Plovdiv has a well-developed service sector, which complements the local manufacturing cluster. The service sector in Plovdiv is closely linked to the local industry and provides all the high-quality services a manufacturing company might need. About 33 000 employees are working in retail, but there are also 10 000 construction workers and more than 13 000 transport and logistics specialists. Plovdiv has also one of the best developed business service sectors in Bulgaria.The labor force in Plovdiv is very diverse according to the qualification of employees. Plovdiv employs 26 500 skilled industrial workers and 17 317 technicians. The labor force is specialized but nevertheless readily adaptable and can easily work in different segments of industrial production.
Wages by segment
In services, wages on average are highest in information technology, one of the fastest growing industries in recent years, providing opportunities for highly skilled labor. Hiring labor for the “light industries” such as manufacturing of food and beverages as well as clothing and shoes is on average cheaper than employing a worker in the “heavy” industries, which typically require more specialized skills and knowledge, such as manufacturing of machines and equipment or metal parts. By occupations, wages for specialists incl. engineers, are two times higher than those for skilled workers.
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