Due to several challenges posed by the increasing labour shortage in the the Czech Republic, its government aims to attract more foreign workers by simplifying processes related to the issuing of work permits. Now Czech firms can recruit high-skilled workers from Ukraine, Montenegro, Serbia, Moldova and central Asia.

“There is no need to recall the damage caused by a lack of qualified employees in our economy, and therefore we need to act quickly.”

Vladimír Dlouhý, president of the Czech Chamber of Commerce

According to the Czech Chamber of Commerce, the country lost 84 billion crowns (3,2 billion EUR) due to a lack of workers in 2018, and it estimates losses to reach 110 billion crowns (4,2 billion EUR) this year.

The total number of Ukrainian workers in the Czech Republic right now is 19.600 people and is estimated to rise to 40.000 people from September on. However, such quota will not be satisfactory, as the country currently lacks 500.000 workers.

According to the Czech Labour Office, the unemployment rate fell to 2,6% in June, which is the lowest level in 22 years and the lowest in the EU.

Jobnation / Emerging Europe

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