Working in Czech Republic
Making the decision to move to another country is hard. And for an expat, the difficulties do not stop once a decision has been made. There is also another hurdle called ‘finding employment’ to overcome.
In the Czech Republic, the population is at 10,777,000 with expats making up 6% of the population. With opportunities piling up due to increased foreign investments, everyone, including expats, has a fighting chance at obtaining a job in the Czech Republic.
The largest share of employment is in the services sector, at 56.2%, followed by the industry sector at 40.2%, and the agriculture sector at 3.6%. Any of the three sectors has a potential pool of jobs for interested expatriates.
Job openings in the Czech Republic are available through an information system called EURES (European Employment Service) that lists vacancies across Europe. This portal categorizes available jobs depending on education level. Currently, most vacancies are in the field of production and operation which includes jobs for engineers, technicians, and electricians. There are also plenty of vacancies in the commerce and tourism sector, although the country’s main job industries involve motor vehicles, metallurgy, machinery and equipment, glass and armaments.
Vacancy listings can also be verified at Job Centers spread all over the Czech Republic, totaling 77 offices in the different regions.
"Right now, EU residents do not need a visa or a work permit to travel or stay in the CR. Before the CR joined the EU, the bureaucracy was very difficult and time consuming. Americans and Canadians have to go through a fairly strict procedure for both visas and work permits which, the Czechs say, is a reciprocity for what the Czechs have to do to visit or work in the US or Canada."- Jo Weaver, Expat in Czech Republic
Part of the adjustment that an expat goes through is adapting to the work and business environment of their country of choice. In the Czech Republic, arrangements for appointments and meetings must be made in advance and if possible, not requested on a Friday afternoon, as Czechs tend to visit their country homes for an extended weekend. Punctuality is also of prime importance and you are not expected to be more than five minutes late.
Czechs also have high regard for a good quality of life and public holidays. Thus they start and end work earlier than other European countries. The people of this country are also reserved and tend to be on the conservative side, preferring to keep their business life separate from their private or family affairs. Networking or business through personal affiliations is also not common in Czech Republic. However, with the country opening its doors to more Western influences, this aspect of their culture is bound to loosen up.
A positive adjustment for an expat is enjoying a good salary with a lower cost of living. Presently, the average monthly salary earned is 46,600 Kč. With all this considered, Czech Republic offers a bright spark of hope for expats whose major concern is employment.
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