Prague job hunt: How to find job in Prague in 2020 as a foreigner
When I moved to the Czech Republic at the end of 2018, finding a job in Prague was so easy. My boyfriend found a job even before we moved. Few video calls and that was it.
We all know what happened in March 2020. The Czech Republic, like many other countries, was going through the lockdown. One of the many consequences of the pandemic was closed vacancies for many already advertised positions. A lot of people were struggling to find a job because companies got more careful with hiring new people.
So I’m not gonna lie to you: it’s harder than it was.
But my department has hired 3 new people since then. Three of my friends got a job in the meantime. So yes, it’s harder but it’s still possible. Even now, the unemployment rate in the Czech Republic is 2,8% which makes it one of the lowest in the EU.
And I’m here to help you. If you’re not sure if this post is for you, let me break it down for whom I wrote this:
- you are living in Prague and searching for a job you are thinking of moving to Prague
- you think it’s impossible to get English speaking job in Prague (oh how wrong you are)
- you’re thinking of a city where to live next but you’re worried about the job market
- for all of you out there who think: lucky her, she is living in Prague! YOU CAN BE THAT PERSON
A general overview of the job market in Prague
Before we go deep dive into the topic, let me immediately clarify some things:
- You can find a job in Prague without speaking the Czech language. English is enough in a lot of cases. If you speak any other language, even better (especially german).
- EU residents have all the rights as Czech citizens and can easily get a job in Prague (or anywhere in the Czech Republic for that matter).
- The non-EU resident will have to find a job and then score a visa with sponsorship from their company. Check more below.
- The average gross salary in Prague is around 45 000 CZK. Calculate your net salary right here
- If you want to move to Prague, check my detailed expat guide – Moving to Prague, Czech Republic.
Ok, now that we have that clear let’s dive into the details ↓
How to get a job in Prague as a third-country national
If you’re not coming from an EU country, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland, you are considered to be a third-country national. While citizens of mentioned countries have the same rights as Czechs, third-country nationals have to go through a bit more trouble to get a full-time job in Prague.
With that being said, there are several types of visa and permits that you can obtain to come and work in Prague, some of them mentioned below:
- Short (>90 days) and long-term (<90) seasonal work visas – as the name says those are intended only for seasonal jobs.
- Blue card – this is a long-term stay permit to perform a job requiring high qualifications. Find more information about the Blue Card on the official website of the Ministry of Interior.
- Employe card – The employee card is a type of long-term residence permit in the Czech Republic, where the purpose of the stay (longer than 3 months) is employment.
In 99% of the cases, if your plan to live in Prague, you will need to obtain an employee card. Some things characteristic of the employee card are:
- It is issued for a specific job. Meaning you have to find a job and then apply for the employee card.
- The validation is usually the duration of the work contract but not longer than 2 years – multiple extensions possible.
- You can apply for it even before moving to Prague in the embassy of the Czech Republic in your country.
- Find more details about the employee card here.
For additional information please visit the official pages of the Ministery of Interior of the Czech Republic.
Where to look for a job in Prague
Now that we clarified all legal requirements, let’s dive into the specific resources for finding a job in Prague.
I personally used all of the mentioned below and it worked for me but also for many other people.
Jobs.cz is the largest database of all available jobs not only in Prague but also in the Czech Republic. Although only in Czech, many jobs advertised there require only English. With simple Google Translate, you will find tons of jobs published daily.
Expats.cz are not only the most famous expat portal in the Czech Republic but they also have a great job portal. It’s available in English so you will easily find a way around it. It has fewer job advertisements than Jobs.cz but still enough to catch a good opportunity.
As a globally know employment website, Monster.cz found its way to the Czech job market as well. As far as I saw, the website is in Czech but Google makes wonders.
LinkedIn Job Portal is one of my favorite ways of searching for a job. There are, without exaggeration, thousands of jobs currently available on LinkedIn. I don’t know why, but this network is often underestimated when it comes to looking for a job.
There are Facebook groups that can help you while searching for a Job in Prague. Some of them:
And many others: just type Prague jobs and you will see a list of available Facebook groups.
A bunch of international companies have offices in Prague. No matter of pandemic, Prague will still stay a good place for them because of a cheaper workforce comparing to Germany or Austria. Accenture, Siemens, DHL, ABInBev are just some of them so don’t hesitate. Check their websites regularly and I’m 100% sure something will come up.
Whatever you do, please just don’t give up. As already said, I know several people who found a job during the pandemic and I know companies are still hiring.
Good luck finding your ideal job in Prague and I hope this blog post was helpful. Don’t forget to read my post about Living in Prague.
Until the next reading,
Ana – Traveler To Be