Quick relevant information you need to know before applying for a job in Prague/ Czech Republic

Date: 09/19/16

A condensed but detailed information guide to the job market in Prague, Czech Republic. Find out about the expat community and about how to find a job. What are some of the most common employmet characteristics, what can you expect salary-wise, the cost of living and ease of obtaining a working visa? Read on down below to find out.


 

Community

The community and way of life in the Czech Republic is quite diverse and easy-going. Most citizens in Prague are Czech (70%), the rest are mostly immigrants from Slovakia, Ukraine, Poland, Russia and Vietnam. Prague also has a rich expat community of individuals, who live in the city and work for an English-speaking company, they speak no word of Czech, but this doesn’t hurt them, they can visit abundant occasions specially organized for expats and foreigners, designed to better integrate and harmonize English-speakers from abroad.

 

Finding A Job

Czech Republic has an “Urad Prace” – Employment office, where unemployed Czech citizens can go to and ask for a job. The law governs that in case a recruitment agency or employer has open job positions and they intend to hire a foreign individual they are obliged to interview and give a chance to the Czech citizen listed from the Urad Prace, before hiring the foreigner. Citizens listed in the Urad prace also receive monthly unemployment cash benefits till the moment that the employment office will be able to find them a job.  

 

However in the Czech Republic people are mostly used to finding a job online. By posting their CV online onto various job portals, or simply browsing amoung the numerous job vacancies on job sites such as jobs.cz or monster.cz, they almost always find employment. Whilst Jobs and Monster continue to remain market leaders or possibly even monopolists so far in the Czech job market, we have recently witnessed quite a promising appearance of new, modern and innovative job portals. One example is the job portal Aulinks.cz – a new job platform that offers its service both to jobseekers and recruiters or employers. An intriguing set of functions and technologies is presented to both sides of the job market, in which every individual may well find their perfect spot under the sun. The portal is also aimed at English-speakers and foreigners who don’t speak Czech; these are mostly Russians and Ukrainians. Many Czech jobseekers are beginning to switch from Jobs and Monster and looking into new and more creative opportunities presented to them for a better life and career.

 

Employment

The working period is typically 40-hour week loads with 8-hour daily loads. Working part-time is a common practice amoung students, they combine education and work, considering the relatively larger free time they’ve been intrusted as a result of entering university, as opposed to school.

Another widely-known custom amid the less educated, those just attaining education or those without a stable career path are temporary help jobs – these are called “Brigády” and they involve a short-term help delivered by the Brigádniky (work-providers) to an employer, for a specific short-term period and pay.

 

Salary

The average salary changes according to sector and region in the Czech Republic. The highest paid region is Prague and highest paid sector is IT, namely IT and ERP consulter who can get anything between 800-1500 Euros. Managers equally share a high-profit earning job with the IT department, but project managers can even earn as much as 4,500 Euros in Prague, a procurement manager can reach 3000 Euros. The popularity and development of social media sites has created and developed the profession of an online marketing specialist, who deals with advertising the companies service or product on Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and similar. This job position and its salary are on the rise in Prague, reaching a maximum of almost 1500 Euro that an online marketer can earn.

            More poorly earning sectors are the HR and administrative sectors, the worst being receptionists, customer service workers and accounts payable analyst who’s salary on average strongly remains around 700 Euro.

 

Living expenses

What concerns living expenses, it is safe to say that Czech Republic persists in being the least expensive in western and moderately inexpensive in central Europe. The cost of food is rising, however the existence of budget supermarkets like Lidl and Penny market ensure dairy products and meat to remain at lowest prices. Hypermarkets like Macro represent a cost-saving opportunity for customers who buy in bulk.

            Many employers also provide employees with “stravenky” – ticket money for food and restaurants. Other fringe benefits that are more generously offered at multinational companies are paid transportation for employees - “Open card” (a metro pass card), which is now changing to “Lítačka”, a more integrated and multichannel electronic system that enables transport-users to pay via internet or a mobile app and which can support other systems in Czech Republic, such as ISIC or InKarta ČD. Similarly paid accomodation and school is no rarity for expatriates in the Czech lands, multinational corporations lure in workers from abroad, accommodate them and settle them into a friendly and diverse community which is composed of individuals much the same as themselves.

 

 Visa procedures

There are specific terms that apply for different lengths of employment. For those willing to come visit, entry is freely open for up to 30 days, beyond that the individual’s presence needs to be registered with the Foreign police, this involves travelling to their office and personally registering. 

The Ministry of Interior or “Ministerstvo vnitra” deals with and provides information on queries with longer periods of stay, whether travel, work or educational purposes. They also take care of documents and permits required for longer lengths of stay.

On the other-hand those coming from the US, UK, Asia, Africa or Australia, therefore non-EU citizens must ask for a visa permit, the visa can either be short term <90 days or long-term >90 days. (krátkodobého a dlouhodobého víza). It is necessary to visit the Czech Embassy in your home country in order to apply for a Czech visa.

Foreigners living in the Czech Republic can also apply for a permanent residence card after 5 years of living in the country; the Ministry of Interior is responsible for permanent residency cards.