Czechia has announced plans to attract workers from southern EU countries, such as Spain and Portugal, in an effort to address its labor shortages. Minister of Labor Marian Jurečka revealed the country’s intention to target qualified and expert workers, particularly in fields like IT and research, where there is a need for high competence.
To facilitate this initiative, Czechia plans to establish close cooperation with institutions in southern EU countries that mediate employment. The goal is to identify and recruit skilled workers to help fill the labor gaps in key sectors, such as IT and research.
The country’s efforts to attract foreign workers are underscored by the low unemployment rate in Czechia, which currently stands at 2.4 percent, the lowest in the EU. In contrast, countries like Spain and Greece have unemployment rates much higher than the EU average, providing an opportunity for Czechia to tap into a pool of qualified workers.
According to data from the European Labor Authority, there is a demand for professionals in various fields, including specialist medical practitioners, software developers, and nursing professionals. In contrast, certain professions, such as shop sale assistants and general office clerks, face difficulty finding work in Czechia.
Czechia currently has over 800,000 foreign workers, with approximately 30,700 new arrivals in 2023. These foreign workers make up around one-fifth of the total workforce in the country.
As Czechia looks to attract skilled workers from southern EU countries and beyond, its efforts to address labor shortages reflect a broader trend of international labor mobility within the EU. Through strategic partnerships and targeted recruitment, Czechia hopes to strengthen its workforce and fill vital roles in key sectors.
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