Benefits for employees and employers hiring people in poor regions

(Source: Sme)
  • Special allowance for people drawing material need benefits

    People drawing benefits in material need, who were without work for more than one year and sign an employment contract, can ask for a special allowance as of 2015. There are two conditions set by the law: to have at least a part-time job contract and to earn no more than twice the minimum wage (which amounts to €810 a month for 2016). After meeting these conditions, people receive €126.14 a month during the first six months, and another €63.07 during the following six months.
  • Payroll tax reduction

    As of December 2015 employers can ask for a payroll tax deduction if they hire a person registered with the labour office for at least six months, earning no more than 67 percent of the average monthly wage. The employee also has to have a permanent residency in a district with an unemployment rate higher than the national average. The employer should have no debts with the social insurer Sociálna Poisťovňa. He also cannot replace any of his current employees with the long-term unemployed. After meeting these conditions, employees and employers do not pay sickness, pension and unemployment insurance for the following 12 months.
  • Allowance for support of employment of disadvantaged jobseeker

    The allowance is given to an employer hiring a disadvantaged job seeker registered with the labour office for more than three months, if they sign at least a part-time employment contract. The sum differs from 25 percent of the total price of labour in Bratislava Region to 40 percent in districts where the jobless rate is higher than the national average. The employer receives the allowance for 12 months.
  • Allowance to maintain existing jobs

    The allowance is provided to employers who at least three months before asking for the benefit keep the job even if they face serious problems based on which they limit their operation. It amounts to 50 percent of wage compensation given to employees for 12 months.
  • Integration of disadvantaged jobseekers in social enterprises

    The social enterprise is defined as a company where at least 30 percent of employees are constituted of disadvantaged jobseekers; which helps disadvantaged jobseekers to find work; or which uses at least 30 percent of its revenues to create new jobs or improve working conditions.
  • Contribution to create new jobs

    Companies who create jobs in districts with a high unemployment rate can also receive investment aid to support their initial investment.
  • Financial aid to help maintain employment in small and medium-sized companies

    The Finance Ministry can provide small and medium-sized companies with financial aid to help maintain jobs via a bank. The bank is selected by the Finance Ministry, about which it informs on its website.
  • Commuting allowance

    The employees receive the allowance during the first six months after they start working, if they have to commute from the place of their permanent residency to their work. They had to have been registered with the labour offices for at least three months. The allowance amounts to a maximum of €135 a month, depending on the distance.
  • Allowance to support labour mobility

    The allowance is given to jobseekers registered with the labour offices for more than three months who find new work at least 70 kilometres from the place of their permanent residency. They do not have to change their permanent address and can report only their temporary residence. The employees receive the allowance amounting to 80 percent of costs on accommodation (but not more than €250) during the first six months after starting to work. The unemployed from disadvantaged groups can ask for receiving the allowance at a maximum of €125 a month for an additional six months.

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