Finding work in Slovenia

Updated 2017-09-19 09:03

Slovenia is part of the European Union, and the Euro is the recognised form of currency, in which workers are paid. The country’s leading industries include automotive production, chemicals, electronics, logistics, machining, metalworking and wood processing. Tourism has also recently become more popular within the country.

For workers hoping to find a job in Slovenia, the market can be competitive, in part due to competition from local and other EU workers who choose to relocate to the country. Having fluency in both the Slovene language and English will allow you the best chances of success.

Finding work in Slovenia

The best sources for finding work in Slovenia include online job sites and the daily newspapers. Popular job sites include the Employment Service of Slovenia, Mojedelo, Moja Zaposlitev, and Career Jet.

Foreign workers often come to Slovenia to teach English as a second language, with popular teaching job sites including ESL Employment and Total ESL.

It is important to make sure your resume, or CV, is up to date, and to brush up on your interview skills. If possible, speak to a local or another expat to learn more about the job process, as the procedures may be slightly different than that of your home country. There are also recruitment agencies in the big cities, such as Ljubljana, which can help with work placement, CV preparation, and interview skills. They can be a good source of guidance if you are unfamiliar with the local labour market.

Good to Know:

If you are planning a move to Slovenia, it is beneficial to take language lessons before arrival to help you with finding work and settling in. Language classes are also available locally in Slovenia, in the larger cities.

Setting up a business

Anyone may register a company in Slovenia, and the procedure is identical for all EU, EEA Member Countries and for citizens of the Swiss Confederation. However, non-residents are required to obtain a Slovenian tax number before starting a business.

The Companies Act regulates the companies. To register a company, you must provide:

  • Company name and the name of at least one director
  • Head office location
  • Activities to be undertaken by the company
  • The type of corporation

Companies can be set up as sole traders or limited liability companies (LLC). LLC companies require a founding capital of at least 7,500 euro, in cash and/or assets, but there is no minimum for sole traders. There are other differences, especially regarding tax payments.

Working hours in Slovenia

The average working week is between 36-40 hours, for most jobs. Workers also enjoy a minimum of 20 days annual leave per year, which increases the longer you stay with a company, and about 12 public holidays per year. Local and foreign workers receive the same working rights, including annual leave and public holidays.

Useful links:

Career Jet
Employment Service of Slovenia
ESL Employment
Total ESL

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