Reporting a Vacancy and the Situation on the Labour Market

When deciding on the application for a work permit or for the EU Blue Card, or in cases where confirmation on the possibility to fill in a vacancy is required, the Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family or the Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Familly (in case of Blue Card) is obliged to take into account the situation on the labour market and consider whether the register of job seekers does not include a job seeker that would qualify for the job vacancy in question.
 

Therefore, if an employer wants to employ you, he must first report a job vacancy to a Labour Office competent according to the place of work(or Central Labour Office). A vacancy may be reported in person, in writing, by telephone, electronic mail, fax or via the web page www.istp.sk. You can download an official Form for reporting a vacancy here and it is also available at all Labour offices.

A vacancy must be reported:

Labour Office (or Central Labour Office) shall first examine whether the register of job seekers does not include a job seeker that would qualify for the vacancy in question. If such applicants are listed in the register of job seekers, the Labour Office is required to give them a priority.

When is the situation on the labour market not taken into account?

If the job is on the shortage occupations list, the competent Labour Office will issue a confirmation of the possibility of filling a vacancy without taking into account the situation on the labour market. The employer must comply with the legal requirements, e.g. the number of employed foreigners must be less than 30% of the total number of employees and the place of work is in the regions with the average registered unemployment rate lower than 5%. The shortage occupations list in the regions with the average registered unemployment rate lower than 5% can be found on the website of the Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family.

Labour Office will grant you a work permit without taking into account the situation on the labor market if you are sent to the SR as part of an intra-corporate transfer and you perform an internship in the Slovak Republic (and you have a university degree) or a position of manager or expert requiring exceptional professional knowledge, skills, abilities, knowledge, qualifications and experience necessary for operations or management. 

Equally, without taking into account the situation on the labour market, the Labour Office will issue a confirmation on the possibility to fill in a vacancy, if you perform in Slovakia continuous educational activity or scientific activity as an educational staff, university teacher, researcher and art scholars, research or development employee in research activity. 

In these cases it is still necessary to report a job vacancy, however, a required period of 20 working days does not have to be observed.