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Factsheet for measure BG-2022-10/2309 – measures in Bulgaria

Job Dashboard and recruitment events for citizens of Ukraine

Актуални оферти за работа за граждани от Украина

Country Bulgaria , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 02 March 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
Author Ekaterina Markova (IPS-Bas) and Eurofound
Measure added 18 May 2022 (updated 01 March 2023)

Background information

Nearly 70% of Ukrainian citizens who came to Bulgaria express their readiness to start working immediately, according to a survey conducted by the Employment Agency.

The state initiative of creation of information website includes specialised portal for job offers. The employers could send their offers in English. The site translates all information automatically in Ukrainian, Russian and Bulgarian language.

Content of measure

The job dashboard for citizens of Ukraine coming to Bulgaria includes various search options: by key word, as well as search of freelance, full-time, part-time or temporary jobs. The Job Dashboard provides information in four languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English and Bulgarian.

The Employment Agency organises face to face recruitment events in various locations where employers could directly meet the persons, searching for a job. Nine such events are planned to be organised in May 2022 and the Job Dashboard presents the schedule. Information about the events is publicly available on the information portal.

The Employment Agency distributes two surveys for Ukrainian citizens willing to work in Bulgaria and attitudes and capabilities of employers to offer and hire citizens who have left Ukraine.

Use of measure

953 Ukrainian citizens have started working on a labour contract in Bulgaria from 24 February to 7 April 2022 according to the National Revenue Agency.

The mobile groups of the Employment Agency have consulted 4,100 Ukrainians about the opportunities to access the labour market in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian employers declare their readiness to hire Ukrainian citizens, 424 employers have sought services for hiring Ukrainian citizens and announced 2,830 open positions. In March 2022, 17,302 jobs have been announced by the Employment Agency.

More than 5,600 Ukrainians have already started working under an employment contract, according to the portal (15 June 2022). Employees are distributed in almost all districts of the country, in 20 sectors of the economy in 9 different professional fields. The work sectors are expanding in the following directions: from hotels and restaurants, administrative and ancillary activities to construction and professional activities and research and IT. At the beginning of the crisis, the IT sector said it needed about 30,000 staff and the textile industry could take in about 20,000. Ukrainians have already been recruited in various industries as managers, specialists, technicians, support and administrative staff, and people. with professions that do not require special qualifications.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Migrants or refugees in employment
Applies to all businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


There is no social partners' involvement in the creation of this Job Dashboard, although employer organisations clearly expressed they will support labour integration of citizens of Ukraine, who are registered for temporary protection. The recruitment initiatives are organised and created by the state Employment Agency.

Views and reactions

There is no clear involvement of social partners organisations. However, 208 employers had completed the Employment Agency surveys and advertised over 1,300 jobs within the Job Dashboard.



Eurofound (2022), Job Dashboard and recruitment events for citizens of Ukraine, measure BG-2022-10/2309 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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