COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Slovakia/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

According to the findings of the Statistics Office, in the second quarter of 2007, there were 2 337 000 employed in the Slovak Republic. The level of registered unemployment in October 2007 was 7.9% (in the same period of 2006 it was 9.3%). From January 2006, unemployment in Slovakia has taken a marked and continual drop (in January 2006 the unemployment level was 11.8%).

The average monthly nominal salary of an employee in the second quarter of 2007 was 19 598 SKK (about 573 euro). The index of inter-year growth of the nominal wage was 106.7.

Individual and detailed structured statistics of employment in the whole area of culture are not kept in the Slovak Republic. Data on so-called "freelancers" active in the area of culture in Slovakia are also not available. The annual statistical findings of the Ministry of Culture record the number of employees in certain areas of culture.

Table 2:     Number of employees in certain areas of culture, 2006

Area

   Number of employees

Libraries

1 625

Music bodies and artistic ensembles

757

Galleries

490

Museums

1 859

Theatres

2 567

Observatories and planetariums

124

Radio broadcasting*

895

Television broadcasting

2 657

Source:      Ministry of Culture, 2006.

In order to create better conditions for the improvement of employment in culture and for other persons acting in culture (freelancers, entrepreneurs), more detailed monitoring is necessary of the state of employment in culture and the structure of human resources according to various indicators (age, education, area of activity, work classification, etc.).


Chapter published: 15-01-2008

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