More than 6500 citizens of non-EU countries have been employed since May 2018 to work at Bulgaria’s Black Sea resorts for the summer season, according to the country’s Employment Agency.
Most of them, 5500, are from Ukraine, according to the agency.
The hiring of foreigners by Bulgaria’s hospitality industry is a response to a serious shortfall of Bulgarians willing to work at the country’s holiday resorts. Those qualified to do so prefer to seek higher salaries at resorts outside the country.
According to local media, for the foreigners hired for the summer, “fluency in Bulgarian is optional”. Preference is given to people able to speak Russian and English.
The foreigners are registered for seasonal employment, meaning a period of up to 90 days. A total of 110 were granted permission for longer periods, up to a limit of nine months.
The second-largest group of summer seasonal holiday workers are from Moldova (675), Kyrgyzstan (151), Russia (107) and Macedonia (97).
Jobs typically include being room cleaning staff, bartenders, receptionists, and chefs.
By Bulgarian law on seasonal work, foreign citizens in Bulgaria should be provided with working and pay conditions that are not less favourable than those for Bulgarian citizens in the respective category of labour, the Employment Agency said./IBNA