In most cases, the formalities relating to expats working in the Czech Republic will be taken care of by an employer. Following information is meant for those who are on their own, either looking for a job or applying for a work permit.
Foreigners from any EU country don’t need a work permit. They can start working immediately (employers only have to send an infocard to the Labour office).
If you wish to work in the Czech Republic as an employee, and are not an EU citizen, you must obtain a work permit (“povolení k zaměstnání”) followed by a visa issued for the purpose of employment, or have a long-term residence permit.
The place to go to apply for the work permit is the Labour Office of the Czech Republic (Úřad práce České republiky). In Brno the main office is at Polní 37. The application has to specify the potential employer, the job position, the place of work, and the length of time the job will last. Obtaining the work permit is described in depth on the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs’ website.
Most typically your work permit will be combined with a residence card in a so called dual employee card. For high skilled and high income professionals there is an option for an EU recognized residency permit. Blue cards are issued in connection with positions requiring university education and offering 1,5 times the Czech average income. Such positions are listed a special registry of the Labour Office.
Finding a job
There is a steady increase in opportunities for foreigners in the city, driven by growing numbers of international companies (particularly in the IT and outsourcing sectors), new research centres being built by city’s main universities and an increased demand for qualified language teachers (in particular of English) at the city’s language schools.
There is no central registry you can go to learn about job openings in Brno. Perhaps the most comprihensive is the English version of jobs.cz server (search for South Moravian Region). Local, national and international recruitment agencies can be accessed online (such as Grafton, Manpower, Monster or our referral programme members Hays – contact Lucie Žáková at firstname.lastname@example.org, AC Jobs – contact Denisa Ondrušová at email@example.com or Jobspin – contact Kateřina Kukrechtová at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Researchers can take advantage of the Euraxess network to look for local jobs; both the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) and Masaryk University have English-language job offers on their website.
Clicking the logos / names of major employers that hire international professionals in Brno will take you to their job listings.
For more tips on job search you can download the infosheet on working and finding a job. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, send us an inquiry.