Survey: Slovaks are discouraged from returning home by low wages

The most important reason that discourages Slovaks from returning from abroad is low wages in relation to the cost of living. This follows from a questionnaire survey conducted in 2019 at the events “Work in Slovakia – Good Idea” in London and Dublin, which was reported this week by the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia (AmCham) and the IT Association of Slovakia (ITAS).

The second important reason, according to the survey, is socio-political on Slovakia. Furthermore, respondents identified reasons as better social system in the target country or lack of job opportunities in their region of origin.

On the contrary, one of the most important motivations to return is overall improving governance. The second most important motivation is interesting job offer from Slovakia, in the third place are family reasons and social ties.

At the time of the survey, 14% of respondents planned to return to Slovakia by three months and 26% within one year. Thirty-six percent of respondents had a return in the long term, but have no idea when exactly will, 23% indicated that it did not rule out a return, but does not currently have one in plan. Only 1% of respondents knew for sure that they would not return.

As regards the relevant offer from a particular employer, survey respondents highlighted in particular the better financial valuation, which would allow them to improve their standard of living and the possibility of courier growth. Flexible working hours would also be an important attribute. They follow motivation as a (leading) position in a company, an offer in a field in which respondents studied whether the offer from a prestigious company.

According to the survey, almost half of the respondents are of the opinion that consider a job offer if they have the opportunity to complete the entire recruitment process abroad. More than 60% of respondents also think they would consider it a job offer that includes the possibility of retraining, and complementary training.

The Work in Slovakia – Good initiative was established in 2019 as part of the Digital Coalition as a cooperation of AmCham, ITAS, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investment and Informatization and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The aim of the initiative is to motivate Slovaks working abroad to return home and in cooperation with major employers in Slovakia to introduce them attractive job offers in the IT sector, shared service centers or in the healthcare sector.

The most important reason that discourages Slovaks from returning from abroad is low wages in relation to the cost of living. This follows from a questionnaire survey conducted in 2019 at the events “Work in Slovakia – Good Idea” in London and Dublin, which was reported this week by the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia (AmCham) and the IT Association of Slovakia (ITAS).

The second important reason, according to the survey, is socio-political on Slovakia. Furthermore, respondents identified reasons as better social system in the target country or lack of job opportunities in their region of origin.

On the contrary, one of the most important motivations to return is overall improving governance. The second most important motivation is interesting job offer from Slovakia, in the third place are family reasons and social ties.

At the time of the survey, 14% of respondents planned to return to Slovakia by three months and 26% within one year. Thirty-six percent of respondents had a return in the long term, but have no idea when exactly will, 23% indicated that it did not rule out a return, but does not currently have one in plan. Only 1% of respondents knew for sure that they would not return.

As regards the relevant offer from a particular employer, survey respondents highlighted in particular the better financial valuation, which would allow them to improve their standard of living and the possibility of courier growth. Flexible working hours would also be an important attribute. They follow motivation as a (leading) position in a company, an offer in a field in which respondents studied whether the offer from a prestigious company.

According to the survey, almost half of the respondents are of the opinion that consider a job offer if they have the opportunity to complete the entire recruitment process abroad. More than 60% of respondents also think they would consider it a job offer that includes the possibility of retraining, and complementary training.

The Work in Slovakia – Good initiative was established in 2019 as part of the Digital Coalition as a cooperation of AmCham, ITAS, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic for Investment and Informatization and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Affairs and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The aim of the initiative is to motivate Slovaks working abroad to return home and in cooperation with major employers in Slovakia to introduce them attractive job offers in the IT sector, shared service centers or in the healthcare sector.