In August of 2019, the Czech labor office posted a record number of vacancies, over 350,000, the highest number in the country’s history. While foreigners currently make up a fourth of the work force here, government campaigns are hoping to attract more foreign talent to the Czech lands, opening up numerous opportunities even for those with limited to no Czech language skills.
We spoke to Iveta Chroustovská Team Leader at Grafton Business Services too see which professions are currently hiring the most foreigners.
“For foreigners there are a lot of job opportunities within international companies which have business centers in Prague or BPOs,” she told us. “The official language in these companies is usually English, therefore there is no need to have a knowledge of Czech.”
This list of the industries that are currently hiring the most international employees reflects both the number of listings per profession on our own jobs server as well as industry trends as noted by Chroustovská.
Accounting and finance
Accounting positions are among the most frequently listed vacancies on our jobs pages. As well as English, a number of these positions require French and German skills, however Greek, Vietnamese, Italian, and Portuguese speakers are also in-demand.
A wealth of large multi-national companies outsource their operations to offices in the Czech capital, meaning that in recent years Prague has witnessed an increase in the availability of jobs in call centers and customer service. Aside from English, desired languages for work in customer service include Dutch, Catalan, Italian, Polish, and Basque.
Information Technology Services
While our own jobs server doesn’t list quite as many vacancies in this area, Chroustovská confirms that IT is one profession that continues to welcome foreign hires. And with numerous startups hitting the jobs scene in the Czech Republic in recent years, Prague and “second-city” Brno have become havens for those looking to launch an IT career. Desired languages in this sector include English, Russian, and German.
No matter where on earth you land, there will always be a need for sales representatives and the Czech Republic is no exception to this rule. In many cases neither the Czech language nor prior experience is required as many companies hiring salespeople at all levels will train the right candidates.
Support positions for multi-national companies in Prague and the Czech Republic include interpreters, executive assistants, and back-office. A number of language speakers including but not limited to English are required for these positions (Korean, Italian, German, Hungarian, and Turkish).
From support positions to recruiters, payroll experts, and other positions, HR is also a widely growing profession in the Czech Republic and one that regularly has a need to staff foreigners who speak a range of languages from Spanish to French or even Swedish.
Additional industries hiring foreigners
Based on the prevalence of these openings on our own jobs pages, the traditional “expat” professions are always ripe for job opportunities:
Teaching jobs are quite easy to come by in Prague and are likely the most popular jobs sought out by foreigners living in the Czech Republic. Most language schools are looking for native English speakers and some teaching openings are US- or UK-specific.
Becoming a tour guide in the Czech Republic is easier said than done (for a look into what it’s like to be one, read our article here). However, the work is steady and for those who seek a part-time gig in a country with very few part-time job positions, becoming a tour guide is an option.
The hospitality industry, particularly restaurants, have been struggling with a staffing shortage for years. According to the Gastrojobs.cz portal, in some large establishments operated by international chains, English is generally an official working language, with some Czech being an advantage for front-of-house jobs but not necessarily required. In smaller businesses, some Czech is usually required for FOH jobs, but you will find Russian- or Ukrainian-speaking staff in the back of the house.