Jobs in the Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic, land of Stories, is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Germany borders it in the west, Austria in the south, Slovakia to the east, and Poland in the northeast. The culture of the country was historically influenced by Slavonic, German, and Jewish, which resulted in a rich central European cultural heritage and lifestyle. Mouth-blown and decorated Bohemian glass are some of the unique things for which the Czech Republic is known. So what are the areas to look for jobs on the Czech Republic? Let’s discuss about them in detail.

Cesky Krumlov, a small town in the Czech Republic
Cesky Krumlov, a small town in the Czech Republic

Are you planning to move abroad to pursue higher education or for job prospects? In that case, you can consider the Czech Republic, which has a long tradition of quality education and research, especially in the field of science, engineering, and medicine.

Old Town Square, Prague, The Czech Republic
Old Town Square, Prague, The Czech Republic

Living in a completely different country can be difficult and sometimes to overcome the expenses of living, one will always think of taking up a job while studying. For that, the most suitable job for any student can be an assistant to the professor. Besides this, there are part-time jobs and internships. Though there are certain limitations for the students, who are Non-EU citizens, as one is carrying a study visa, you can still work. So as a Non-EU full-time student attending a university registered with the Ministry of Education, your employer will register you at the Public Employment Office.

Job Scenario in the Czech Republic

Job Search
Job Search

To get employment in any country, one must have proper knowledge of the economy and language of the country along with job searching skills and a strong resume. So, chances of getting a job in the country increase if you have proper knowledge of Czech (language) adding an extra point to your profile.

With low immigration and strong emigration drive, Czech Republic has the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union and has the highest number of job vacancies in the local market.

Let’s now talk about the different sectors of the Czech Republic, where one can look for job opportunities. These are as follows:

Finance 

Banking and Finance
Banking and Finance

In the Czech Republic (especially Prague), there are nearly 46 banks. Hence it has an excellent market for foreigners seeking employment in this sector. In this sector, one can find an ample number of jobs, at both entry-level and advanced level positions. Further, with the growing economy, the need for financial experts also increases. Thus, making it a lucrative area to look for employment, for skilled workers.

Automotive

Work at automotive manufacturing Unit
Work at automotive manufacturing Unit

With a unique location, excellent infrastructure, and skilled workforce, the Czech Republic plays a significant role in the automotive industry. It is the leading producer of buses and ranks second globally for production of passenger car. There are three significant carmakers, which have their manufacturing units in the Czech Republic. These are Skoda Auto (Volkswagen Group), TPCA (Toyota Group PSA) joint venture and Hyundai motor manufacturing, Czech. There are many vacancies available for skilled persons in this field.

Electrical Engineering

 It is the second-largest sector contributing to the Czech economy. This sector has given a large number of employments to people. So, if you have the right skills, one can look for opportunities in this sector.

IT and Telecom

This sector in recent years has transformed itself as most crucial area of the Czech’s economy. Almost 33,000 enterprises in the region employ nearly 130, 000 workers. The country is facing a skill shortage in this area.

Tourism 

Prague City, The Czech Republic
Prague City, The Czech Republic

It is the most significant industry, contributing nearly 60% to Czech’s economy. Due to its location, it is the most visited tourist destination all over Europe. The country is known for its rich heritage, well-preserved architecture, refined medieval European culture, and excellent cuisine. This sector is the best area for a foreigner looking for a job in the Czech Republic.  

Services Industry

With the boom in the tourism industry, this sector also witnessed a rise. Thus, generating a lot of employment opportunities in this sector.

Pharmaceuticals

Medicines bottles
Medicines bottles

 A large number of foreign investments and ownership dominates in this sector. Therefore, providing excellent opportunities for the foreigner, who have skills and are looking for jobs.

Education

The education industry offers a unique chance of employment. One can teach language or other subjects, especially in Prague, where the schools have an international curriculum.

Brewery 

Pilsner Urquell, locally produced beer, the Czech Republic
Pilsner Urquell, a locally produced beer, the Czech Republic

It is the core of the Czech Republic economy and is ranked sixth in beer production in Europe.

Besides these, there are several multinational companies established in the country. These companies employs a large number of foreigners. Some of these companies are Exxon Mobil, Mendelez International (formerly Kraft Foods), Tesco, Bosch, Ashok Leyland, Volkswagen, Hyundai Motors, etc.

Where to look for these job opportunities

One can look for these job opportunities in the Czech Republic through the local newspaper, Internet, employment service advisers, recruitment agencies, and EURES (European job mobility portal). If you have the right skills and proper qualification no one can stop you from grabbing these job opportunities

Once you have got a job, the next thought that comes to mind is how to proceed further.

Since you have decided to study, work, and live in the Czech Republic, like any other country, you will need a visa and the residence permit. So let’s discuss them.

Please note for any visa-related queries, please visit the following link:

https://planall.com/blog/czech-republic-visa-guidelines

Residency Process

There are three types of residence permits that are given by the Czech Republic. These are as follows:

Temporary Residence Permit (for EU citizen)

EU Citizens who want to reside in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days, gets a certificate of temporary residence. The only condition for obtaining this permit is that a person should not be a threat to society.

Long Term Residence Permit (for Non-EU citizens)

This permit is issued only if

  1. You are residing in a country on a visa for a stay of over 90 days.
  2. Intend to temporarily live in a country for more than one year, including the previous visa.
  3. If, at the same time the purpose of residence remains the same (exceptions made for blue card holders, employee cards, a family member of scientists, etc.)

If planning to move permanently to the Czech Republic, then, in that case, one has to apply for the third option, i.e., Permanent Residence Permit. Let’s talk about it.

Permanent Residence

Permanent Residence Permit (EU citizens)

One can apply for permanent residency (PR) if:

  • One has resided in the country for consecutive five years. or
  • One can apply for the PR after two years of stay, if is family member of EU citizen (you are also EU citizen), who already is a PR holder of the country. Then, in that case, one should have lived in the country for two years.

Documents Required

  • Passport or other proof of identification
  • Documents that confirm five years of continuous residence in the country or two years in case you are a family member of EU citizen, who holds PR of the country.
  • Two photographs
  • Proof of accommodation

Permanent Residence Permit (Non-EU citizens)

The conditions for applying for PR are as follows:

  • five years of continuous residence in the country.
  • Can apply for PR after two years, if one is a family member of EU citizen, ( you are Non-EU citizen), who holds the PR of the country. One has to give proof that you are a family member for more than one year.
  • If one is not related to the EU citizen in any way, then the application for PR needs to be passed to the Ministry of Interior, according to their place of residence.

Documents Required

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of five years of continuous stay in the country
  • Language proficiency test (results)
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Two photographs
  • Proof of financial coverage
  • List of previous convictions

Apart from these there are few exceptions as decided by the Ministry of internal Issues, which are as follows:

  • PR on humanitarian grounds
  • Reason for issuing PR is in the interest of the Czech Republic
  • Living together with one parent who already had PR or is a citizen of the country.
  • If conferred on international defense

Thus to conclude, the Czech Republic gives an excellent chance of traveling all over the continent(due to its location). Further one can discover the countries and places that you might not have the opportunity to visit. Besides this Czech Republic is ranked 10, by Global Peace Index, 2019 in the list of the safest country in the world.

So, I hope this was informative enough. I hope it will help and guide you to carefully opt for the options were your skills and talent can flourish.

Wishing you lots of luck.

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