In a recent release from the Czech Labour Office, it was revealed that job vacancies in March reached a substantial figure of 284,525, almost on par with the number of job seekers at 273,478. Despite this apparent balance, Czech companies are struggling with labor shortages across various sectors, resulting in a heightened demand for both skilled and blue-collar workers, as per insights from EURES.
The European Job Mobility Portal underlines a persistent need for new hires, specifically emphasizing the shortage of skilled craftsmen. Interestingly, 71.6% of these vacancies are open to candidates with primary or lower education, with an additional 70.9% deemed suitable for foreign workers.
The most in-demand professions in the Czech Republic include construction, manufacturing, transportation, culinary arts, and general services. The top ten occupations sought after are building construction workers, forklift operators, warehouse workers, assembly workers, CNC machine operators, truck and tractor-trailer drivers, cooks, bricklayers, masons and tilers, and cleaners.
Prague leads the way in job opportunities with an impressive 78,112 openings, closely trailed by the Central Bohemia region with 58,300. The capital city is witnessing an increasing demand for workforce in sectors such as mining, construction, manufacturing, and transportation.
Nevertheless, EURES points out that individuals with lower qualifications, particularly those lacking a high school diploma or possessing only primary education, face a heightened risk of unemployment.
For individuals outside the EU, EEA, or Switzerland seeking employment in Czechia, a mandatory visa and work permit are prerequisites, even for short-term positions. Czechia offers three types of work permits: the Employee Card, the Blue Card, and the Intra-Company Transferee Card.
Czechia is categorized in Eurostat’s Group 3, with a minimum wage around €720 per month, placing it among countries with a minimum wage below €1000. Numbeo ranks the country as the 25th most expensive in Europe based on living costs.
In response to the ongoing labor shortages, the Czech government initiated a new migration program in August, targeting Indonesian polytechnic students. The initiative strives to engage approximately 300 students for a two-year work period in Czechia, presenting a strategic solution to address the shortage of skilled workers in critical sectors.