Employment in the European labour market

Croatian citizens are free to work in EU member states without special approvals or work permits, except in those countries that have retained existing restrictions in their national law

Croatian citizens enjoy the freedom of movement for workers, i.e., the possibility to reside and work without the obligation to obtain a work permit in the European Economic Area. Mutual restrictions, i.e., the work permit regime, exist between Croatia and Austria until 30 June 2020, and the freedom of movement between the member states of the European Union and the United Kingdom is in force at least until the end of 2020. Croatian citizens continue to be subject to the work permit regime in the Swiss Confederation.

Following Croatia's accession to the European Union, the Croatian Employment Service (CES) has become a part of EURES, a cooperation network aimed at facilitating free movement of workers in the EU member states, the European Economic Area and Switzerland, coordinated by the European Coordination Office for EURES.

EURES was set up to promote mobility, provide information, counselling and referral services and ensure mediation between employers and job seekers in the European labour market.

Information sources

If you are looking for a job or looking for an EU worker, the first step is to visit the website of the Croatian Employment Service.

Here you will find information for job seekers and employers, information on the movement of workers in individual member states, current EURES projects and events in Croatia, as well as publications dealing with the area of freedom of movement for workers and employment in the European labour market. In addition, answers to frequently asked questions are provided as well as helpful tips and information for job seekers.


You will find job vacancies posted by employers from other member states who have a need for workers from the Croatian market on the Labour Exchange platform if you select the option “jobs in the EU” in the search engine in the category “counties”.

You will find a larger selection of job vacancies for the entire EU, EEA and Switzerland on the EURES portal.