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1 1 Living and Working in Living and Working in The Czech Republic The Czech Republic Jana Kačenová Torino, Italy

2 2 Situated in the ´heart´ of Europe Situated in the ´heart´ of Europe Bordering countries: Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Austria Bordering countries: Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Austria Three historical regions: Bohemia, Moravia and the Czech part of Silesia Three historical regions: Bohemia, Moravia and the Czech part of Silesia Population: 10,2 million (Italy 58,5 million) Population: 10,2 million (Italy 58,5 million) Area: km 2 (Italy km 2 ) Area: km 2 (Italy km 2 ) Currency: Czech Crown (Kč/CZK) Currency: Czech Crown (Kč/CZK) 1 € = CZK 28 1 € = CZK 28 Internet domain:.cz Internet domain:.cz General information about the country

3 3 Regions in the Czech Republic 77 Labour Offices (of which 14 are regional)

4 4 Main economic indicators GDP+ 6,0% (2nd Q 2007) GDP+ 6,0% (2nd Q 2007) Inflation2,8% (September 2007) Inflation2,8% (September 2007) Unemployment rate 6,2% (September 2007) Unemployment rate 6,2% (September 2007) EUROSTAT data: CR 5,3% - Italy 5,7 %

5 5 Useful numbers (September 2007) Wages Wages Current minimum monthly wage CZK €286 Current minimum monthly wage CZK €286 Average gross monthly wage CZK €767 Average gross monthly wage CZK €767 (2nd Q 2007) Jobseekers x vacancies (workforce ) Jobseekers x vacancies (workforce ) Unemployed (6,2%) Unemployed (6,2%) Registered vacancies (labour offices) Registered vacancies (labour offices) Average number of applicants per 1 vacancy 2,7 Average number of applicants per 1 vacancy 2,7 (September 2006: 4,7)

6 6 10,2% 11,3% 6,7% 7,0% 7,3% 6,1% 5,4% 4,4% 4,6% 4,3% 5,7% 6,2% 4,7% 2,4% Regional unemployment (September 2007)

7 7 Foreign labour force from EU in the Czech Republic (September 2007 – total workforce ) 1. Slovakia Poland Bulgaria Germany Romania United Kingdom France Austria Azzurri – Campioni del Mondo Netherlands 455

8 8 Foreign Labour force from non-EU countries – workpermits (September total workforce ) Foreign Labour force from non-EU countries – workpermits (September total workforce ) 1. Ukraine Moldavia Mongolia Russia Vietnam USA China Macedonia Belarus Japan 697

9 9 Working in the Czech Republic Citizens of EU/EEA countries do not need a work permit Citizens of EU/EEA countries do not need a work permit Registration at Labour Office – Registration at Labour Office – obligation of the employer (latest on the first day of the employment) obligation of the employer (latest on the first day of the employment) Residence permit – entitled to apply when staying more than 3 months Residence permit – entitled to apply when staying more than 3 months – Ministry of Interior – Info for foreigners of M.o.I.

10 10 Looking for work EURES EURES EURES part of the Public Employment Services, part of the Public Employment Services, provides information about job offers, provides information about job offers, living and working conditions etc. living and working conditions etc. 15 EURES advisers 15 EURES advisers in regional towns and in Prague in regional towns and in Prague More information on: More information on:

11 11 Looking for work Labour offices Services of Labour Offices Services of Labour Offices wide range of service open to public: wide range of service open to public: job placement, retraining, consultation, job placement, retraining, consultation, counselling, services to schools, counselling, services to schools, control activities, protection of employees control activities, protection of employees Vacancies displayed in all labour offices (77) Vacancies displayed in all labour offices (77) - on information boards - on information boards (paper form, leaflets) (paper form, leaflets) - on-line on website of labour offices - on-line on website of labour offices (clients can use PC self-service kiosks) (clients can use PC self-service kiosks)

12 12 Looking for work Media Main newspapers for advertising vacancies: Main newspapers for advertising vacancies: Mladá fronta DNES Mladá fronta DNES special supplement Zaměstnání on Thursdays Hospodářské noviny Hospodářské noviny special supplement Kariéra on Mondays Job advertisements are published in all daily press in special supplements or columns. Job advertisements are published in all daily press in special supplements or columns.

