Are you in the “Merry Christmas” 70 percent or the “Bah humbug” 30 percent? According to a survey carried out by the specialised employment website moj.posao around 70 percent of workers are expecting a Christmas bonus this year. It would appear that, riding on the back of a great tourist season, employees are more optimistic that they will receive a festive windfall as last year only 60 percent expected a bonus.
Out of the lucky 70 percent who expected a bonus the majority believed that it would be a cash payment, with the average figure around 1,600 Kuna. Whilst 17 percent thought that their Christmas bonus would be vouchers for shopping and 15 percent hoped for a hamper. Interestingly by far the most optimistic this festive season are employees of state and public authorities and institutions.
And in Dubrovnik, at least, it would appear that city employees will have a very merry Christmas. “The Mayor has made a decision as to which employees and which public services will receive a Christmas bonus. The total amount of payments has not been increased since last year,” commented the Mayor’s office last week. Employees of the City of Dubrovnik will receive a Christmas bonus of 1,000 Kuna plus an extra 600 Kuna gift for their children for St. Nicholas Day.
Workers for the Dubrovnik – Neretva County will have slightly heavier pockets this winter as they will receive 1,250 Kuna plus 600 for their children. On average the employees of other city public companies and institutions will receive between 1, 000 and 2, 500 Kuna as a bonus.