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Finding Employment

Czech Republic - Finding Employment

If you are a citizen of a European Union (EU) member country, or you are the family member of one, you have a right to live and work in the Czech Republic without restriction. This also applies to citizens from Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Iceland and Norway. You should register your location with the local police within 30 days of arrival as well as registering for taxes on property and income. You can apply for a temporary residence permit if you wish, which will allow you to vote, obtain a mortgage and prove eligibility for the permanent residency visa after five years. However, this is not mandatory. You will need to register with one of the seven public health insurance funds, since you and your employer must by law contribute to your public health cover.

If you are arriving from outside the EU, you must apply for and be granted a work permit before entering the Czech Republic. An employer can only offer you the job after they have advertised the vacancy for at least 30 days, and they must keep evidence that this was done. There will be an application fee for the work permit, which will only allow you to work for the named employer on the permit.

If the job requires specific qualifications, you must have a certificate to prove that you meet this requirement. If this certificate has been issued outside the Czech republic, in a country which does not have an agreement on mutual recognition of educational certification, then you will need to have your qualification examined by a relevant Czech academic institution. This application can take up to thirty days to complete.

It will take up to four months to process a work application, and it will normally expire after a period of 24 months.

If at any time you decide to change employer while working in the Czech Republic, both you and your prospective employer must complete the same work permit application process, including the 30 day vacancy advert which forms the labor market test. Again, a fee will be due, and you cannot start work with your new employer until you have received the new work permit. If you wish to stay with the same employer beyond the permitted two years, you will need to apply for an extension to the work permit.

The Green Card was a combined residency and work permit issued to citizens from a list of identified countries including Australia, Montenegro, Croatia, Japan, Canada, South Korea, New Zealand, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, USA, Serbia and Ukraine. However, the Green Card scheme was withdrawn in 2014 and replaced with the Employee Card.

If you are a highly skilled professional, you can apply for the EU Blue Card. This is a combined residency and work permit which lasts for two years. You should have received at least three years of relevant training for the job you have been offered, and received a relevant University degree or skilled vocational qualification. An official government website advertises vacancies for jobs requiring high levels of skill for which the EU Blue Card scheme would be an appropriate immigration option.

If you are caught working in the Czech Republic without the necessary work permit or residency permits, you will be deported. Your employer will, by law, have to pay all the costs associated with your deportation. These include accommodation, food, transport and other fees. Since these costs can be significant, and there is no appeal against them unless the employer can prove they were given false documents, you will find it hard to find employment without obtaining all the necessary permits.

Once you have legally and continuously lived in the Czech Republic for five years, and you meet all the other conditions required, you can apply for a permanent residency permit. Once you have been approved and received the permit, you will be free to work in the Czech Republic without obtaining a further work permit.

If you are an asylum seeker and have lodged an application for international protection, you will not be allowed to work for six months. If you break this law, you are complicating your asylum claim and may jeopardize it. After six months, you can apply for a work permit. This will be issued by your local labor office. In these circumstances, the labor market test will not be applied. Once your asylum application has been successful and you have been granted international protection, you will have the same free access to the labor market as Czech locals, and therefore will no longer need to have a work permit.

Whilst you need a respectable knowledge of the Czech language in many workplaces, there are particular locations where fluent English will be an acceptable alternative.

Fluent English speakers are in particular demand for jobs in leisure and tourism venues which serve international visitors. Bars, restaurants and hotels offer a wide range of seasonal opportunities, especially in Prague. Many of these jobs are not well-paid, but will allow you to establish yourself in your new home and to learn some basic Czech language skills. This might be helpful in the future, as employers will feel confident you are here to stay.

A number of international companies operate in the Czech Republic, which has easy access to Germany and other major European economies, yet has much lower costs than its neighbors. The common language spoken within those companies is English, though some will also support Czech language learning amongst their employees. They will usually be looking for higher level skill sets which cannot be met by the local available workforce.

English is taught in schools across the country. Proficient English speakers who have teaching qualifications will have a good chance of finding teaching work, though you must be prepared to comply with the government and school standards.

Most expats who teach English in the Czech Republic will be self-employed individuals working for an agreed hourly rate. This set up will introduce a some uncertainty to your income, but if you are good at what you do and are well-liked by your students, your reputation will bring in plenty of work. Once you have enough work coming in, you will be free to pick and choose which language schools you wish to continue working with. You will mostly be teaching English to young and older adults in a class setting, and less frequently providing one to one tutoring. Many people like the enthusiasm and dedication of this age range.

Reed is a global recruitment firm, which has offices in Prague and Brno. Grafton is also a good source of employment for English speaking job hunters in the Czech Republic.

People from affluent countries are not usually attracted to the Czech Republic because of the salaries. However, whilst the pay might seem modest, living costs are also very reasonable. Housing might be expensive in Prague compared to the rest of the country, but it’s still much cheaper than Hong Kong, Singapore or Central London. Czech people tend to be open minded and sociable, which makes integration for expats in the Czech Republic easy. You are expected to work hard to earn the money you need to support yourself, but a good work/life balance is also achievable here. It can therefore be a good country in which to earn enough for a respectable standard of living whilst enjoying the cultural life and beautiful natural landscapes on offer.

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