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The companies that choose Plovdiv as an investment destination have access to human capital, consisting of many well-trained workers and specialists, with the potential to create added value for various sectors of manufacturing and services.

The labor market in Plovdiv has been stronger than most other regions in Bulgaria since the beginning of the global economic crisis. Plovdiv has a well-developed services sector with more than 79 600 employees, which adds to the concentration of production in the region. The service sector in Plovdiv is closely related to the local industry and provides a full range of high quality services related to the activity of manufacturing enterprises. About half of all employees in the service sector work in the retail industry. More than 11 400 workers are employed in the construction sector. Plovdiv also stands out with one of the most developed business services sectors in Bulgaria. In addition, more than 49 800 people are employed in the fast-growing IT and professional services sectors, accounting for a significant percentage of all jobs in the sector.

In order to meet the needs of the businesses, Plovdiv’s workforce is diversified with people possessing a wide variety of qualifications and skills. There are about 40 000 people employed in the administrative, analytical and management sectors. Plovdiv employs nearly 18 420 technicians, 27 442 skilled industrial workers and 35 929 machine operators (2017 data). The workforce is specialized, but easily adapts to other segments of industrial production.

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