Planned mass layoffs caused – at least in part – by the global economic crisis are endangering 17,827 jobs in Slovakia and in comparison with the previous week, their number grew moderately by 52 positions for the week of July 20-26, the SITA newswire reported.
According to figures from the Economy Ministry figures, 36,498 people were expected to lose their jobs in announced layoffs since the beginning of 2009 but in reality only 18,671 people lost their jobs. No employer reported a mass layoff last week. The number of available jobs posted a moderate increase of 93 positions since last week to a total of 7,165. The Bratislava region had the highest number of available jobs at 2,363. In contrast, the Košice region offered 404 jobs.
Big foreign investors do not plan any layoffs because of the crisis at the current time, the Economy Ministry said. Samsung Galanta, Kia Motors Slovakia, Mobis Slovakia, Sony Slovakia and Volkswagen Slovakia have not announced any mass layoffs.
Only the Trnava-based carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen Slovakia reported in February a plan to lay off 190 people due to lower car sales on the European market. The ministry said that the carmaker has laid off 39 employees to date.
“The Samsung Galanta factory has thus far reduced its staff numbers by 466 people who quit on a voluntary basis, while to date, 536 job positions are occupied of the total planned number of 800, which is fulfilment at 67 percent,” the Economy Ministry added, as quoted by the SITA newswire. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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27. Jul 2009 at 14:00