With relatively low immigration and strong emigration drive, the Czech Republic has long struggled with excessively low unemployment (the lowest in the EU for several years in a row) and high job vacancy rate. The job vacancy rate in the Czech Republic is the highest in the European Union and reached a historic high last year, according to Eurostat.
At the end of 2018, the job vacancy rate in the Czech Republic stood at 6%, nearly twice as high as Belgium (3.4%), Germany (3.4%) and Austria (3.1%), the countries with the second, third and fourth highest rates – and nearly three times as much as the EU and Eurozone average (2.3%). The Czech Republic also reported the highest increase compared to the same period the previous year (+1.6 percentage point).
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And according to expat women, the Czech Republic has come out as the #1 working destination across the globe, with a whopping 83% of women stating that they were happy with their jobs in the country.
“Czechia has constantly climbed up the ranking of the best countries for women working abroad,” said InterNations head of content and communications Kathrin Chudoba.
“While it only ranked 26th in 2015, it was voted the best country for women working abroad in the latest Expat Insider survey. Female expats are now significantly happier in their jobs in the country.” Read the whole article here.
According to data from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic, at the end of December 2018, 32 042 jobseekers were registered at the labor offices in the South Moravian Region, the share of unemployed persons in the population thus reaching 3.86%.
Compared to December 2017, the number of unemployed fell by 5,248. One fifth of jobseekers have been unemployed for more than 2 years. Find out more here.
While there are many job opportunities for foreigners on the Czech job market, and English is certainly considered an important skill for those seeking employment here, in many cases, it’s not enough.
In today’s globalized economy, mastery of several languages has become an asset in the workforce and the demand for applicants with language skills is on the rise.
According to Veronika Hejdukova of Grafton Recruitment, foreigners who seek jobs in Prague and speak German, Scandinavian languages, and other less common European languages such as Dutch, Romanian, or Hungarian, have become increasingly desirable on the Czech job market.
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Lifestyle & Free Time
If you not only study in Brno, but also live here, you might be interested in some free time activities. It’s natural that when it gets hot, everyone starts looking around for a pool, a river, a lake, a beach, or anywhere they can enjoy the sun and stay cool at the same time. That is why you should take a look at the suggestions that will help you choose a nice place to enjoy summer season while in Brno – click here.
All students of English language programs at the Faculty of Arts will have the possibility to attend Czech language courses free of charge.
Alternatively, you can also check out this list of study portals and materials put together by the South Moravian Regional Center for the Support of the Integration of Foreigners. They even offer Czech language courses that are free of charge for EU nationals.
Real people, real life. The typical sightseeing spots serve only as a background. There are countless campaigns that try to focus on popular places and historical sites. The city of Brno has decided to try an unconventional way and has cast real-life people with their daily activities and errands. Brno would like to continue building its brand name and boost tourism. The hashtag #brnotruestory is used to tag specific events in Brno. In order to attract more visitors, Brno has launched Go to Brno website.
Masaryk University was founded in 1919 as the second in Czechoslovakia. Currently, Masaryk University, abbreviated as MU or MUNI, offers numerous study programs across nine faculties, including programs in English for international students.
Masaryk University is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019 by giving thanks. If you want to find out more about the events and activities organized throughout all the faculties, click here.
With the creation of “Fakescape”, a game designed to teach the concept of distinguishing between real and fake news, the game brings an improvement to the community. It educates people on distinguishing reality from fantasy, thus contributing to people’s development.
A team of six students led by Miloš Gregor and Petra Vejvodová from Masaryk University embarked on their journey to Washington, D.C. and returned home to Czechia – winning second place in the Facebook-sponsored global competition.
Though the competition has ended, the movement brought upon by “Fakescape” is not over. Tereza Kráčmarová has informed Brno Daily that the team plans to “create an English version, as well as bring it to the international scene – to Sweden, Hungary, Macedonia, and other countries”. Read more about the game and its success here.
Brno Writers Group is organizing a free short story contest. The short stories must be in English, 2,500 words or less, and include the theme “The Heart of Europe” in some significant way. Entries must be submitted by email by midnight May 26, 2019. Winners will be announced in mid-June. For more information go to http://brnowritersgroup.blogspot.com/.
Tips & Experience of Other Expats
When travelling to a new country, whether it is for work, education, leisure, or starting a new life with your family, the process can be very overwhelming and scary. You may feel alone and unsure of what steps you need to take to find your place in a new country. Fortunately, you are not alone. There are others like you in Brno, looking for new people to meet and connect with. Brno Expat Centre has put together a couple of handy tipis for newcomers. You can read more here.
Many international magazines and papers have started noticing Brno in the past years. For example, Independent describes Brno with these words: „The Czech Republic’s second largest city offers a welcome respite from the constant crowds of Prague. A renowned university town, locals and students are extremely well catered for in this burgeoning gastronomic and cultural hub.“ Read more here.
The University of Tartu in Estonia has topped a new Times Higher Education table of the best research-intensive universities in “New Europe” – the 13 nations that have joined the European Union since 2004. The Czech Republic is the most represented country, with 13 institutions, while Poland claims 12 of the places, Hungary takes seven, and Romania has five. Masaryk University is the 7th best from the list. Find out more here.
As of 2017, the QS Best Student Cities ranking includes a student view indicator, based on ratings from more than 50,000 students and recent graduates which were gathered in our student survey.
Students were asked to rate their city on eight categories: arts and culture, affordability, nightlife, employment opportunities, diversity, tolerance and inclusion, ease of getting around, and friendliness. They were also asked whether they’d like to stay, or had stayed, in the city after graduating, reflecting their views on its employment prospects. And Brno was featured among the top 10 cities (placed 9th). To find out more, access this link.
Eurostat has released its annual data revealing the most and least expensive consumer goods and services around the European Union. In general, prices for goods and services in the Czech Republic remain relatively cheap compared to the EU average. In the Czech Republic, restaurants and hotels are 60 percent of the EU average, with the country holding a position of #26 in that category. For comparison see Denmark (151%) and Sweden (146%).
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How is life in Brno? Well, it is better than in New York or London. At least according to the Quality of Life Index 2019 made by Numbeo. Brno placed 89th, just a few positions ahead of the Czech capital, Prague (97th). Quality of Life Index is an estimation of overall quality of life by using an empirical formula which takes into account purchasing power index, pollution index, house price to income ratio, cost of living index and many other factors.
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