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Factsheet for measure BG-2022-21/2285 – measures in Bulgaria
, applies regionally
|Time period||Open ended, started on 16 May 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Tsetomila Sabcheva and Luboslav Kostov (Citub) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||16 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)|
Lidl Bulgaria advertised job opportunities for several locations. All cities, covered by Lidl job offers, receive large groups of refugees from Ukraine.
The job offers are in Ukrainian language, supported by video message with subtitles in Ukrainian language. Among the main requirements, Lidl asks for knowledge of the Bulgarian language.
Lidl as an employer in Bulgaria, is offering Ukrainian citizens with temporary protection status stable jobs in various Bulgarian cities. Among other benefits the employer offers short Bulgarian language courses.
Ukrainian citizens with temporary protection status can apply for the vacant positions in Sofia, Plovdiv, Asenovgrad, as well as in the Black Sea cities - Varna, Burgas, Nessebar, Sozopol, Pomorie, Tsarevo and Balchik. They can start working as a cashier-salesman (if they have a good level of Bulgarian), arranger or commission agent in the warehouse in the village of Ravno pole. Lidl Bulgaria will provide the citizens of Ukraine with full administrative support to arrange documents for stay and work, as well as assistance in finding housing.
The program of the company is on-going and there is no public information how many citizens of Ukraine have started to work for Lidl. The company supports Ukrainians with financial aid for renting a flat for the first six months of the contract, as well as with a Bulgarian language course to facilitate adaptation and settle into the job.
Migrants or refugees in employment
||Does not apply to businesses||
Migrants or refugees
Company / Companies
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:
This is a company support measure, solely created and maintained by the company management.
"In this extremely difficult situation, in which the people of Ukraine find themselves, we want to help in a timely manner and in the most effective way possible all those who have received temporary protection status in our country. We believe that the opportunity to start a secure job is an important step to help them settle in our country," said Milena Dragiyska, CEO of Lidl Bulgaria.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles||G47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
Eurofound (2022), Lidl offers jobs and language training to Ukrainians in Bulgaria, measure BG-2022-21/2285 (measures in Bulgaria), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/BG-2022-21_2285.html
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