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Located in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is very welcoming towards expatriates. In fact, in February 2018, the Czech Foreign Ministry have announced that they would increase the number of foreign work permits issued annually to accommodate the demand for international expertise. Indeed, thanks to the country's dynamically developing economy, there are quite a few professional opportunities for expats to explore.

Whether you come from the European Union or from elsewhere, finding a job in the Czech Republic should not be difficult provided you’ve done your research on the country's economy, labour market and job application procedures.

Economy

The Czech Republic has the most developed and industrialised economy of Central Europe's emerging countries. From a planned economy in the communist era, it has managed, over the years, to successfully transform into a market economy.

Today, it’s a developed and growing market economy based on exports, services, manufacturing, and innovation. The automotive industry continues to play an important part in the country’s economy together with electronics, pharmaceuticals, chemical production, transportation equipment, and more.

The service sector is primarily based on tourism and financial services — banking, in particular, makes a big contribution to the economy fueled by growing international investment into the country since its integration into the EU.

The Czech Republic is home to over 2.9 million registered companies, the majority of which are either small or mid-sized. The country is known for its favourable entrepreneurial environment — though, if you are thinking about starting a company, it’s always best to get some local help (find more information in Setting up a business in the Czech Republic)

Labour market

The Czech Republic boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU — and while factory jobs make a significant contribution to that, the majority of the workforce (about 80%) are employed in the services sector.

There are quite a few areas where foreign expertise is in high demand in the Czech Republic. Opportunities are especially rewarding in fields like finance, IT, business development, and tourism — they often tend to offer higher average salaries compared to other jobs.

English teaching is also a popular occupation, especially in big cities with a large number of private teaching schools and courses.

Find a job

There are various ways to look for a job in the Czech Republic. You can start by browsing offers on the Internet via job websites or even the different employment platforms that have been set up by the Czech government as well as private companies. You may also register with an employment agency which can help you find a job according to your profile even quicker.

If you are already on the spot, you can also check out local newspapers such as MF Dnes, Hospodářské noviny and Právo, among others, if you understand Czech.

Consider sending spontaneous job applications to companies operating across the country. Indeed, quite a few companies are keen on hiring bold and daring candidates. Some of them even hold open days which are often advertised on their websites and on social networks.

Even though English is spoken and understood by most of the population, it is still a good idea to learn a bit of the Czech language prior to the move or sign up for courses once you are there. Some companies also offer Czech language courses — so it’s a good idea to inquire with your potential employer about this possibility.

 Good to know:

While EU citizens do not need a work permit to seek employment in the Czech Republic, most non-EU residents will require one before applying for a long-term visa.

Employment contract

The employment contract must be written and a copy must be in your possession. In general, the employment contract must include the following:

  • the job title and description
  • your workplace
  • your joining date
  • other provisions.

Negotiation is advised regarding some conditions such as:

  • the obligation of your employer to notify you in case of changes in salary
  • over time
  • leaves
  • the probation period
  • the contract duration.

Health insurance

Both Czech and foreign nationals must contribute to the health insurance provided they are in possession of a proper work permit. This insurance covers employees as well as their family members in case of work disability, illness, pregnancy or maternity leave.

The health insurance is valid as from the date you join the company until the termination of your contract. Your employer will be responsible for calculating the amount to be paid.

 Useful links:

Czech Republic Official Portal – Live and work
National Employment Portal
European Mobility Portal – Live and work in the Czech Republic
Jobs
Dobra Prace
Profesia 

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