Several countries in the south of Europe – such as Greece, Spain and Italy – have been beset by high unemployment rates in recent years, leading increasing numbers of their citizens to seek work abroad, including in the Czech Republic, according to Hospodarske noviny/Radio Praha.
For their part, many Czech employers are crying out for reinforcements as the country is enjoying (or, depending on one’s outlook, suffering from) the lowest unemployment rate in the whole of Europe.
There are a record numbers of vacant positions on the Czech labour market and the Czech Chamber of Commerce estimates that domestic companies are lacking a full 300,000 employees.
A spokesperson for the Czech Chamber of Commerce, Miroslav Diro, told Hospodářské noviny that southerners were the most strongly represented Europeans in terms of the upswing of foreigners on this country’s labour market.
Mr. Diro said his organisation estimates that there are presently around 3,500 Italians, 1,900 Spaniards, 1,000 Greeks and 700 Portuguese employed by Czech companies.