In Slovenia, 42 thousand employees receive a basic salary below the official minimum (613 euros net / 805 euros gross). If bonuses do not allow them to reach the minimum level, then employers should cover the difference. This means that at the end of each month, both an employee with a base salary of 400 euros gross and those with a salary of 700 euros gross get in hand the same amount of 613 euros net.
Additional payments to cover the difference with the minimum wage are paid to 8,510 civil servants, while 4,051 employees receive the minimum wage. As reported by the Department of Public Administration, the average monthly amount of surcharges to the minimum wage is 923,100 euros gross. Since every month this sum practically does not change, the Ministry is allocating more than 11 million euros for this category of payments this year.
In the private sector, only legal entities employ about 26 thousand employees who receive a minimum wage. Employers often decide on this step, since surcharges are less taxable.
In the Levica parliamentary party, they propose that all surcharges be paid additionally (except for the minimum wage). The bill on making amendments to the Law on the Minimum Wage has already been introduced by the Party into the Parliament and is currently under consideration.
The Party also seeks to change the definition of the minimum wage, insisting that the minimum wage is the main pay for the work performed by an employee during the full working day. If their proposal is accepted, the base salary will not be lower than the minimum wage.
They also offer to raise the minimum wage to 941 euros gross (700 euro net) until 2019. The Party estimated that the Government, having raised the minimum wage, thanks to fees and income tax, would receive extra 50 million euros. These funds could be spent on salaries paid to civil servants (almost 40 million euros).