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Labour mobility of jobseekers in Slovakia is decreasing

People prefer going abroad to moving within Slovakia

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The labour mobility of people out of work in Slovakia is decreasing for the third consecutive year. Experts ascribe this to the decreasing unemployment and increasing number of vacancies.

The willingness to travel for work last year fell 5 percentage points to 56.7 percent. The share of unemployed people willing to change their place of residence decreased by 7 percentage points to 23 percent compared to the previous year. This results from a survey that the AKO pollster carried out for HR Alliance. AKO conducted the survey between December 7 and 20, 2017 on a sample of 300 respondents.

“Although half of the unemployed claim to be willing to travel for work, in reality, their mobility is very low,” said Jana Mesárová, HR Alliance Vice-President, when presenting the results of the survey. “More than 60 percent of them want to spend at most €50 euros a month on commuting to work, which represents about €2.50 euros a day to get to work and back. More than 70 percent of the unemployed are willing to travel from work and back for an hour at maximum.”

Read also:The unemployment rate continued its downward trend in December

In case of moving for a job, people prefer moving abroad to moving within Slovakia. This is because since the main motive is changing permanent address, they want to go where they will earn significantly more than in their native region.

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