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Working Conditions

Posted on: 16th Jan 2015

Working conditions in most countries are largely dependent on an employee's individual contract of employment and an employer's general employment conditions. Many aspects of working conditions are set by governments, and although many employers' pay and conditions are more generous than the statutory minimum, employers in many countries offer pay and conditions that are actually illegal. In many countries there's a huge disparity between the working conditions of hourly paid workers and salaried employees (i.e. monthly paid), even those employed by the same company. As in most countries, managerial and executive staff generally enjoy a much higher level of benefits than lower paid employees. Employees hired to work abroad by a multinational company may receive a higher salary (including fringe benefits and allow?ances) than those offered by local employers.

            Nationals of EU member states working in other EU countries have the same rights as local citizens, for example with regard to pay, working conditions, vocational training and trade union membership. The employment conditions of non?EU nationals are generally the same as for EU nationals, although employment is usually subject to the granting of a work permit and its renewal.

            Bear in mind that in some countries you have few rights and can be fired without a moment's notice or any compensation. In some countries (e.g. in the Middle East) your bank accounts will be frozen if you lose your job and if you have outstanding debts that you're unable to pay you could even be arrested!

            Further information is available in our Living and Working series of books.

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