Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

This section feature research, opinion and progress reports on how the Czech Republic compares to other EU countries economically. It includes analysis of international rankings such as the WEF and World Bank.

Spotlight issue

29th November 2016 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

HR experts on workforce shortage in the Czech Republic - opinions, data, possible solutions

The total number of available jobs by the end of 2015 was around 108,000, which, compared to the situation in January 2015, represents an increase by nearly 75%, says Ladislav Kučera, Managing Director of Hays Czech Republic, adding that even despite the significant rise in the number of available jobs and hard to fill jobs, companies have not yet resorted to significant wage increases.
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10th February 2021 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

21 questions and answers for HR managers in 2021

Can I test my employees, and if they refuse to take a test, deny them access to the workplace? If so, what about their remuneration if they cannot work remotely? More than half of my employees will be vaccinated, but do I still have to require all my employees to wear facemasks and follow social distancing in the workplace? Can I terminate an employee's contract of employment whilst they are on furlough?
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26th January 2021 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

Losing Antivirus contributions owing to formal errors

The Antivirus Programme is considered one of the most successful and best performing support programmes that the government introduced during the pandemic. According to statistics published by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs at the end of December, the number of supported companies exceeded 65 thousand and the total amount of provided support amounted to almost CZK 25 billion. However, some employers have ascertained that they will have to refund the aid already received under the programme even though they did not abuse the programme in any way and paid all relevant payments and mandatory premiums within the statutory deadlines.
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14th January 2021 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

Old/new programmes to support employers at the time of the pandemic

At the turn of December and January, the government approved a series of compensatory measures with a total value of CZK 10 billion. Some compensatory measures are brand new; other represent only extensions of existing ones. Below we summarise those intended to help employers preserve jobs.
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic