8 steps to working in Prague
1. Choosing your job
Look for job vacancies in Prague in your sector. The easiest way to look is via job websites, accredited recruitment agencies, social media or newspapers.
2. Job application
If you are interested in a specific position and you meet the conditions, contact the employer or recruitment agency. Depending on the requirements, you would be asked for your curriculum vitae and cover letter (in some cases).
3. Job interview
After applying for the job, your curriculum vitae would be evaluated by the HR team. A personal job interview (single- or multi-round) or assessment centre would be applied to choose the best candidate.
If the employer has chosen you, agree on the terms and conditions about the start of your next job. All the conditions by law are summarized in the employment contract.
4. Employment contract
Anyone who wants to work in the Czech Republic as an employee and has the necessary authorization must have a contract with the employer. The contract must be in written form and must include the type of work, the place of work and the date of start of work. Work contracts often include a three-month (sometimes six-month for managerial positions) probationary period. The contract ends either upon expiry of the period for which it was negotiated, by agreement of both parties or by termination by one of the parties with a two-month notice period. EU nationals are not obliged to have a work permit. On the other hand, non-EU, EEA and Swiss nationals must submit a contract with the employer to apply for a work permit in the Czech Republic.
Accommodation of all levels is available in Prague. Specialized websites and social media will offer you a wide range of accommodation possibilities according to your budget. Non-EU, EEA and Swiss nationals must apply for a work permit in the territory of the Czech Republic to provide proof of accommodation in the Czech Republic.
6. Health and social insurance
Your employer is obliged to pay health and social insurance for you. Deductions are a percentage of your wage; another percentage is paid by your employer directly. Social insurance is paid directly from your salary – 6.5%. 25% is paid by your employer directly. Health insurance is paid directly from your salary – 4.5%. 9% is paid by your employer directly.
7. Obtaining visa/work permit
If you have an employment agreement in Prague, you need to be authorized to work here. In general, citizens of EU countries do not need any permits, while third-country nationals must procure work permits in the Czech Republic. The whole process falls under the authority of the Ministry of the Interior (Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Labour Office of the Czech Republic)
8. Arrival to Prague
Ensure your transport to Prague and come to enjoy the local life. Prague is a beautiful city with lots of opportunities for individuals and families, so benefit from it!