Sunday, August 19, 2007

A Growing Number of Czech Companies Have Problems Finding Employees

Three quarters of Czech companies have problems finding employees, Hospodarske noviny reported on Monday. The biggest Czech car-manufacturer Skoda auto, for example, allegedly lacks 500 employees. The shortage is most prominent in the industrial sector, where 88 percent of companies are currently looking for new employees. Lorry drivers, shop assistant and IT experts are also in short supply. One third of Czech companies rely on foreigners and some have started employing pensioners and women on maternity leave.

According to data released by the Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs there are more than 200,000 foreign workers, mostly manual labourers, currently employed in the Czech Republic. They come mainly from Slovakia, Ukraine and Poland. The ministry plans to introduce a so-called green card system to facilitate the employment of qualified workers from abroad.

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