Across the world International Workers’ Day is celebrated in memory of the day when workers in Chicago started using strikes and protests to fight for an eight-hour working day and improved working conditions. It is the occasion to recall some of the most successful stories, activities and initiatives in the fields of employment, entrepreneurship and inclusion of vulnerable groups in economic activities. The inspirational examples of our associates: bloggers, representatives of civil society organizations, students, could be heard, supported and/or published on the website of the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
As part of the project “Support to Innovative Approaches for Increasing Youth Employment and Employability” in cooperation with local partners and with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, we continued developing models and opportunities for the professional development and inclusion of youth in the world of labour. More on the success stories from this project can be found on the page E2E: Success Stories.
As part of the 41st Belgrade Ignite “Get Involved no. 6”, we had the opportunity to hear the personal stories of presenters on how their everyday efforts are building a society of equity in all areas, including the field of labour. Fatima Kamberović from the Roma Education Fund presented a project by this organization aiming for the active inclusion of Roma in all walks of life. Karolina Stamenković from Babušnica presented the initiative for the development of women’s entrepreneurship in her village.
Bojana Dimitrijević and Nevena Tarlanović, regular authors at the Social Inclusion Blog, note that persons with disabilities often encounter discrimination and resistance from potential employers. Through one of her posts on the “story of a diploma” Bojana Dimitrijević presents us with the experience of seeking a job as a person with a disability, while Nevena Tarlanović notes the challenges in implementing the current legislative framework that regulates the employment of persons with disabilities, along with other issues faced by persons with disabilities in the labour market.
One particularly vulnerable group on the labour market are youth. The organization “Junior Achievement Serbia” has been implementing educational programmes in the field of entrepreneurship and financial literacy in primary and secondary schools across Serbia for over 10 years. You can read about teamwork, practical application of school knowledge in developing entrepreneurial ideas, exchanging experiences with peers from across Europe, the approach to success and failure, investment in personal development and openness for acquiring new entrepreneurial and other know-how in the texts by Nemanja Glavinić, Marko Stanković, Nemanja Milovanović and Kristina Đurić as part of the Junior Achievement profile on the Social Inclusion Blog.
The Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit worked in particular on analysing data in the field of labour and employment through the development of the Third National Report on Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction 2014-2017, and through developing the Social Development Index of Towns and Municipalities.
Under the section of the Third National Report on Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction in the Republic of Serbia 2014-2017 dealing with the aspect of employment and labour market, the thematic focus is on the analysis Youth in the Labour Market in Serbia.
The supplemented edition of the Social Development Index of Towns and Municipalities provides, inter alia, an overview of the economic indicators of the development of municipalities (employment rate, unemployment rate, average net salary, own income of towns and municipalities).
Recommended publications in the field of labour and employment:
- Third National Report on Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction in the Republic of Serbia 2014-2017 (.pdf)
- Monitoring Social Inclusion in the Republic of Serbia – Employment and Labour Market Indicators (.pdf)
- National Employment Action Plan 2019 (.pdf)
- Evaluation of the package of services for youth and relevant programmes and measures financed from the budget of the Government of the Republic of Serbia aimed at youth (.pdf)
- Profile of workers employed through temporary employment agencies (.pdf)
- Gender Equality Index in the Republic of Serbia (.pdf)