Croatia and Slovakia have vacancies for up to 1,600 Filipino workers in their tourism and hospitality sector. Elsa Villa, president of the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc (Pasei), said the two European countries were short of workers because of their small populations, ABS-CBN News reported.

The Pasei president said Croatia was in need of 1,000 workers, while Slovakia needed 600. The two countries’ economies relies on their tourism sector and more workers were needed in the hospitality industry. Starting salaries will range from US$800 to US$1,000 and overtime will be given if workers exceed their normal hours.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said while there was no existing agreement between the Philippines and Croatia and Slovakia, Filipinos were allowed to be deployed to the two countries as long as they did so legally.

Filipino jobseekers were urged to check with the POEA to avoid falling victim to illegal recruiters or human trafficking.