Employment

From May 2022, persons with temporary refuge can use the advisory services of the Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family aimed at supporting job searches and providing information on job opportunities on the Slovak labour market and in individual regions of the Slovak Republic. The advisory process consists of three face-to-face meetings, each in the range of 3 hours, in total 9 hours per person. Alternatively, advice can also be provided by distance - by phone or e-mail.

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If you are granted temporary refuge, you can get a job immediately and you do not need additional permits. Employment can be in the form of an employment relationship (ie under an employment contract) or in the form of employment contracts that fall outside the regular employment relationship.

If you are applying for asylum, you can work for up to 9 months after applying. If the application is approved, you have access to the labor market as a citizen of Slovakia.

i: From 30.3.2022 it is possible for asylum seekers, who have Ukrainian nationality, and their family members to enter into an employment relationship immediately after applying for asylum. The spouse of a citizen of Ukraine and the parent of a minor child who is a citizen of Ukraine shall be considered as a family member of a citizen of Ukraine. For other applicants, this is only possible after 9 months.

If you want to get a temporary residence in Slovakia for employment, you need proof of vacancy and a work permit.

If the job you are applying for, requires proof of integrity or a criminal record certificate may be temporarily replaced by an affidavit of integrity for the duration of the emergency situation. In the case of teaching staff, the affidavit must be accompanied by a psychological assessment of psychical competence not older than one year.

In some professions, special documents are required (health card, hygiene minimum, driver’s card). Check with your employer about the need for these documents. For highly skilled or regulated professions (for example, in the health sector), you will also need a nostrified proof of education. Nostrification – the recognition of educational documents – is carried out by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

In some professions, special documents are required (health card, hygiene minimum, driver’s card). Check with your employer about the need for these documents. For highly skilled or regulated professions (for example, in the health sector), you will also need a nostrified proof of education. Nostrification – the recognition of educational documents – is carried out by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

If you are interested in working in the Slovak Republic, you should familiarise yourself with your rights and obligations as an employee and of your employer. You have the same rights as EU nationals on the labour market – minimum wage (€646 gross), holiday entitlement, rest, meal allowance, night and weekend work allowance, health and social insurance. Be careful when choosing a job and make sure the terms of your contract comply with the Labour Code, that you understand them and that you have enough information about the employer. The employment contract must be in written form.

If you feel that your employer is not complying with his obligations under your employment contract or employment legislation, you can file a complaint with the National Labour Inspectorate: www.safework.gov.sk .

Useful advice and recommendations on your rights and obligations SK /UK /EN

↗ More information can be found on the website of the IOM´s Migration Information Center (SK / EN / RU), which also provides free job advice and consultations (contacts).

↗ You can search for jobs for candidates with Ukrainian language skills on the websites workania.eu, profesia.sk, istp.skpretlak.sk and kariera.sk and sluzbyzamestnanosti.gov.sk.

↗  How to find a job and create a CV on kariera.sk (SK/UK/EN)

↗ Useful information and procedures for finding a job can be found at sluzbyzamestnanosti.gov.sk and workania.eu .

The Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family will also provide you with information on job vacancies and advice on employment opportunities in the territory of the Slovak Republic.