- Hans Weber
- December 7, 2023
“Remote Work” Remains Elusive for Many Czech Job Seekers
Czech Republic – October 18, 2023 – “Home office” or remote work has been a buzzword in personnel management, with many companies suggesting they offer this option to employees. However, a recent report from job portal Volnamista.cz reveals that the reality is starkly different, as only a fraction of job positions genuinely allow remote work, leaving job seekers with limited choices.
The report indicates that out of 40,000 job listings spanning various industries nationwide, only around 2,000 positions explicitly offer remote work as an option. The situation is somewhat better when it comes to flexible working hours, with approximately 3,500 open positions extending this benefit to employees.
Remote work arrangements are more prevalent in certain professions, including IT roles, marketing, and communications, as well as within the insurance and sales sectors. For instance, MEVA-TEC, a company based in Šumperk, is seeking a remote representative with expertise in computer technology and mechanical engineering, even providing a company car for business and personal use.
Interestingly, non-profit organizations connected to grant projects also frequently offer remote work opportunities. These positions often feature above-average starting salaries. In Prague, one non-profit organization offers monthly salaries ranging from 43,000 to 45,000 CZK for administrative roles linked to grant projects, where work can be done from the comfort of home and involves donor communication with municipalities, cities, and regions to secure funding.
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly accelerated the popularity of remote work, particularly among the younger generation. A company survey reveals that three out of five individuals under the age of 35 prefer this working method. However, older generations tend to be more cautious about remote work. In response, nearly 40% of companies have adopted a hybrid work model, combining office and remote work, as in-person interactions often facilitate the exchange of information and ideas.
Despite some companies observing potential productivity dips among remote workers, few managers are eager to curtail the home office option, driven by the fear of losing skilled employees. Irena Vrbová from consulting company Porto notes that companies recognize the influence of the hybrid work model on corporate culture but struggle to revert to a more office-centric approach.
A growing trend is emerging, with employees increasingly reluctant to go beyond their job responsibilities, as noted by Irena Vrbová and several HR professionals. Working from home might not be suitable for everyone and can lead to procrastination or overworking. Striking a balance between work and personal life remains a challenge for many individuals.
Moreover, there is a substantial demand for part-time positions, particularly among young people responsible for caring for children and seniors. Volnamista.cz lists over 3,800 temporary positions and 2,500 freelance opportunities out of the total job listings, reflecting the diverse employment preferences of job seekers.
Article by Prague Forum
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- Hans Weber
- December 7, 2023