The Czech Republic has established itself as a leader in the European labour market over the past two years. The reasons for this are a reduction in unemployment rates and the creation of new jobs.
By Neli Emrovic
Bulgarians with professional qualifications in the automotive industry can immediately start working in leadership positions in some of the biggest car factories, according to staff recruitment companies.
A few years ago, the Czech government made it easier to open automobile factories. At present, Toyota, Skoda, Hyundai, Citroen and other plants are already in operation in the country. This has led to a need for workers and Czech employers have begun to hire staff from Eastern Europe. Gradually pay in the sector has risen significantly compared to the previous five years. Famous for their integrity, Czech companies provide various bonuses. The staff are given food in the restaurants of the factories, get free work clothes and medical care, as well as additional payments for labour during holidays. “It is important for us to know that the worker feels calm. This can only be done with our help – from his arrival, through accommodation to care throughout his stay” says Lenka Hubkova. She is the manager of the EU Worker and has been living in the Czech Republic for more than two decades. Born and raised in Bulgaria, Lenka knows the desire and aspirations of our compatriots towards permanent and lucrative work. Hubkova concludes that people who choose to work in the Czech Republic are most often family men over the age of 40 with secondary or higher education. Recently Bulgarian women with specialised qualifications, are also being hired in automotive plants. “The ladies are precise and responsible, take on extra shifts and often prefer to spend their entire career in the Czech Republic.” In 2017, the country saw a boom of demand for workers from Bulgaria and Romania. The reason is not lower cost, but mainly the absence of appropriate employees. It is important that the Czech economy continues to maintain the lowest unemployment in the EU.
The number of vacancies has risen to a record high in July this year – 188,000 people, according to the media. “The Czechs no longer want to work for current salaries. This confirms the thesis that the structure of the offered positions have changed recently” adds EU Worker. The fact that more than 15,000 Bulgarians currently work in the Czech Republic, a two-fold increase since five years ago, means that the country is becoming an increasingly attractive economic force for Bulgarians who have decided to work abroad. A stable economy, rising investment, a modern retirement and social system, as well as the high level of healthcare combine to bring the country to one of the foremost places in Europe in terms of living standards and opportunities for development.