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The Czech Republic's favourable economic climate has attracted many expats in recent years. With a stable economy and close transport links to Germany and Russia, there are also plenty of investment opportunities in the country.
EU citizens are able to easily live and work in the country as they do not require a work permit, whereas non-EU citizens do need a work permit to gain employment in the Czech Republic.
Job market in Czech Republic
The majority of expats working in the Czech Republic will find employment in Prague, but there are also opportunities in smaller towns and cities, particularly in the tourism sector.
The Czech Republic's main industries include tourism, finance, IT, real estate and manufacturing, especially in the automotive industry. Expats often find jobs in the financial services, education, information technology, trade and hospitality sectors. Czech Republic is also becoming more popular for foreign business investment and expats therefore may be able to find a job in one of the foreign companies based in the country.
Finding a job in Czech Republic
With a highly educated and skilled workforce, competition for top jobs in the Czech Republic may be fierce. Nevertheless, expats with the right credentials and experience will find opportunities to explore in the country. It is recommended that expats secure employment in advance of moving to the Czech Republic.
Job opportunities can be found through online job portals or by directly contacting a local recruitment agency. Otherwise, employment opportunities may be found by looking for postings on the websites of specific multinational companies.
Czech is the main language of business and potential employers might expect resumes and applications to be in Czech.
Work culture in Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has a favourable business environment, and foreigners should not have trouble adjusting to working life in the country. That said, how individuals conduct themselves during business can have a great impact on how fellow business associates perceive them, and expats should therefore take some time to become familiar with the corporate culture in the country.
Business structures are hierarchical and decisions are made from the top down, although the group’s opinion may be considered in some cases. The business culture in the Czech Republic is mostly formal, and building personal relationships is important to doing business successfully.
►Work Permits in Czech Republic provides information about the paperwork needed to take up employment in the country
"If you have programming, developing or other IT skills, it should not be difficult for you to find work in Brno as there are many IT companies here. There are also a number of major staffing agencies with branches in Brno: Adecco, Grafton, Hays, Manpower and Reed all have a presence in the city. There is also the jobs.cz job-seeking website, and the JobSpin employment fair that takes place twice a year." To read more about Canadian expat Kevan and his experience living in Brno, read his interview with Expat Arrivals.
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