Who contributed to this guide?
We have 170 brainfooders resident in the Czech Republic, or a.k.a ‘Czechia’ in a perhaps not altogether successful rebrand. 25 Czech brainfooders contributed to this guide, including 13 internal recruiters, 3 recruitment agents, 6 HR manager, and 3 tech vendors to the recruitment sector. Contributors came mainly from the capital – Prague – but also from Brno, Chrudim and Přelouč.
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Insights from Local Czech Recruiters
We asked all respondents to anonymously contribute their thoughts on working and recruiting in Czech Republic. All but two of the contributors were Czech or Slovak and those who are not state that they currently live and work in Czech Republic. There we also two Czech national recruiters who contributed who were now resident in other countries. Here is a summary of their best quotes, followed by advice to a non-native recruiter derived from that insight.
Super competitive local market
“Be aware of the current labour market situation – we have the perfect storm. Historically low unemployment rate (3%), decreased numbers of fresh graduates, employers looking for people speaking foreign languages, market dominated by Prague and Brno, competition for EU talent in Western Europe plus significant barriers for the non eu candidates where it can take up to 9 months to get the working visa. This means the candidate responsiveness is low and recruiters have to work extra hard to do their jobs:
Recruiter Tip: Candidate – especially tech – is king in Czech Republic
Standard Two Calendar Month Notice Period
“2 months notice period is standard – and it must be the same for both the employer and the employee. Notice starts on the first day of the month following when the notice was delivered to the other party. Both parties (employee and employer) however, can find mutual agreement and end the working relationship sooner.”
Recruiter Tip: Step up relationship development on final week of every month
Innovation, Workarounds & Hacks
“Don’t be afraid to try. Czech’s love workarounds and creative solutions. I think this part of our culture can really help in recruiting, as – whilst we work hard – we really love to find clever ways to get the same or better result!
For me it is no surprise that we have super creative recruiters from our country – some of the best in Europe I would say – because of this”
Recruiter Tip: Creativity is a valued trait – take risks and experiment!
“Prague is our capital city and undoubtedly the No1 region in the country. It is the biggest by population, market size – all of the big international companies if they come to Czech, they will come to Prague. Brno is definitely No2 – a really beautiful city with great Universities and social life. I would say that most of the comments in this guide applies primarily to experiences hiring in Prague or Brno – the rest of the country would be very different, especially in Internationalisation, foreign language proficiency and so on”
Recruiter Tip: Prague & Brno are the ‘big two’ metropolitan centres
Overtime & Workload
“We work long hours. This is one of the things I really don’t like about the working culture here. I don’t mind to work hard but overtime is often expected by many companies – it is not paid – and I think this can be have a bad impact on employees. If I could change one thing about working in Czech I would change this”
Recruiter Tip: Presenteeism is a thing in Czech Republic…
“Of course it will be different according to each company – for example I worked for a big International tech company here and it was very similar to working in the UK, very open & inclusive culture etc. I then worked for a US company and was based in Prague, however the culture was much more reserved & conservative and did not feel “international” at all. Having said this, I would say that generally we do not like too much formality and there is not much difference between the senior manager and the normal worker”
Recruiter Tip: Treat everyone like a colleague, irrespective of seniority
Czech, Czech Republic or Czechia?
“You may be know that we went through a national rebranding recently – from Czech to ‘Czechia’. Officially this is now the name of our country! Don’t pay any attention to it – almost everyone ignores the change and continue to call the country Czech or the Czech Republic. Please do not make sure not to call us Czechoslovakia though – this has not been the case for over 20 years”
Recruiter Tip: It’s Czech Republic
“Ice Hockey is the national sport of the Czechs. Whilst it is now competing with football in the summer, it is fair to say that it is a topic almost everyone will have an opinion.
The national team is the focus but there is also a great club scene at national level. Třinec, Liberec and Mladá Boleslav are the best, though personally I am for Zlin!”
