The first virtual job fair in Serbia, which was organised by the National Employment Service (NES) with assistance from the global programme “Migration for Development” (PME), was held on 20 May 2021 via a modern online platform that enabled the 7,500 registered participants to get in touch with representatives from 70 companies. Over half of those taking part were women, and more than 1,500 visitors were returnees. Around 2,800 jobs were on offer at the fair, mostly in engineering, mechanical engineering and information and communication technology, but also in crafts such as tailoring and sewing or in sales, translation and production.
The PME's far-reaching conceptual and logistical support for the NES and an extensive publicity campaign resulted in satisfied partners and an unprecedented success in terms of attendees. The fair was fully booked. The COVID-19 pandemic meant that all the advantages of the digital format, which is an integral part of the digitisation of Serbian government services, were fully exploited.