Czech Republic - Widening the scope for labour recruitment abroad - May 31, 2016

Last month we reported about NGO-research that showed that the status of migrant workers, poor language skills and lack of information about the country’s labour code make migrant workers vulnerable to potential abuse on the labour market. Mid-2015, the government launched a pilot programme to attract foreigners, primarily from Ukraine, by speeding up the visa application process. The emphasis was originally on skilled jobs such as IT; it turns out that what some companies need more is to fill vacancies for manual and factory jobs. Firms are putting pressure on the government to take steps to ease the procedure. One of the proposals is lowering the minimum wages that employers will have to offer the new recruits from Ukraine.

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