Despite the Czech school system maintaining a relatively strong position in international testing, the ratio of what the country’s teachers earn in comparison to other university graduates is among the lowest in the OECD. The government’s manifesto promises to increase the amount of investment in schooling, but it will likely be a long time before the effects become evident.
The Czech Republic is the only new EU member state to receive more foreign
workers than it posts abroad, suggests an analysis on labour mobility
published on the government’s website on Tuesday. The report indicates
that in 2014, Czech companies sent 10,400 workers to other states, while
the Czech Republic received 17,200 foreign workers.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, along with his Slovak and Austrian counterparts, is set to discuss the EU directive on posting of workers with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting in Salzburg next week.
The number of Czech doctors working in Germany keeps increasing. Over the past five years, up to 590 doctors have left the Czech Republic for the neighbouring country, according to the figures of the German Medical Chamber quoted by the Czech News Agency. At the moment, there are over 920 Czech doctors working in Germany, mainly in Saxony and Bavaria. Czech medical staff are attracted mainly by higher salaries and better working conditions.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic is at its lowest level since March 2009. According to freshly released figures from the country’s Labour Office, 6.0 percent of the workforce was jobless in September, down 0.2 percent on the previous month. Meanwhile, the number of jobs available last month was the highest since just after the start of the economic crisis. I discussed the figures with economist Daniel Munich – who explained that the situation is more nuanced than it may initially appear.
Separately, the Czech Republic and Israel have signed an agreement opening the way for young people from both countries to work for a year abroad without needing a visa. The opportunity for working holidays will be open to those aged between 18 and 30. The Czech Republic already has similar agreements up and working with Canada and New Zealand. The latest agreement must be cleared by parliaments in each country before it can become operational.
The Prague region had the lowest unemployment rate in the entire European Union last year with 2.5 percent, according to freshly published data from Eurostat. It shared top spot on the list with Germany’s Upper Bavaria. But why is the Prague region doing so well in this respect? That’s a question I put to economist Daniel Münich.
An overwhelming majority of Czech students would like to work abroad, according to an annual Student Barometer survey carried out by the international consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers. Over ninety percent of Czech students who took part in the survey said they would welcome work experience abroad and over forty would be willing to move abroad permanently in case they got an interesting job offer. Václav Prýmek of PwC said the number had increased significantly compared to previous years, attributing the heightened interest to a broader scope of jobs on offer.
The British police have freed eight Czech citizens “enslaved” in Plymouth, in the southwest of the country, the news website Plymouth Herald has reported. The eight men had reportedly been forced to work for little or no money after having been trafficked into the UK by a criminal gang. Eight people, all of Eastern European origin, were arrested during the operation. The authorities were first tipped of the case in March when a Czech man who escaped his captors contacted the police, the news website said.