Working in Prague

 

 

Located on the north-western side of the Vltava River, Prague is the largest city and the capital of the Czech Republic that houses an estimated total of 1.2 million people. It serves as the country’s leading economic and financial centre where expats will find job opportunities from gigantic local and multinational companies. 

Few people are unemployed in Prague, so the job market here is a highly competitive one. The city's employment landscape is attractive to job seekers, although getting employed is not exactly easy. The city's low unemployment rate, sometimes hitting two percent, is a good indication of good things to come for skilled and expatriates, but expats must be in possession of all the legal documentation. Prague is a small but world-class city where dedicated police and advanced technological equipment make cracking down on illegal expats easy. The employment rate is at 67%, with expats making up 7% of the population. 

Prague’s Leading Industries 

Prague is responsible for generating 25% of the country’s total Gross Domestic Product. Thanks to its several leading industries which include motor vehicles, metallurgy, machinery and equipment, glass and armaments, this city became the top performing regional economy in the Czech Republic. Prague also employs one-fifth of the national workforce and expats who want to join the city’s talented pool of labour market can also consider jobs in other booming industries such as: 

  • Food Processing
  • Services (restaurants, healthcare and hospitality)
  • Computer Technology
  • Printing
  • Manufacturing of Transport Equipments
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Trade 

English teachers are in high demand, along with those working in the services sector either as hotel or restaurant staff and IT professionals. But as long as you put in an honest day's work and avoid breaking any laws, there's much to feel lucky about for living in this city. Tourism also plays a significant role in the city’s stable economy. In 2016, Prague ranked as the 11th best destination in Europe. In fact, nearly 6.4 million international visitors go to the capital of Czech Republic every year. 

Average Wage 

Prague is one of the very few cities in the world where unemployment is far from being a problem but getting a job is not that easy. Meanwhile, expats who end up in the Czech capital enjoy the city's high wages and attractive job openings for those who are skilled and experienced. Prague employs one-fifth of the country’s workforce whereas employees in benefit from above average salary. In 2015, the average salary in the capital reached CZK 35,853 or USD 1,400. The local job market is also getting more and more attractive, with yearly wage increases of 5% to 8%. 

A part-time English teaching job pays between CZK 250-400 for a one to one class while IT professionals and other skilled workers could make at least CZK 16,000 per month. Expats in Prague enjoy generous pay packages, although a job candidate may have to work a little more than usual to prove his suitability for any open position. 

Work Hours in Prague 

Working hours in Prague add up to 39 per week plus overtime. There are generally 20 holidays a year but those who work in government agencies and institutions are entitled to an entire month and a week while teachers and other academic workers can have up to two months off. 

Those who have worked with a single employer for at least 2 months are entitled to take these breaks while those who have worked for a shorter period of time can enjoy only half of the yearly vacation. These holidays do not have to be taken all at once but each break should be at least two weeks long. It is the employer's responsibility to schedule workers' holiday leave. Those under 20 years old are not allowed to work more than six hours in a day. 

Business Etiquette Guide 

Czech business customs have a stronger air of formality than a traditional Westerner may be used to. Meetings usually take longer, and people always address each other by titles and surnames. Except among close friends and relatives, you should first have permission to call people by their first names, otherwise it may be considered rude. 

Lunch meetings have become very common, especially among young professionals. When someone pays or offers to pay the bill, it is considered an insult to be turned down. That is one thing many expats, especially those from Western countries, need to get accustomed to. An exchange of business cards is also expected at the beginning or the end of a meeting.

 

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