13 13 Looking for work Internet Internet Internet see list of other job servers

14 14 Looking for work Recruitment agencies Private personnel agencies Private personnel agencies recruitment agency must have a licence for mediatory services Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs for mediatory services issued by the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs Database of licenced agencies: Personnel agencies are not allowed to ask Personnel agencies are not allowed to ask for any charge from job seekers! for any charge from job seekers! (Employment Act No. 435/2004) (Employment Act No. 435/2004)

15 15 Looking for work Recruitment agencies Nearly licenced agencies in the CR Biggest recruitment agencies: MANPOWERhttp://www.manpower.cz MANPOWERhttp://www.manpower.czhttp://www.manpower.cz ADECCOhttp://www.adecco.cz ADECCOhttp://www.adecco.czhttp://www.adecco.cz GRAFTONhttp://www.grafton.cz GRAFTONhttp://www.grafton.czhttp://www.grafton.czhttp://www.grafton.cz STARThttp://www.start.cz STARThttp://www.start.czhttp://www.start.cz Agencies can be specialized in recruiting: at certain educational/professional levels at certain educational/professional levels in target countries or target groups in target countries or target groups

16 16 Looking for work Personal contacts Web sites Web sites companies have their own web sites companies have their own web sites with job offers (on-line application forms) with job offers (on-line application forms) Yellow pages (available in English) Yellow pages (available in English) Browsers Browsers see list of other browsers see list of other browsers

17 17 What is needed when looking for a job? Language skills Language skills Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae typed, structured, EUROPASS form, common to attach pictures typed, structured, EUROPASS form, common to attach pictures Cover letter, references Cover letter, references Interview Interview get details of the company get details of the company Extract from the criminal register (when working with money, children) Extract from the criminal register (when working with money, children) Health certificate (when working with food) Health certificate (when working with food) Psychological tests Psychological tests

18 18 Living in the Czech Republic Registering in the territory of the CR Registering in the territory of the CR (accommodation provider, automatically) (accommodation provider, automatically) Residence permit EU citizens do not need any special permission to stay Residence permit EU citizens do not need any special permission to stay Stays longer than 3 months - entitled to apply for ´permission to stay for a citizen of a European Communities member state´ Stays longer than 3 months - entitled to apply for ´permission to stay for a citizen of a European Communities member state´ (Application is submitted to the Foreigner's Police in the Czech Republic) (Application is submitted to the Foreigner's Police in the Czech Republic) – Ministry of Interior – Info portal for foreigners

19 19 Social and Health Insurance Social Security Administration Social Security Administration Health Insurance Company Health Insurance Company EU workers do not need to register with tax/social security authorities – employer does so on their behalf No special fiscal or social number  health insurance: (compulsory) health care  social insurance: illness, unemployment and other social situation (maternity, old age, etc.)

20 20 Deductions from earnings (in %) Deductions from earnings (in %) employee employer employee employer health ins.4,5 9,0 health ins.4,5 9,0 social ins. 8,0 26,0 social ins. 8,0 26,0 income tax (progressive) *12/ 19/ 25/ 32 income tax (progressive) *12/ 19/ 25/ 32 * incomes up to CZK (€ 4328) per annum Tax rate is higher if a person earns more - Ministry of Finance

21 21 Healthcare General medical services are free - compulsory health insurance (In 2008 – patients´partial contribution for hospital stays, prescriptions etc.) General medical services are free - compulsory health insurance (In 2008 – patients´partial contribution for hospital stays, prescriptions etc.) When employed in the Czech Republic employer registers employees with Insurance Institution When employed in the Czech Republic employer registers employees with Insurance Institution Charges are made usually for Charges are made usually for non-standard treatments non-standard treatments

22 22 Working conditions Working time: hours a week (reduced to 37,5 and 38,5 hrs in shift work operations 12 hrs shifts) 40 hours a week (reduced to 37,5 and 38,5 hrs in shift work operations 12 hrs shifts) hours a day (in shift work operations 12 hrs shifts) 8 hours a day (in shift work operations 12 hrs shifts) 30 minutes break after 6 hours of work 30 minutes break after 6 hours of workHolidays: basic annual leave is weeks (many employers offer 5 weeks) basic annual leave is 4 weeks (many employers offer 5 weeks)

