While the Serbian masons, hoping for better wages, flee to the West, workers from Turkey arrive in Serbia, especially in Zlatibor where many construction works are underway.
About 300 Turks, of various job profiles, are currently working on various construction sites in Zlatibor. They do what Romanians and Albanians did before, but for less money. The first groups of Turks arrived this spring.
“Several Serbian real estate developers in Zlatibor have selected Turkish companies as contractors who brought their workers here. One reason is that domestic construction companies are in a labor shortage, and the other is that Turkish companies have better machinery. The developers say the Turks are professional and capable workers. Turkish companies work for more money than local companies, but they are also more efficient, they work weekends and holidays in three shifts ”, explains the mayor of Čajetina Stamatović.
At the moment, it is difficult to find masons, painters and decorators, tilers, plumbers and electricians in Užice and its surroundings. Most of them went abroad in search of better paying jobs.
Much has been built in Zlatibor in recent years, and only Belgrade has a larger construction budget relative to the population. The municipality of Čajetina issues around 200 building permits per year, and in the first 6 months of 2021 that number was exceeded.
Ten years ago, Zlatibor had 20,000 beds and today around 30,000, of which around 25,000 are private accommodation. According to the records of the authorities of Čajetina, the price of land here has increased over the past decade. Recently, a 64 hectare plot of land in Zlatibor was sold for 73,000 euros per hectare, two and a half times the initial price.
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