For 2018, the Government of Slovak Republic has set a higher minimum wage. That means the increase of minimum wage by EUR 45 to EUR 90 per month, depending on the degree of labour difficulty. In practice, increasing the minimum wage also means an increase of for example wage allowances for night work and standby duty.
Increase of minimum wage
From 1 January 2018, the monthly minimum wage has increased from the current EUR 435 to EUR 480. The hourly minimum wage increases from EUR 2,500 to EUR 2,759 per hour.
The calculation of the minimum wage at the first degree of labour difficulty:
*In the calculation, we assumed that the employee applied a deductible item to the health insurance, based on their written request.
Increase of wage allowance for night work and standby duty
We would also like to draw your attention to the fact that raising the minimum wage also means an increase in the minimum wage claim – depending on the degree of labour difficulty. For example, for employees with a degree of 6 (when the minimum wage claim is calculated as 2 times the minimum wage), the increase goes from EUR 870 to EUR 960, meaning an additional 90 € per month.
The employee’s wage also depends on the complexity, responsibility and difficulty of their work. For example, if an employee has a material liability, their wage is at least 1.2 times the minimum wage, i.e. 576 EUR since January 2018.
Allowance for standby duty is also calculated from the minimum wage, whereby for each hour of inactive time at the workplace the employee is entitled to a wage equal to the proportion of the basic wage component, or at least to the amount of minimum wage. For each hour of inactive time outside the workplace the employee is entitled to at least 20% of the amount of minimum wage.