Czech restaurant and hotel owners are struggling with a major shortage of skilled workers, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Wednesday. With the tight labour market and growing number of new restaurants, both finding and keeping employees has become increasingly more complicated and some businesses have even been forced to close down.
In response to numerous complaints with regard to abuse of the Czech visa system in Ukraine, the Czech consulate in Lvov has moved to simplify and speed up the process. Steps have been taken to root out corruption by local middlemen who blocked the registration system, making it virtually impossible for anyone else to sign up for months. Applicants will now be able to book by phone, eliminating the long waiting lines outside the consulate and the waiting time for a visa should be reduced from 130 days to 75.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic hit a new low in May, dropping to 3
percent from 3.2 in April, the main Labour Office reported on Friday.
The year-on-year decline is even steeper, down from 4.1 percent. At the end of the month labour offices reported 230,000 unemployed, the lowest number since June 1997.
The unemployment rate has been dropping steadily since February and labour market experts say the trend is likely to continue.
Czech average wages rose by 8.6 percent in the first quarter to 30,265
crowns. After taking off the impact of inflation, the real rise comes to
6.6 percent .
The median wage, the most frequently paid which cancels out the impact of very high wages on the average, rose by 8.3 percent to 25,674 crowns according to the Czech Statistical Office.
Czech wages are rising faster than in most neighbouring countries with the average wage breaking the 30,000 crown mark for the first time at the end of 2017.
Good government watchdog Transparency International has warned that moves by the current Czech government to sack top level civil servants and members of the state administration have gone a lot further than originally declared. And it says that further encroachments on what should be a non-political administration are threatened.
The Czech Republic has the lowest jobless rate in the European Union with vacancies now outstripping the registered unemployed. But moves to attract workers from Ukraine are being hampered by red tape. That sparked a lightning visit last week by the Czech labour minister and a raft of reforms are now promised.
After strong growth last year, the Czech Republic’s economy continues to thrive. Indeed, according to freshly released preliminary figures, gross domestic product expanded by 4.5 percent in the first quarter. This was down from the 5.5 percent recorded in the final quarter of last year but is still a notable result. I discussed the new data with economist Jan Bureš of Patria Finance.
Czech unemployment fell to 3.2 percent in April from March’s 3.5 percent,
according to figures released from the national labour office. It said that
seasonal work was now in full swing and the jobless total could increase in
The office added it had almost 243,000 job seekers on its books. That’s the lowest figure since August 1997. In April 2017, the jobless rate was 4.4 percent.
The number of vacancies, at just over 267,000. once again exceeded the jobless total in the country. Most job offers are in Prague, central Bohemia, the Plzeň and Pardubice regions.
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