Interestingly, advertisements published in July required less of all levels of education compared to the year before, except for low-skilled and skilled workers for whom demand increased year-on-year. Source: Institute of Economics, Zagreb However, due to a slightly stronger decline over the past two months, the average value of the index in the first seven months of this year is lower by 0,5 percent compared to the same period last year. Lower demand for work in the first seven months of 2019 compared to 2018 may reflect slightly weaker indicators in tourism this year, since among the published online ads still occupy the largest share of occupations belonging to the tourism sector, according to the analysis of the Economic Institute Zagreb. After the weakening of labor demand in May and June, the OVI index in July points to a recovery given the index’s growth of 1,9 percent compared to July 2018. The most sought-after occupations in the past month were salesman, waiter, chefAs in July last year, the most sought-after occupations in the past month were salesman, waiter, chef, driver and warehouseman, which accounted for over 35 percent of the total ads posted. In July, the demand for work in central Croatia also fell slightly (accounting for 60 percent of all published advertisements), while the demand for work in other regions increased compared to July 2018. The largest positive contribution to the growth in the number of advertisements on an annual basis was made by advertisements for the professions of salesmen and waiters, while the most negative contribution was made by advertisements for the profession of computer scientist. In just under 2 percent of ads, it is indicated that the employment of foreigners is desirable, mostly for the professions of programmers and computer scientists.