Faced with difficulties in getting qualified staff, summer resorts in Bulgaria are hiring people from Bulgarian communities in Macedonia, Moldova, Serbia and Ukraine.
Popular Black Sea summer resorts in Bulgaria lose staff to Western holiday destinations where the pay is better, a problem that worsens every year.
To try to deal with the problem, pay of hospitality and entertainment industry employees at Bulgarian summer resorts has become high by the standards of the country, which has among the lowest pay levels in the European Union.
This emerged in a report by public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television, as Bulgaria began its transition from the winter to summer holiday season.
The lack of qualified staff meant that many summer resorts were not ready, while the first “early bird” tourists were expected as early as the end of April.
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