Czech Republic - The search for foreign labour continues - January 31, 2017

According to the Statistical Office the number of foreigners in 2015, with 464,700 registered foreign nationals, was the highest in the country’s history. Companies in the country face a shortage of qualified workers. The government created a fast track programme aimed at increasing the influx of skilled workers from Ukraine. The idea has been criticised since there are still about 380,000 unemployed. The trade unions were cautious about the system for importing Ukrainian labour from the start and have tried to seek guarantees that imported skilled workers would get the same sort of wages as their Czech counterparts. The employers stressed the country needs foreign workers and said their lack could be a brake for future economic growth.

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