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Working Conditions

Average wage

According to the data from the Slovak Statistical Office, the average gross monthly wage in 2009 was EUR 745.

For manufacturing industry, the average gross monthly wage in the same period was EUR 732 and in construction EUR 558. Professionals earn substantially more (the average monthly wage of IT specialists was EUR 1,542).

Minimum wage

The official minimum monthly wage as of 1 January, 2010 was EUR 307.70 and the minimum hourly wage was EUR 1.77.

Unemployment

On the basis of data from Slovak Statistical Office, the unemployment rate in Slovakia in March 2010 was 12.9%. There are substantial regional differences and in Bratislava the figure is much lower. There are imbalances in the labour market with over-employment prevalent in the agricultural sector and under-employment in the service sectors.

Anti-discrimination

Pursuant to Act 365/2004 Coll. on Equal Treatment in Certain Areas and Protection against Discrimination, amending and supplementing certain other laws (Antidiscrimination Act) and in conformity with the principle of equal treatment, any discrimination shall be prohibited in employment relations or similar legal relations or other related legal relations on grounds of sex, religion or belief, racial, national or ethnic origin, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Employment Contracts

Pre-contractual relations

When recruiting staff, employers must comply with rules aimed at preventing discrimination against certain individuals. An employer may not ask a potential employee questions within a defined range of matters such as family circumstances, age, etc. If the interviewee believes that his/her rights have been violated in this area, he/she may take legal action and claim financial compensation from the employer.

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