Low unemployment rate boosting occupational labour mobility
Labour mobility has never been high in the Czech Republic, be it geographic or occupational. Most Czechs are unwilling to commute long distances or move house for a better job and they have three to four different employers in the course of their working life. However according to data from Czech labour offices the situation is now gradually changing.
The main reason behind this revitalization on the job market is widespread discontent with salaries. According to a survey conducted by the STEM/MARK agency 50 percent of Czechs believe that they are underpaid, but the vast majority of them are afraid to ask their boss for a raise. Of those who did, only 7 percent got it, the rest were either turned away or were given a symbolic raise that was nowhere near their expectations. The solution is a change of employer and more people are now willing to take the plunge. Also companies looking for qualified workers are more willing to listen to their demands and offer better money and extra perks.
The number of people willing to move to a different part of the country for a better job is still very low, and people willing to do so usually take work abroad on a temporary basis. The government is now considering ways of revitalizing geographic mobility, at least to some extent, by encouraging people to commute to work by covering part of their travel expenditures.