23 23 Employment Required content of work contract work position work position place of work place of work work starting date work starting date Other arrangements salary, description of work position, benefits etc. salary, description of work position, benefits etc. Conclusion of employment contract trial period of 3 months trial period of 3 months

24 24 Employee´s Rights and Obligations State Labour Inspection Authority State Labour Inspection Authority regular open hours at local labour offices Trade unions Czech - Moravian Confederation of Trade Uninons

25 25 Unemployment Unemployed people can register with Labour Office as job seekers Unemployed people can register with Labour Office as job seekers Entitled to unemployment benefits if they prove at least 12 months of work within the past 3 years preceding the submission of application Entitled to unemployment benefits if they prove at least 12 months of work within the past 3 years preceding the submission of application Amount of benefits: Amount of benefits: 50% in first 3 months and 45% for the remaining months of the average monthly salary in the last job 50% in first 3 months and 45% for the remaining months of the average monthly salary in the last job Unemployment benefits paid for 6 months (longer under certain criteria, eg. over 50 yrs, special needs, etc.) Unemployment benefits paid for 6 months (longer under certain criteria, eg. over 50 yrs, special needs, etc.)

26 26Accommodation Availability of accommodation and prices depend upon geographical location Availability of accommodation and prices depend upon geographical location Deposit is often charged if you rent a flat Deposit is often charged if you rent a flat (usually 3-months rent) (usually 3-months rent) A lot of rent and sales offers can be found A lot of rent and sales offers can be found in local or national newspapers or internet: in local or national newspapers or internet: Average rental of one bedroom flat around 6000 CZK/month (€214) Average rental of one bedroom flat around 6000 CZK/month (€214) (Flat shares are cheaper, Prague – most expensive) To find suitable long-term accommodation use estate agencies! To find suitable long-term accommodation use estate agencies!

27 27 Banking Salaries are almost always paid into a bank account To open up a bank account, you need a valid ID/passport and some amount as the entrance deposit Most banks have a help line to provide information

28 28 Recognition of qualifications Recognition of qualifications Recognition of qualification is necessary Recognition of qualification is necessary for work in any of the regulated professions List of regulated professions in the Czech List of regulated professions in the Czech Republic is available on the website of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

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33 33 Labour offices Labour offices in the Czech Republic in the Czech Republic national website national websitehttp://portal.mpsv.cz/sz

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38 38 Labour market – labour force -Shortages- Mechanical engineering technicians Mechanical engineering technicians Electrical Engineering technicians Electrical Engineering technicians Civil engineering technicians Civil engineering technicians CNC operators CNC operators Teachers of technical subjects Teachers of technical subjects Tool-makers Tool-makers Joiners, carpenters Joiners, carpenters Welders, fitters Welders, fitters Plastic processing machine operators Plastic processing machine operators Manufacturing operators Manufacturing operators Drivers Drivers

39 39 Labour market – labour force -Shortages- Medical staff Medical staff Sales representatives Sales representatives Sales staff Sales staff Security agent lower Security agent lower Chefs, waiters/tenders Chefs, waiters/tenders Traditional vocational trainees (apprenticeship leavers) Traditional vocational trainees (apprenticeship leavers) Workers in food-processing industry Workers in food-processing industry Assembly lines operators Assembly lines operators Workers for shift work in general Workers for shift work in general

40 40 Labour market – labour force +Surpluses+ Administrative workers Administrative workers Agricultural workers Agricultural workers (livestock, plant production) (livestock, plant production) Seasonal unemployment – gardeners, forestry workers, construction workers Seasonal unemployment – gardeners, forestry workers, construction workers

41 41 Thank you for your attention! Thank you for your attention! Any questions?_____ Any questions?_____

42 42 Jana Kačenová Jana Kačenová EURES adviser – Central Region EURES adviser – Central Region Labour Office in Příbram Labour Office in Příbram The Czech Republic The Czech

43 43 Living Living in the Czech Republic


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