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Employment of Ukrainian nationals living in Slovenia

Displaced persons from Ukraine who have been granted temporary protection shall have free access to the labour market. This means that they shall be employed in Slovenia under the same conditions as Slovenian nationals, and their employers are not required to obtain work permits when employing them.

When entering the labour market, Ukrainian nationals are entitled to the full range of statutory employment rights and obligations in the same manner as other active job seekers.

Job seekers

Due to their lacking language skills, foreigners are a particularly vulnerable group in the labour market and besides, they lack familiarity with the system itself. The Employment Service of the Republic of Slovenia (hereinafter referred to as the Employment Service) is aware of its huge responsibility when referring candidates to advertised job vacancies.

The Employment Service seeks to provide foreigners with tailored career counselling and programmes to speed up their labour market integration.

Once they have registered with the Employment Service, each unemployed person is assigned a career counsellor with whom they:

  • draw up an employment plan
  • plan how to take further steps to speed up their labour market integration.

The First 500 in Slovene dictionary can either be picked up at the Employment Service premises and labour offices or downloaded online. This dictionary is available in six different languages, namely Bosnian, Serbian, Macedonian, Albanian, Russian, and Ukrainian language.

Active employment policy programmes

The Employment Service shall provide assistance to the unemployed by enrolling them in active employment policy programmes which may help them acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and competences to improve their employment opportunities.

Foreigners who do not speak Slovenian language and have no experience with the Slovenian labour market shall be provided with special tailor-made programmes organised by the Employment Service. In addition to Slovene language courses, these programmes also include:

  • on-the-job trainings for beneficiaries of international protection and foreigners,
  • workshops on "Labour market integration" and "Supporting vulnerable groups in the labour market".

A cultural mediator is involved in the implementation of both workshops, while the content itself is delivered with the assistance of an interpreter in a language that foreign job seekers can understand, since at the time of inclusion, they are usually not yet capable of following more complex and demanding topics in Slovene language.


Employers are required to make job announcements publicly and job vacancies shall be posted in the usual manner. Besides, the employers are also obliged to ensure that in the course of recruitment process, all job applicants are treated equally.

The Employment Service is responsible for monitoring and verifying employers whose job vacancies have been publicly advertised. Besides, the Employment Service shall also seek to ensure that only motivated and suitably qualified candidates are referred to job openings.