Public power utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) has posted vacancy announcements for 163 university degree holders, of which 62 are reserved for first-time job seekers.
The plan is to offer fixed-term contracts for a period of up to two years to 47 mechanical engineers, 43 electrical engineers, 20 mining engineers, 10 information technology experts, as well as 12 construction, 9 geodesy, 5 geology, and 2 technology experts, 12 law degree holders, and one each chemist, economist, and psychologist, EPS said in a press release.
The main employment criterion will be the applicants’ academic achievements, according to the press release. EPS is offering jobs at locations across Serbia, including 51 in the municipality of Lazarevac, 38 in Kostolac, 25 in Belgrade, 18 in Obrenovac, five each in Surdulica and Negotin, four each in Nova Varoš and Kladovo, three in Pirot, two each in Čačak, Mali Zvornik, and Bajina Bašta, and one each in Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Niš, and Novi Sad.
Applications are to be submitted through poslovi.infostud.com. The deadline to apply is September 19.
“As one of the top 10 employers in Serbia, we expect strong interest from young people in the vacancy announcements. EPS is the largest company in Serbia, with a large number of experts in various fields, and that provides a unique opportunity to young people to apply and enhance the knowledge they acquired in universities,” said EPS acting General Manager Milorad Grčić, adding that EPS is carrying out major investment projects which should drive the development of Serbia’s energy sector, making this an ideal opportunity for EPS to get “young blood” in the form of young experts, who in turn can learn from the company’s top veterans.
Workforce rejuvenation in wake of rightsizing effort
Tatjana Pavlović, executive director for finance at EPS, said earlier that EPS currently has a workforce of around 29,000, and that it is envisaged to reduce the number of jobs by 5,000, or 15%, in the period from 2014 to 2020.
“We have already reduced the number by about 3,000 – 2,947 to be precise, mainly under the stimulating severance pay program. The intensity of work, however, raises the question of whether EPS will have enough employees in 2020. EPS is the largest energy company in Serbia, but also in the Balkans,” Pavlović said in March.
In the program statement concerning the new Policy Coordination Instrument (PCI) recently approved by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Serbian authorities wrote that they “have continued implementing the 2016–19 labor optimization plan” at EPS.
“We have engaged the World Bank and the EBRD [European Bank for Reconstruction and Development] to support our plan to enhance corporate governance, management, and procurement and planning frameworks,” according to the text of the program statement concerning the PCI, which the IMF Executive Board approved on July 18.
The legal status of public power utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) will be changed to a joint-stock company in 2020, while a tariff review for 2018 will be completed by the end of August with the assistance of the World Bank, the Serbian authorities wrote in the program statement.