According to an article today in daily Hospodarske Noviny, the number of people being registered so far with health insurers for part-time work contracts has plummeted after the government slapped heavy taxes on this kind of work agreement.
The daily states that only about 6,400 part-time employees have been registered so far, a mere 1% of the total for 2012, when 640,000 people were employed in this way. As employers are ready to point out, this could also be because of the government hike in taxes for part-timers from just a few percent to over 35%, making the employment of part-time employees almost a thing of the past.
The government was forewarned that the move could cause problems for many students, pensioners and other part-time workers, like the several hundred that work in opinion poll agencies, for instance. This did not stop the government from going ahead with its contrived system, however, and so its plan to reduce unemployment could backfire and create the perfect conditions once again for people working for cash in hand, meaning no taxes at all for the state purse.