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Despite coronavirus crisis, 20% of Czechs want to change jobs by the end of 2020

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One in five Czech residents between the ages of 15 and 59 are actively looking to change jobs by the end of 2020, according to a recent survey conducted by STEM/MARK for the staffing agency Předvýběr.cz.

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Six percent of respondents stated that they will “certainly” change jobs by the end of the year, while another 14% said they would like to find a new job going into 2021.

The most common reason these respondents gave for wanting a new job was to get better pay, given by 31% of people who said they want to change jobs this year.

A total of 23% of Czech residents looking to find a new job stated it was due to feelings of stress and burn out at their current job. A further 13% said it was due to not enjoying their current job, while 11% said it was due to not getting along with their boss, and 4% said it was due to not getting along with colleagues.

Only 3% of respondents were seeking a new job because they lost their previous job.

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Among the majority of people who stated they were not actively seeking a new job, most (76%) stated they they were happy with their current job. However, 13% of people stated they were unsatisfied with their current job but not looking to change jobs due to uncertainty on the Czech employment market.

The number of people seeking a job change may come as a surprise given the effects of the recent coronavirus crisis on the Czech economy, as the number of available job vacancies has been on the decline after numerous businesses have had to close or reduce staff.

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At the same time, effects from the crisis, including home working, may have given some people a new perspective on their current job and work environment in the Czech Republic.

“Figures from the coronavirus epidemic show a more realistic approach to work compared to last year’s surveys,” Předvýběr.cz director František Boudný stated in a press release.

“In short, people value relationships in the workplace more and at the same time perceive the change in work more matter-of-factly.”

The number of people who stated they were “definitely happy” in their job rose by 6% this year, from 16% to 22%. The number of respondents who stated they were “mostly happy” with their job decreased from 63% to 57%, however.

The most common reasons given for employee happiness were the ability to “do what I like” (40% of respondents), being part of a good team (25%), and good pay (21%).

A total of 505 respondents between the ages of 15 and 59 sourced from the Český národní panel took part in the survey.

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