Searching for a job in Prague, or the Czech Republic in general, offers its own unique set of challenges. The city has lower unemployment than the countryside, but a wider variety of positions. Short-term work can be difficult to obtain for non-Czech speakers, or for people who require a visa. However, there are opportunities for those willing to look.
There are numerous sites with the ability to filter listings by location, specialization, salary, etc. Some of the most popular sites are:
As part of the EU, Czech job seekers can access the European job mobility portal EURES. This resource provides information about job vacancies and the labor market in the Czech Republic. It also provides information on the living and working conditions, and a CV posting service.
Expat and social forums are another resource for job seekers. The Czech expat site, http://www.expats.cz/ has great listings for available positions. Easy expat's forums are another place to inquire about vacancies.
The old fashioned method of looking through the newspaper's classified's is still an effective way to look for employment.
There are companies and businesses that specialize in summer work.
Teaching English is not only one of the most popular jobs for short-term work, but one of the most popular jobs. (Complete information about teaching English under Adverts and Recruitments).
Teachers may either apply to a school, or teach independently. Most schools are not interested in investing in teachers for the short-term, so creating your own clientele may be the best option for summer/short-term work. Wages range widely, but you should expect about 300Kc per hour for private lessons.
Or, there are some schools that take on worker's short-term.
Employs teachers with TEFL background to teach English in a large Prague language institute and a number of branches around the Czech and Slovak Republics. Address: Vltavska 24, 150 00 Prague 5, Czech Republic
Prague Language Centre
Native English teachers employed with at least a TEFL Certificate. Hourly gross rate of about 280 crowns ($13)
Address: Stepanska 24, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
Tel: 011-420-2-2223 2932
An employment contract is standard for any working environment and in the case of student or short-term work, a student employment contract may be used. This usually imposes a time-limit between a student and an employer, with the student getting a salary for his/her work. Making a formal student work contract is not mandatory (it is possible to sign a standard employee contract instead), but may have additional benefits for a student position.
ISE Card(International Student Exchange Card) - An internationally recognized identification card with thousands of discounts in over 80 countries, it is valid for one year from date of issue. Students of ANY age are eligible, as well as faculty members and children to young adults from 12-25. The price is $25 and you can purchase it online at:
SIC (International Student Identity Card) - Full-time students 12 years and older offers discounts on travel rates, accommodations, shopping, entertainment, basic sickness and travel insurance, and inexpensive international phone calls. A passport sized photo is required and the card costs about $25 and is good through December 31st of each year. It can be purchased at:
IYTC (International Youth Travel Card) - A discount card for travellers under 26 who aren't enrolled in school, this card offers a smaller range of youth travel discounts. The card costs $22 card.
The Student Advantage Card - Provides student travel, retail and entertainment discounts for an annual $20 membership fee. Provides 15% off Amtrak and Greyhound and gets the $2 Hostelworld booking fee waived. Greyhound will give you the discount without a card, and Amtrak also provides the discount to ISIC card holders, too. Purchase on the main website.
A short stay work visa allows for people to work in the Czech Republic for no longer than 90 days. It may be issued as a single or multiple entry visa. EU citizens or nationals of Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland do not need to apply for this visa.
To get a short stay work visa, you need to obtain an employment permit from a Czech employment office before entering the country. There are several exceptions:
People who do not work more than 7 days in a row
People who do not work more than 30 days per year (if they are artists, students under the age of 26, athletes, academic personnel of a university, research assistants taking part in conferences, or service employees)
Additional info on visas available under the Passport and Visas section.
|You will find information on voluntary jobs or internship abroad in our other articles on the left column of this page.|
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