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Work and Working Conditions in Prague

Work and Working Conditions in Prague

Work permit

Who are not required to apply for a work permit in the Czech Republic?

If you wish to work in Prague and you are a citizen of EU member state, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein, or a member of their family you needn't to apply for a work permit. But can foreign nationals work in Prague without a work permit? Only in that case, if you are a foreign national with a permanent residence or an asylum seeker, you are not
required to apply for a work permit in the Czech Republic.

Other cases

If you are a relative of a European Union or EEA citizen, and are looking for a job in Prague, but are not yourself a citizen of the EU or EEA, you should obtain a temporary residence permit issued by the Ministry of the Interior. After that you may work in Prague or elsewhere in Czech Republic without a work permit.
But what about if you are a national of a third country? You do not need a work permit for work in Prague if:

  • you are a holder of the Scientific Permit;
  • you hold long-term residence permits for the purpose of family reunification, and your family members also have a valid long-term residence permit in the Czech Republic. So you may work in Prague on the basis of their long-term residence permit. 

Working conditions in Prague

Working conditions in Prague are governed by the Labour Code. Foreigners working in Prague should get wages according their job performance in the same way as Czech citizens. Wages for men and women must be the same. 

In Prague, full-time employment is usually Monday to Friday, eight hours per day, so Czech have 40-hour standard workweek (the average working week length in the EU is around 38.5 hours). Although many shops and restaurants are open on Saturday and Sunday, but employees still usually work forty hours per week.

In accordance with the labour law, during working day employees should have a half-hour break for lunch. But employer can make it longer at the employees' request.

Salary

As reported by the Czech Statistical Office, wages in Czech Republic increased to 26287 CZK/Month in the second quarter of 2015 from 25306 CZK/Month in the first quarter of 2015. The highest average value was in 27107 CZK/Month in the fourth quarter of 2014. The average wage in manufacturing is a little higher - 26648 CZK/Month in the second quarter of 2015. Czech Republic takes a third place in growth for average salaries among EU member states takes a third place in growth for average salaries - 8.36%.

Which jobs in Prague are the highest and lowest paying ones? Employees in financial business have the highest salaries; workers in the textile industries have the lowest.

Holiday leave

The standard annual leave is 20 days per year. Teachers and academic staff are entitled to 8 weeks off. Employees in public administration, autonomous public bodies and contributory organizations are granted five weeks.

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