Working in Czech Republic

 

 

In the Czech Republic, the population is at 10,548,058 with expats making up roughly 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. 

Czech Republic’s membership in the European Union in 2014 opened its door to numerous international companies that helped bring more employment opportunities to locals and expats alike. Today, several gigantic multinational businesses especially those in the fields of banking and management have set up their European headquarters in Prague, the capital. Czech Republic is a nation known across the world not just for its excellent living standards and rich history but also for its high income economy that generated an estimated Gross Domestic Product (nominal) of USD 189.982 billion in 2016. 

Employment Opportunities 

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 categorises 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 Centres spread all over the Czech Republic, totalling 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 

Average Salary and Work Hours 

The minimum statutory wage in the Czech Republic as of January 2016 was CZK 9,900 or USD 390 per month while the current average monthly salary is at CZK 45,878 or USD 1,800. Like with most countries abroad, an expatriate’s salary can still vary depending on his job and qualifications. Below are some of the job categories in the Czech Republic along with their corresponding average monthly wage

Food/Hospitality/Tourism

CZK 15,000 or USD 590

Construction/Building

CZK 19,000 or USD 750

Teaching/Education

CZK 24,000 or USD 950

Real Estate

CZK 25,000 or USD 990

Customer Service/Call Centre

CZK 29,000 or USD 1,150

Architecture

CZK 34,400 or USD 1.350

Factory and Manufacturing

CZK 39,500 or USD 1,600

Oil/Gas/Energy

CZK 45,000 or USD 1,800

Automotive

CZK 49,000 or USD 1,950

In Czech Republic, the average working time is usually 39 hours per week without overtime. This country has a total of 20 standard holidays per year and expats working in autonomous public bodies and public administrations are granted five weeks of leave while those working as academic staff or teachers get eight weeks off. Generally speaking, employees who have worked for the company for at least two months or 60 days are allowed to take holidays whereas the schedule can be determined by their employer. 

Work Environment in the 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 the 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. With all this considered, Czech Republic offers a bright spark of hope for expats whose major concern is employment. 

 

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