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Bulgaria: Recruitment and selection

Original and updating authors: Kalina Tchakarova and Youliana Naoumova, DGKV

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  • Employers are prohibited from discriminating in recruitment and selection on various grounds, including sex, race, nationality, religion or faith, disability, age, sexual orientation and family status. (See Discrimination)
  • Employers must not, when advertising a vacancy, set requirements linked to the statutory prohibited grounds of discrimination. (See Advertising vacancies)
  • Statutory rules govern matters such as discrimination in selection, criminal-record checks and the documents that employers may require from job applicants. (See Selection)
  • There is no explicit statutory regulation of job offers, the contents of such offers, or how they should be communicated to applicants. (See Job offers)
  • There are public financial incentives for employers to hire certain categories of people, such as individuals under the age of 29 and various groups of unemployed people. (See Employment incentives)
  • The employment of under-16s is prohibited, with some exceptions (for example, 15-year-olds may be employed in certain light work), while the employment of young people aged 16 or 17 is subject to various restrictions. (See Young people and children)
  • People who are not nationals of the European Economic Area countries or Switzerland generally require a work permit for employment in Bulgaria. (See Foreign nationals)
  • On recruiting an employee, an employer must notify the National Revenue Agency and enter the details of the employment in the employee's official "work book". (See Formalities)