Working in Prague?
Working in Prague
At a Glance:
- The service sector is the most significant in Prague, employing around 80% of the city’s working population.
- English teachers are highly sought after in Prague, in schools as well as businesses where English is becoming more and more essential.
- Although English is widely spoken in cities, locals still appreciate any attempt at speaking their language — opportunities to learn are widely available in language schools.
- EU citizens do not require a work permit for jobs in the Prague, while non-EU citizens need to apply for a work permit before they can obtain their long-term employment visa.
As the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is the major economic and financial center of the country, accounting for roughly a quarter of the country’s GDP. The city’s central location within Europe has made it a popular destination among foreign investors. Most multinational companies operating in the Czech Republic have their headquarters in Prague, as do many of the largest Czech companies.
Another plus for those who are considering working in Prague is the low unemployment rate. In recent years, the Czech unemployment rate has steadily decreased and as of June 2017 was at 2.9% of the total labor force — much lower than the EU-member-state average of 8.2%.
The Main Industries in Prague
In recent decades, Prague has turned from an industrial city to one with a modern service and R&D-based economy. During this process, local businesses have been very successful in attracting both foreign and domestic investment.
Nowadays, the service sector is the city’s growth engine and employs around 80% of the workforce. The most important areas are the financial sector as well as trade-related services. Another increasingly relevant industry is tourism.
The automobile, pharmaceutical, and electrical engineering industries are still important for the city. And, yes, there are still some breweries, too — although their economic significance is marginal.
Which Professions Give the Highest Returns?
Job opportunities for expats exist, especially for those with finance, IT, and business development skills. These are also the fields which boast the highest average salaries: though the average monthly wage in the Czech Republic is 27,200 CZK (approx. 1,200 USD), expats in these sectors all typically earn more.
There are also many opportunities for foreign language teachers in Prague — although the monthly wage here will be closer to an average 25,000 CZK. For more information, check the section on teaching English below.
Prague Job-Search Tools
There are several ways to find a job in Prague. Since multinational businesses are generally the most likely to hire expats and offer competitive salaries, it’s a good idea to start your search there. You could also check your national chamber of commerce or diplomatic representation in Prague for a list of companies from your home country with offices in Prague.
Alternatively, you might want to check out some of the following websites for job offers in Prague:
If possible, consider taking a short preliminary trip to Prague for a couple of days to go job hunting. Depending on the type of position you are looking for, this might be the most effective way to find the right job for you.
Prague: Calling All Language Teachers
As in many other countries, working in Prague teaching English (or another language) is a popular option for those who would like to experience the country, its culture, and its people. In Prague, native English and German speakers are in particularly high demand.
The majority of jobs at private language schools or companies require a degree as well as either sufficient teaching experience or a TEFL certificate. Alternatively, private language tuition can be a profitable line of work.
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