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Slovakia - Bratislavsky kraj

Short overview of the labour market


Covering 2 052.62 km2, the Bratislava Region takes up 4.2% of Slovakia’s total area and is the country’s smallest region. It lies in the south-west of Slovakia, sharing a border with Austria and Hungary. The country’s most westerly point is the municipality of Záhorská Ves in the district of Malacky, which lies on the western border with Austria.

The Bratislava Region is broken down into 8 districts, 7 towns and 73 municipalities.

The districts are Bratislava I to Bratislava V, and then Senec, Pezinok and Malacky.

The Bratislava Region is Slovakia’s richest region. In terms of GDP per capita expressed in purchasing power parity, it ranks third among the new EU Member States (after Prague and Brno). It traditionally has the lowest unemployment rate in Slovakia, and a large number of people from other Slovak regions commute there for work.

The Bratislava Region’s current population is 659 598 (as at 31 December 2018). The city of Bratislava, as the Slovak Republic’s capital, is the seat of government and of various organisations and institutions of national importance.

The Bratislava Region, and particularly the city of Bratislava, is a significant transport hub, especially for international transit. All modes of transport can be found here. Business activities in the wholesale and retail trade, and in the repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, are overwhelmingly prevalent in the business structure by economic activity in the Bratislava Region and especially in the city of Bratislava.

The region hosts the largest proportion of higher-education institutions in Slovakia. In the 2018/19 academic year, 12 higher-education institutions in the city of Bratislava had both rectorates and faculties.

At the end of March 2020, the unemployment rate in the Bratislava region was 2.91%.

The most active manufacturing companies include:
Slovnaft, a.s. – a refinery and petrochemical company

Matador Group, a.s. – production and research (rubber goods and tyres)

Henkel Slovensko, spol. s r.o. – chemical industry products

Kraft Foods Slovakia, a.s. (Figaro) – manufacture of chocolate and confectionery

Rajo a.s. – manufacture of dairy products
Volkswagen Bratislava, spol. s r.o. – automotive industry

Multinational corporations have a significant labour market share:

IBM International Services Centre s.r.o.

Lenovo (Slovakia) s.r.o.

T-Mobile Slovakia a.s.
Orange Slovakia a.s.

High-profile employers in the districts of Malacky, Pezinok and Senec include: Holcim Slovensko, a.s., Rohožník – manufacture and sale of cement, ready-mix concrete and aggregate; Swedwood Slovakia (Malacky); Knott, spol. s r.o. (Pezinok); Metro Cash & Carry SR s. r. o.; DHL Logistics (Slovakia), spol. s r.o. (Senec); and the industrial parks DNV Logistics Park BA, Eurovalley Malacky, Industrial Park Lozorno, and Logistic Park Senec.

The above-mentioned manufacturing enterprises and multinational IT and communication companies create the largest number of jobs and stand alongside the financial sector as the branches of the economy where employees earn the highest or above-average monthly incomes.


Text last edited on: 07/2020

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