This week United Kingdom has announced that it will abolish work permits for Croatian citizens, starting from July 1, 2018. As every country has had the right to restrict its labor market from the newly joined states, UK was no exception when Croatia joined the EU in 2013. As per European law, restrictions may last for 7 years in total, following the scheme 2+3+2 years.
At the end of the 5th year, UK will open its labor market to Croatian citizens, who will be able to look for employment under the same regulations as other EU nationals. This decision may correlate with the fact that UK is currently negotiating the status of foreign citizens for the time when it will leave EU. According to the agreement, EU citizens legally residing in UK until the 2020 will keep all the rights and status obtained until the moment when UK will leave the EU.
However, UK market is chronically lacking the same professions that Croatia is missing too – doctors of medicine and nurses. A large number of them had already left Croatia years ago and went to work in Germany as they did not need work permits to get a job there. With the minimum wage of 7,50 pounds per hour (to be 7,83 as of April 2018), it is to be expected that a certain number of Croatian residents will try to look for a job in UK, starting from July this year.