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Factsheet for measure BG-2022-21/2285 – measures in Bulgaria

Lidl offers jobs and language training to Ukrainians in Bulgaria

Lidl търси да назначи на работа украински граждани

Country Bulgaria , applies regionally

    • – BG3 СЕВЕРНА И ЮГОИЗТОЧНА БЪЛГАРИЯ (SEVERNA I YUGOIZTOCHNA BULGARIA)
      – BG4 ЮГОЗАПАДНА И ЮЖНА ЦЕНТРАЛНА БЪЛГАРИЯ (YUGOZAPADNA I YUZHNA TSENTRALNA BULGARIA)
Time period Open ended, started on 16 May 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Company practices
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Ekaterina Markova (IPS-Bas) and Eurofound
Measure added 16 May 2022 (updated 01 March 2023)

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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.

Use of measure

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.

Nine working positions are available for Ukrainians (21 February 2023), according to Lidl website.

Contents

  • Training and employability

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Migrants or refugees in employment
Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
Employer

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: Company level

Involvement

This is a company support measure, solely created and maintained by the company management.

Views and reactions

"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.

Sectors and occupations

    • 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)
      Sales workers

Sources

Citation

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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