Recruiter Tip: Get into it – and learn to skate
Maternity / Paternity Leave
“Maternity and Parental leave It lasts 28 weeks and starts 8 to 6 weeks before planned childbirth. However, if you have two or more children at once, maternity leave takes 37 weeks. Parental leave can start after maternity leave and may not last longer than until the child reaches the age of 3 years. However, you can stay with your kid till longer, but you must apply for approved absence from work to take care of your child. This absence from work is based on mutual agreement with the employer and employee“
Recruiter Tip: Understand the cultural practices as well as the statutory requirement
Best Beer is Czech Beer
“Most people abroad would think of brands like Staropramen, Kozel or Pilsner Urquell, but locals would instead favor pubs with beers like Svijany, Bernard or with beer from Brevnov monastery. What ultimately decides what makes a good beer, however, is not the brand, but the quality. Czech Republic is a country that has perfected the way how to distribute, conserve and serve the beer without removing some of its best properties. So while there are be hundreds of pubs serving Czech beers in Prague, you’ll find Praguers crammed in a few select ones, typically ones with a beer in a tank and a setup that allows for serving unfiltered beers or unpasteurized beer as it just tastes so much better. That’s why you sometimes leave our country wondering why the beer tasted so good or different from when you have it abroad! It’s also why our country has a few exceptions from EU regulations on how we’re allowed to brew beers – we also have such consumption that it’s worth making unfiltered/unpasteurized beers as they turn sour faster. Which beers you might get? Traditionally, you’d be looking at pilsners and lagers, however nowadays each bigger brewery produces a wide range of beer types, with IPAs being more and more favored”
Recruiter Tip: Drink unpasteurised beer only
“We have a special group within the EU together with, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary. It’s called ‘Visegrad Group or Visegrad 4’.
So definitely there is very tight cooperation with these countries, though more on cultural and political spheres. For recruiting the visa / immigration laws are still different; Poland has the most liberal laws; Hungary you can buy a citizenship for example. It does mean that in some cases people who want to relocate to Czech first go to Poland to get a permit there, before moving across”
Recruiter Tip: Spend time to understand immigration flow between the V4 countries
Best sites, tools, communities, events & people
The purpose of these guides is collect information from local recruiters. As such, the following list(s) of services describes the responses of these recruiters when asked questions which usually began with the formula ‘what is the best X’. All services mentioned are listed, with the order determined by frequency of citation. It’s the verdict of the local recruiters with no editorialising from brainfood!
|Jobs.cz||Generalist job board||72.00%|
|StartupJobs||Leading job board for tech startup||60.00%|
|Professional social network||36.00%|
|Prace||Tech job board||20.00%|
|Indeed||Job aggregator / job board||12.00%|
|Cocuma||Muse like Job board||8.00%|
|Company website||Company career pages||8.00%|
|Proudly||Muse like Job board||8.00%|
|AngelList||Professional social network||4.00%|
|Flek||Job board / CV database||4.00%|
|Universities’ Websites||University webpages||4.00%|
|Expat Jobs||Job board for English language first immigrants||4.00%|
|Professional social network||96.00%|
|Behance||Social network for design||8.00%|
|Meetup||Social network for event discovery||8.00%|
|AngelList||Social network for tech startup||4.00%|
|Dribbble||Social network for design||4.00%|
|Eventbrite||Social network for event discovery||4.00%|
|Person||Job Title||%age cited|
|Matej Matolin||Head of HR at STRV||56.00%|
|Josef Kadlec||Co-founder at GoodCall & Recruitment Academy||48.00%|
|Jan Tegze||Senior Recruiting Manager at SolarWinds & Author of Full Stack Recruiter||32.00%|
|Jiri Herodek||Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at Accolade||16.00%|
|Petr Skondrojanis||Founder at COCUMA||16.00%|
|Michal Toman||Managing Partner at Engage||12.00%|
|Pavel Plachy||Managing Partner at flow-r||12.00%|
|Jan Kluson||CEO at Proudly||8.00%|
|Milan Novak||CEO at GoodCall||8.00%|
|Petra Nulickova||HR at Alza||8.00%|
|Martin Gazo||Founder at DreamBig||4.00%|
|Michal Hardyn||CEO at Tipli||4.00%|
|Pavel Brozek||Team lead at DreamBig||4.00%|
|Petr Hovorka||Managing Partner at Brandbakers||4.00%|
|Štěpán Bartyzal||Founder at Recruitis.io||4.00%|
|Tereza Macháčková||People Ops Lead at ProductBoard||4.00%|
|Tomas Ervin Dombrovsky||Parterships at LMC||4.00%|
|What are the top Universities in your country?||Description||%age cited|
|ČVUT (Czech Technical University)||Czech Technical University||34.43%|
|Karlova Univerzita (Charles University)||Charles University||21.31%|
|MUNI (Masarykova Univerzita)||Masaryk University in Brno||18.03%|
|Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci (Palacký University Olomouc)||Palacký University Olomouc||14.75%|
|Vysoká škola ekonomická (University of Economics Prague or VSE)||University of Economics in Prague||3.28%|
|Vysoké ucení technické v Brne (VUT or University of Technology Brno)||University of Technology Brno||3.28%|
|Pedersen & Partners||5||20.00%|
|Bubenik & Partners||3||12.00%|
|Advanced Search Technology||1||4.00%|