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Slovakia loses thousands of jobs

SLOVAKIA has lost thousands of jobs which are generated by international projects of development assistance. This has happened despite the fact that about €60 million are allocated for these projects every year, the McRoy Group consulting company said in October.

SLOVAKIA has lost thousands of jobs which are generated by international projects of development assistance. This has happened despite the fact that about €60 million are allocated for these projects every year, the McRoy Group consulting company said in October.

“The winners of competitions over providing the development assistance currently seek and contract about 14,000 people,” head of McRoy Group Luboš Sirota said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “These jobs are suitable not only for professionals with experience, but also school graduates have a chance to succeed. The state however does not do anything in order to assist Slovaks to obtain these positions.”

The company added that the jobs generated by international development assistance are appropriate mostly for people with higher qualifications, including experts in infrastructure and construction, project managers, geologists, environmentalists, technicians and project managers.

“The institutions and organisations such as EuropeAid, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank and the United Nations generate about 200 demands for various professions and qualifications through their projects every week,” said Martin Benko, head of the Platform of Entrepreneurs for Foreign Development Cooperation (PPZRS), as quoted by TASR.

The PPZRS deals with the involvement of the private section of the international development assistance, as well as the area of engaging professionals into the international projects.

According to the platform, people who have joined the projects do not only return with experience, but also with contacts to people, companies and organisations from the visited countries. Moreover, the short stays for students in international institutions and the recruitment of people into their inner structures are also interesting, as reported by TASR.
McRoy Group is convinced that there is no information about these offers in Slovakia, therefore people do not know about these jobs.

“It would be appropriate that the state would actively offer these jobs, for example through the internet guide of the labour market project,” Sirota said, as quoted by TASR.

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