The most usual type of employment in Croatia is to have an employment contract, which can be:
- permanent employment, which is not time limited and you are employed until further notice;
- temporary employment, for a definite period of time.
The employment can be full time or less than full time. Full time employment means that you work 40 hours per week. Overtime work hours – hours you work above the full time – are payed more than regular working hours, and can reach maximally 50 per week.
Your working hours can be distributed evenly (for example 8 hours per day, 5 days a week), or unevenly. If you work in shifts, the employer is obligated to distribute your work time in accordance with the Labor Law.
Your worker rights are protected by Labor Law and should be part of a contract you are making with the employer. Minimally, you have the right on:
- Regular payment of salary, usually monthly. If the employer wants to change your salary, he needs to offer you a new contract, which you have the right to refuse;
- Daily rest of usually 12 hours between two working days; for seasonal work (for example in tourism and agriculture), daily rest can be minimally 8 hours;
- Weekly rest of minimum 24 hours; usual non-working day is Sunday;
- Payed annual holiday of minimum 4 working weeks per year, which you can use after you worked 6 months consecutively. You can use your holiday time all at once, or distribute it across the year;
- Payed sick leave.
You have the right to safe and healthy working environment, and to be protected against discrimination and ill-treatment.