Employees in Slovakia consider sickness benefits as the number one employee benefit. Sickness benefits are quite generous in certain circumstances. If an employee needs to take care of a close relative or a female employee transfers to a lesser paid position due to medical reasons during pregnancy, they will receive 55% of their daily income.
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When asked to rank two other common benefits in order of importance, the average Slovakian employee will respond with: Corporate Pension Fund and Death benefits.
Only very few companies in Slovakia offer employee benefits over and above the mandatory social security plan. However, the IT and financial industries are starting to implement these and it is hoped that others will follow to improve the situation.
The average monthly cost for a typical benefits package is 35% of gross salary. An average gross salary in Slovakia is 1,500 Euros per month.
Good advice to employers entering Slovakia is to understand what is covered by the social security plan. Only after that should they decide what additional benefits to offer.
One very surprising fact is that employee benefits are not tax deductible. Social security is mandatory for everyone so is not regarded as an employee benefit. Any employee benefits received over and above this are not tax deductible, with the exception of the supplementary pension scheme.