Slovenia, a country in Central Europe, is known for its mountains, ski resorts, and lakes. On Lake Bled, a glacial lake fed by hot springs, the town of Bled contains a church-topped islet and a cliffside medieval castle. In Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, baroque facades mix with the 20th-century architecture of native Jože Plečnik, whose iconic Tromostovje (Triple Bridge) spans the tightly curving Ljubljanica River.
Slovenia is a small country in the north-west of the Balkan region. This is the richest and most prosperous state among the republics of the former Yugoslavia. Today Slovenia is a full member of NATO and the European Union. Schengen zone, part of the EU. Despite the relatively modest size of the country, there is always a demand for both highly qualified specialists and seasonal workers.
Labor Market in Slovenia
The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the European Union – about 3%. But at the same time, the number of vacancies is not very large, so the level of competition for jobs is relatively high. Immigrants from the former USSR, as a rule, find work in the field of logging, logistics, tourism, and agriculture.
Among the main advantages of Labor Migration to Slovenia are:
- Comfortable working conditions;
- constantly growing wages;
- moderate income gap;
- lack of corruption;
- In general, a very favorable economic situation.
However, there are two significant drawbacks. First, the cost of renting housing in the country is quite high, so finding comfortable housing without a good salary is not so easy. Secondly, in order to find a decent job, it is necessary, at least at an intermediate level, to speak Slovenian, which is quite distinctive and difficult to master.
Popular Professions and Salaries
The basis of the Slovenian economy is the food, chemical and woodworking industries, as well as agriculture, logging, and logistics services. In the segment of highly qualified specialists, programmers, teachers, engineers, and doctors are most in demand. In addition, there is a constant demand for nurses, as well as middle-level workers to work in the service sector (catering, trade, tourism, cosmetology, etc.)
The minimum wage is set by law at around 3.51 euros per hour. Unskilled workers usually earn around 800-1000 euros per month. Skilled workers in the logging industry, industry, construction, etc. earn 1200-1600 euros. Salaries of doctors, lawyers, engineers, and other highly qualified specialists reach 2,000-3,000 euros. In Slovenia, the average income is a salary of 1,400 euros per month.
As of 2019, the list of the most scarce specialists is headed by:
- Sports instructors (skiing);
- Tour guides with knowledge of foreign languages;
- Hotel managers;
- Workers at the metallurgical plant.
In addition, during the harvest season, there is a need for seasonal agricultural workers.
General Job Search Engines and Classifieds. Find Jobs in Slovenia in the below job portal.
- ESS: https://www.ess.gov.si – Jobs website run by the government.
- Mojedelo: https://www.mojedelo.com/
- Mojazaposlitev: https://www.optius.com/
- Career Jet: https://www.careerjet.co.uk/
- Learn4Good: https://www.learn4good.com/
Official Employment Procedure
Being a part of the EU, Slovenia uses the same standard rules for the labor legalization of foreigners as other countries of the community. This means that preference is given to local residents as well as citizens of other EU countries. Only if it is impossible to hire an EU resident, can an employer obtain a work permit for a citizen of a non-EU country?
An employer who hires foreigner issues a work permit for him for a period not exceeding 12 months. For the same period issued a residence permit. In the absence of problems and conflict situations, a foreigner, as a rule, easily extends a work permit and a residence permit. After 20 months of staying in Slovenia and working under a formal contract, a foreigner can obtain permission for dismissal from the company with which the initial contract was signed, and for employment in any other company. If the dismissal occurred within the framework of downsizing, then such a foreigner may even register for unemployment.