According to the latest surveys, the most common reasons why has Czechia become a popular destination for expats include, for example, the fact that Czech employers offer favourable conditions in terms of benefits, extra vacation days, a safe working environment, opportunities for job growth or even satisfaction with the work-life balance.
In general, the most developed and growing sectors in Czechia are Financial Technology, Information Technology (especially AI, Software Development, and Gaming Industry), followed by Tourism, Manufacturing, and the Automotive Industry.
The most popular work agreement is called an employment contract which can be full-time (HPP - 40 hours per week) or part-time (DPP or DPČ). The standard salary range in Czechia is between CZK 24,305 and CZK 73,200 In 2022, the minimum wage is CZK 16,200 gross, which is CZK 780 net more than in 2021. The contracts should include information about:
- Working time
- Salary and the date of payment
- Probationary period
- Number of sick days or vacation
- Rules of compensating for overtime or business trips
FULL TIME JOB - (HPP - HLAVNÍ PRACOVNÍ POMĚR)
This is a contractual relationship between the employer and you. If you work on a full-time basis, you don't have to worry about anything else. The employer will pay all mandatory contributions for you. As a result, you will be entitled to paid leave and sickness benefits. Mandatory data include the date of commencement of employment, place of performance, and type of work performed.
Agreement to complete a job (DPP - Dohoda o provedení práce)
The advantage of this contract is the ease of administration and the lower taxes to be paid. Furthermore, if the earnings are less than CZK 10,000, there is no need to pay social and health insurance. On the other hand, with this contract, you cannot work more than 300 hours per year for one employer.
Agreement to perform work (DPČ - Dohoda o pracovní činnosti)
Under this agreement, an employee may work for the employer for no more than half of the weekly working time. In a 40-hour working week, this is 20 hours. On the other hand, you do not have a limit of working hours for one employer, as it is in the Agreement to complete a job. If you earn less than 3500 CZK per month, you do not need to pay any insurance or taxes. If more, you should pay them monthly.
FINDING A JOB
There are many ways for foreigners to find a job in Czechia.
- Use increasingly popular social networking resources such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and Indeed’s Czech Republic section or use groups on Facebook such as Multilingual Jobs CZ, Jobs for foreigners Czech Republic, or Expat Jobs in the Czech Republic.
- Use private recruitment agencies.
- Use of public sector services. The main institution in the field of employment is the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic (MoLSA) providing its services free of charge in all 77 districts of the Czech Republic. The subordinate organization is the Labour Office of the Czech Republic which offers both the possibility of searching for a job and submitting a 'Job wanted' AD.
- Find a job at a Czech university. Keep an eye on the LinkedIn page of the Czechia Alumni programme, where the latest additions to job opportunities in academic institutions are shared.