Your guide to expat life in Czech Republic

Working in the Czech Republic

A favourable economic climate and a highly educated and skilled workforce have attracted large numbers of international companies to the Czech Republic. Competition for jobs can be tough, but there are good opportunities for hard-working expats with the right credentials.

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Doing business

As one of the most industrialised economies in Central Europe, with a strategic location in the region, the Czech Republic is an attractive destination for international foreign investment – and an increasing number of multinational corporations are choosing to base their European headquarters in Prague.

The automotive industry is the country’s largest sector – and it’s the biggest automobile producer in Central Europe. Prague is the main business hub and has also started to emerge as a centre for technology, home to many tech start-ups.

Doing business in the Czech Republic is relatively easy. It was ranked 27th out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Survey for 2017 – particular areas of strength included trading across borders and getting electricity.

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Business culture

The Czech business environment is very formal. Punctuality and a smart appearance are vital – and you’ll find there’s little room for humour.

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Management style

Business structures are hierarchical and decisions are made from the top down, although a team’s opinions are taken into consideration.

Networking

Networking is key to success in the workplace – so it’s worth building good business relationships with your Czech associates.

Work ethic

Hard work is valued – and you’ll be respected if you meet deadlines and arrive for meetings fully prepared.

Family

Family is important in Czech culture and it’s unlikely that work commitments will extend over weekends or public holidays. Czechs are private people who tend to keep their work and personal lives separate – so your colleagues might be reluctant to discuss their families at work.

Fast facts

Business language

Czech is the official language, but English and German are also widely spoken in business circles.

Business hours

Usually from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Dress

Czech businesspeople dress formally and conservatively. Both men and women tend to wear dark suits, although more casual attire might be accepted in some industries.

Greeting

Greet business associates with a firm handshake and direct eye contact. It’s always best to use titles and last names when you meet people for the first time.

Gifts

If you’re invited to a Czech colleague’s home, flowers, good quality wine or spirits are appropriate gifts. Something small and unique to your home country will also be appreciated. Gifts are usually opened straight away.

Gender equality

Women are considered equal in the workplace, but men still hold most senior positions.

Expat salaries

If you’re moving to the Czech Republic to take up a senior position, you can expect to be paid well. Most relocation packages include a generous accommodation allowance and other benefits.

Research the culture well and ensure you have adequate local support from your employer.

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