Hire employees
and contractors in Slovakia

Remote’s guide to employing in Slovakia.

Capital city
Bratislava
Currency
Euro (EUR)
Population size
5,464,060 (est. 2020)
Language spoken
Slovak
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Facts & stats

The Slovak Republic (Slovenskà Republika) is a Central parliamentary democracy, famous for its breathtaking mountainous terrain and ancient towns with rich history.

Slovakia combines a free market economy with a strong social security system into one of the most equitable countries in Europe. Quality of life in Slovakia is strong thanks to universal healthcare, free education, and generous work-life benefits for its workforce of 2.8 million.

Slovakia Map
  • Capital city
    Bratislava
  • Currency
    Euro (EUR)
  • Language spoken
    Slovak
  • Population size
    5,464,060 (est. 2020)
  • Ease of doing business
    Very Easy (2020)
  • Cost of living index
    49.08 (2021)
  • Payroll frequency
    Monthly
  • VAT – standard rate
    20%
  • GDP - real growth rate
    2.3 (2019)
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Grow your team in Slovakia with Remote

To employ in Slovakia, companies must own a local legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solution. Managing payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance in Slovakia can get complicated, especially without established local relationships.

Remote’s global employment solution makes it easy for your company to employ workers in Slovakia quickly, efficiently, and in full compliance with all applicable labor laws. We take on the responsibility and legal risks of international employment so you can focus on hiring great talent and growing your business. If you are looking to employ workers in Slovakia, contact Remote to learn about your options.

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Risks of misclassification

Like many other EU countries, Slovakia treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time workers differently and there are risks associated with misclassification.

In line with EU labor statutes, your company may be required to pay accrued entitlements worth several tens of thousands of Euros, if you’re found guilty of misclassifying employees.

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Employing in Slovakia

The Slovak Labor Code of 2001 is the principal statute guiding employment relations, including workers’ rights and entitlements across Slovakia’s eight regions.

Employees in Slovakia enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include the minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Slovakia.

Public holidays

Date Holiday Name Extra information
Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic
Epiphany Tentative
Good Friday Tentative
Easter Monday Tentative
Labour Day
Victory Day in Europe
Saints Cyril and Methodius Day
Anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising
Day of Constitution of the Slovak Republic
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
All Saint’s Day
Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
2nd Day of Christmas
Saint Stephen’s Day
Minimum
Wage

Factoring in pay for the 13th month, which is often prorated over the year, the Slovakian minimum wage is evens out to 623 Euros per month.

Payroll
Cycle
For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.
Onboarding
Time
We can help you get a new employee started in Slovakia fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only three days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

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Competitive benefits package in Slovakia

Beyond statutory benefits, employers should consider offering additional benefits for employees in Slovakia to attract and retain the best talent.

Remote can help you provide a competitive and compliant benefits package for your employees around the globe. If you have questions or would like to offer a custom benefit, let us know and we can help.

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Taxes in Slovakia

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Slovakia.

  • Employer

    • 10% - Health insurance
    • 1.4% - Sickness insurance
    • 14% - Pension contribution
    • 3% - Disability insurance
    • 1% - Unemployment insurance
    • 0.25% - Guarantee insurance
    • 0.8% - Accident insurance
    • 4.75% - Reserve fund
  • Employee

    • 4% - Health insurance
    • 1.4% - Sickness insurance
    • 4% - Pension contribution
    • 3% - Disability insurance
    • 1% - Unemployment insurance
  • Employee Income taxes

    • 19% - up to €37,981
    • 25% - €37,981 and above
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Types of leave

Paid
time off

The Slovakian Labour Code stipulates an annual leave entitlement for different classes of workers, depending on age, personal circumstances, occupation, and complexity or physical demand of an occupation.

  • 4 weeks: Basic annual leave
  • 5 weeks: Employees aged 33 and above
  • 8 weeks: Educational staff, i.e., teachers, lecturers, professors, etc.

Employees that have worked for less than 60 days are still entitled to 1/12 of their yearly entitlement.

Public
holidays

Except for those employed in a few essential industries, employees are entitled to paid time off on Slovakia’s 14 public holidays and employers cannot enter into negotiations to get them to work.

Sick
leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave, at a fraction of their normal wages.

Through the first three days of an employee’s illness, the employee will receive 25% of the normal wage s/he’s entitled to, paid by the employer; until day 10 the sickness benefit will be paid out at 55% of the normal wage.

From the 11th day of an illness, employees can draw a sickness benefit equal to 55% of the full wages, paid by the Social Insurance Agency.

Maternity
leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 37 weeks of paid maternity leave, starting up to eight weeks before delivery at a rate equivalent to 75% of the employee’s normal wages. Likewise, if an insured employee other than a postpartum mother takes care of a child, the employee will be entitled to 28 weeks of paid leave.

Slovakian maternity leave policy entitles only one insured person to draw a maternity benefit for childbirth, i.e., either the mother or the insured employee taking care of the child.

Slovakian maternity leave is paid by social security funds at a rate of 75% of the gross daily salary.

Paternity/parental
leave

Employers are required to grant partners of postpartum employees a paid parental leave that will last until the end of the mother’s leave.

Additionally, parents can request time off work completely until their child turns three, or six — if the child has any disability. In this case, such employees will be entitled to a parental allowance equivalent to €203.20 per month.

Other
leave
  • Adoption leave: Couples who adopt or foster children care entitled to 28 weeks of paid leave, 31 weeks for single parents, and 37 weeks of paid leave for parents with two or more children under their care.
  • Bereavement leave: Employees can take up to three days of paid leave off following the death of a spouse or child, and to attend the funeral.
Unique Slovakian
benefits
  • Slovakian employees are entitled to a meal allowance and employers must comply with this statutory benefit
  • There is no statutory obligation but it is the common practice in Slovakia to offer employees both 13th and 14th month salaries
  • Overtime pay for hours over 40 a week must be paid at 125% of the gross salary
  • Pay for working on a Saturday is 150% of the gross salary
  • Pay for working on a Sunday is 200% of the gross salary
  • Pay for work during night hours is calculated at 140% of the employees’ gross salary
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Employment
termination

Termination process

Employees can be terminated for just cause, such as redundancy, dishonesty, negligence, fraud, any work-related offenses. This can either be with prior notice provided or during the probation period.

Notice period

Notice periods in Slovakia depend on how long an employee has worked with the employer.

The Employer needs to give the following notice periods based on Slovak labor law:

  • 1 month for an employee working for less than 1 year
  • 2 months for an employee working for at least 1 year but less than 5 years
  • 3 months for an employee working for at least 5 years

Severance pay

Employees are entitled to severance payment, ranging from one to 10 month’s salary, depending on the circumstances of the severance.

For employees terminated by notice, the severance pay can be anywhere from:

  • 2 – 5 years: one month’s salary
  • 5 – 10 years: two month’s salary

If an employer terminates an employee due to an occupational disability acquired while on the job (by accident, etc.) the employee will be entitled to a severance package equal to 10 months’ pay.

Probation periods

An employment contract can specify a probationary period of three months, or six when hiring for managerial positions.

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