Prague has a reputation for its tradition in business, creative, academic and innovative competence, attractive jobs and last but not least – an open and friendly social climate. As an an established international hub it keeps attracting talent from all over the world.
There are job opportunities in all sectors of the city’s economy, but some are growing faster than others. Many companies are actively looking for skilled workers from abroad. Some of these sectors are: automotive industry, business services, AI development and research, aerospace industry, electrical engineering, gaming industry and pharmaceutical industry.
Since the Czech Republic is part of the EU, EU citizens do not need any special work permit and can join the labour market straight away. As for the citizens from third world countries, the process might be a little longer but eventually worth the time and energy. In the last couple of years, the country's unemployment rate has been one of the lowest across the EU at only 3.7%, which produces a specific atmosphere in the labour market with plenty of interesting positions for educated workers from abroad.
The Czech Republic's average gross salary in the last quarter of 2022 was CZK 39,858 (EUR 1,674). Compared to this, the average gross salary in Prague was 18% higher - CZK 48,712 (EUR 2,046). The minimum gross wage for a full-time job (40h/week) has risen in 2023 to CZK 17,300 (726 €). Salary guides for specific roles are available from HR companies or online on websites like Glassdoor or Platy (in Czech).
The Czech Republic in general numbers among the countries with the lowest cost of living in the EU. Prague, of course, as the capital, stands out from the average. Nevertheless, living in Prague can be relatively inexpensive compared to other western European cities. On top of that, the Czech crown seems to keep pace with the economy, which, even with inflation, keeps consumer goods at a relatively cheap level. Compare the cost of living in Prague with other cities here to see for yourself.
The location in the heart of Europe makes our capital a very good base for travelling around the continent and further. Vaclav Havel International Airport expands its capacity and number of destinations each year while rail connections with all the major European cities provide you with a carbon-efficient option to travel shorter distances. Prague's public transport, including the metro, trams and buses, was named one of the fastest in the world, so there is very little need for you to own a car. City infrastructure serves at its capacity with a rising number of inhabitants.
According to many international studies, Prague numbers among the cities with the best quality of life in Europe. Also, it is one of the safest capitals and tourist destinations in the world. Living and working in Prague means a perfect example of work-life balance. Working overtime is mostly paid, 4 weeks is the average annual paid leave and there is a very generous maternity leave for mothers (up to three years).
Healthcare in the Czech Republic is paid based on salary contributions. Therefore, for each person who is working or has a permanent residence in the Czech Republic, public healthcare is available by law. Of course, a private system of healthcare is available for expats, whether EU citizens or not. Prague offers a very wide network of medical services in various specializations at hospitals or emergency rooms.
Prague offers multiple places for cultural enjoyment such as museums, galleries, theatres and cinemas. Also, when it comes to grand cultural or sporting events, there are a suitable number of facilities. Since Prague is one of the greenest capitals in the world, finding a park for picnics or to chill with your friends is very accessible.
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There is a large number of job vacancies on the market with very good remuneration and benefits packages in various industries. If you are interested in a specific sector or a company, career opportunities are listed online on the websites of companies or of accredited recruitment agencies. It is advisable to sign up on LinkedIn in case you are looking for a position in the financial sector, IT or tech. You might also consider the services of a career advisor if you want to orientate yourself on the market faster or change your career.
If you are interested in a specific position and you meet the conditions, contact the HR department of the company or the recruitment agency. Depending on the requirements, you would most likely be expected to enclose your curriculum vitae and (in some cases) a cover letter.
After applying for the job, your CV would be evaluated by the HR team. A personal job interview (single- or multi-round) or assessment tests are common in the Czech Republic and help companies choose the best candidate. Job interviews in the Czech Republic are not as formal as in other countries, however, make sure you dress appropriately and inform yourself about the company, you will most likely be asked about it.
Once you get the job offer, make sure to review the proposed contract on your own time and consider whether you agree to the terms and conditions of the job. 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. Non-EU nationals must submit a contract with the employer to apply for a work permit in the Czech Republic.
Prague offers a variety of accommodations. Budget-appropriate accommodation can be found on specialized websites and social media. Your best option is to find a private accommodation or share a flat with other tenants. Prices depend on the size, location, and equipment of the flat. Be prepared to pay a deposit as well.
Your employer is obliged to pay for health and social insurance for you. Deductions are a percentage of your wage; another percentage is paid by your employer directly. Social insurance paid directly from your salary is 6.5% and 25% is paid by your employer directly. Health insurance paid directly from your salary is 4.5% and 9% is paid by your employer directly.
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), where you can find all the important information about the process.
After you arranged all the work and accommodation necessities, the last thing on the list is to arrive in Prague. It is a beautiful city with lots of opportunities for individuals and families, so we hope you will enjoy it!
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