Working in Slovenia



Considered as a high-income country, Slovenia is a well-developed European nation that is stable and progressive. Although the country’s economy suffered from the major European economic crisis which begun in the late 2000s, especially in terms of foreign investment, Slovenia is constantly taking up preventive and restorative measures to improve the state of the country. Slovenia was ranked 40th out of 195 countries all over the world by the Central Intelligence Agency in terms of GDP (PPP) per capita, with an estimated $27,400.

Job Market

Slovenia has an approximated work force of 920,200. About two thirds or 62.8% of the Slovene working population is employed in the Services sector, while 35% are in the industry sector. The remaining 2.2% can be found in the agricultural sector. Since Slovenia is known to have a highly educated labor force, foreign nationals aspiring to work in this progressive country might find it quite an uphill battle to land a job due to the tough competition with Slovene nationals. Another factor to consider is the high rate of unemployment in the country. At the moment, there is not enough new employment opportunities, which is caused by falling investments and decrease in labor costs.

Meanwhile, for expats who want to take their chances in Slovenia, sectors that offer opportunities for employment include trade and industry, particularly car production, as well as the services sector, commerce, manufacturing, construction, and business services. Among the companies that employ the highest number of people in Slovenia are Telekom Slovenijed.d. Ljubljana, PoštaSlovenijed.o.o. Maribor, Gorenjed.d. Velenje, Mercator d.d. Ljubljana, Krka d.d. Novo Mesto, Boxmark Leather d.o.o., Uniord.d. Zreče, Lekd.d. Ljubljana,SŽ – Vleka in tehnika, Ljubljana, Revozd.d. Novo Mesto, Kidričevo and Merkurd.d. Naklo. 

Minimum Wage/Salary

At present, the minimum wage in Slovenia stands at €783.66 ($1,080) a month, or €4.52 ($6.23) per hour. The minimum wage of workers in Slovenia, which is set by the Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Affairs (MDDSZ) has experienced a 2.7% increase from the previous year.

Working Conditions

Slovenia has a standard work week of forty hours per week, or eight hours a day, Mondays to Fridays. Major businesses and establishments usually operate from 8AM to 5PM, or 9AM to 6PM. Slovene employees who are working full time are entitled to have a 30-minute break during daily work, and 12 hours of uninterrupted rest within a 24-hour period. Furthermore, all employees are entitled to have a paid annual leave of four weeks every year, and paid absence of not more than seven working days.

Income Tax

Income tax in Slovenia is levied on all workers at a progressive scale, starting from 16% up to 50%. Slovenia has double taxation conventions with a number of countries, so foreign nationals working in Slovenia might want to check if their home country has a tax treaty with Slovenia to avoid double taxation on their income.


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