Companies seek pensioners to fill vacancies

Lack of qualified labour has increased the demand for pensioners.

(Source: Sme)

Lack of skilled workers and an increase in job vacancies has boosted the attractiveness of old-age pensioners to the labour market.

“Many companies prefer to hire part-timers from the ranks of pensioners to waiting until they succeed in filling a vacancy with a person working full time,” the Wincott People personnel agency wrote in its press release, as cited by the SITA newswire.

In combination with reduced payroll taxes on earnings up to €200 that come into effect from July, new opportunities are opening for pensioners to earn additional money to top up their pensions. The average monthly pension in Slovakia is less than €440.

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Companies, that are looking for people to fill vacancies where no great physical strength or high level of fine motor skills are required may thus consider pensioners especially in administration, retail and education but also in logistics, hotels, restaurants and catering services.

“We are expecting this trend especially in the sectors that face a more massive outflow of employees to the better-paid sectors, in particular in industry,” said Jana Mesárová, district manager of Wincott People. “We will see pensioners working part-time as cashiers at stores, as hotel receptionists, or in restaurants much more frequently.”

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