In Business News this week: a new green card scheme is set to make it easier for foreign workers to fill gaps in the Czech labour market; moves are planned to increase the number of part-time jobs available in the Czech Republic; Prague and Brno get new low-cost air routes; job security comes ahead of career development for most Czech workers, suggests a new survey; the strength of the crown is said to be hitting sales of crystal and costume jewellery; and food, drink and tobacco are still considerably cheaper in the Czech Republic than the EU average.
Green card scheme to help foreign workers fill gaps in Czech job market
Shortage of part-time jobs addressed in new plan
Minister Necas also made the news this week for advocating incentives that would encourage companies to create more part time jobs for the parents of young children. In concrete terms, Mr Necas wants to reduce health and social insurance payments for such firms; he said he envisaged similar advantages for companies employing over 55s and the disabled. Part-time jobs are considerably less common in the Czech Republic than in western countries.
Prague and Brno get new budget air routes
Both Prague and the Czech Republic's second city Brno are getting new budget air routes. From the autumn, Ryanair will operate flights between the Moravian capital and Barcelona, while SkyEurope has a new route between Prague and Luton near London. Meanwhile, KD Avia Airlines will this Sunday begin flying from Prague to the Russian territory of Kaliningrad.
Security more important than advancement for most Czech workers
Some 93 percent of Czech workers regard job security as an important aspect of employment, suggests a poll conducted by the CVVM agency and quoted in Hospodarske noviny. Having a job one enjoys placed second in the survey, with 91 percent. Eight-seven percent said a high salary was important. The chance of promotion and career development figured last among eight criteria in the poll, with 65 percent ticking that box.
Strength of crown hits sales of crystal, costume jewellery
The strength of the Czech crown against international currencies is having an adverse affect on sales of souvenirs to tourists visiting the Czech Republic, Lidove Noviny reported this week. Sellers of crystal and costume jewellery in particular report a marked downturn; that has been mainly blamed on a fall in the number of visitors from Japan, the paper said. Japanese tourists were for some time the highest spending visitors to the Czech Republic - that position is now occupied by Russians.
Food, drinks and tobacco cheaper in Czech Republic than EU average
Moravian-made mozzarella exported to Italy
In what may sound like a case of coals to Newcastle, a firm in Moravia has begun exporting mozzarella cheese to Italy, Mlada fronta Dnes reported. The firm Orrero, which is owned by an Italian company, produces three tonnes of its Gran Moravia mozzarella a week. It is also the Czech Republic's only producer of parmesan.