Employment survey: Ukrainian refugees are mainly interested in short-term jobs

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Jiří Halbrštát |  Photo: Manpower Group

Despite a large number of Ukrainian refugees with high qualifications, those who want to find a job in the Czech Republic are mainly looking for employment in manual labor and short-term work opportunities, according to Jiří Halbrštát, marketing director of ManpowerGroup. He explained that this was due to the fact that people fleeing the conflict in Ukraine only intended to stay in the Czech Republic temporarily. The professional from the recruitment firm expects that, within a few weeks, some of them will also find work in the gastronomy, service, administration and IT sectors.

Sándor Bodnár, director of the Czech branch of international recruitment agency Hays, told ČTK that one of the reasons refugees look for manual jobs is that the application process tends to be faster in this field. of work. He expects the process of hiring Ukrainians in the Czech Republic to be accelerated thanks to a new legislative package which could be adopted as early as next week.




Jitka Součkova |  Photo: Grafton Recruitment

Traditionally, Ukrainians tend to be employed in industries ranging from manufacturing and logistics to construction, Grafton Recruitment marketing director Jitka Součková told ČTK. These are also jobs where demand has long exceeded supply, especially when it comes to positions such as welders, locksmiths, electricians and painters. She said Ukrainian refugees will now be able to find employment mainly in manufacturing and logistics, especially in positions where Czech is not required.

Meanwhile, refugees who speak good English could also find jobs in other sectors, ranging from IT to finance and human resources, the president of the Association of Heads of Business Services says. , Jonathan Appleton, to the Czech Press Agency. He said these jobs can often be done from home, which could be helpful for refugee mothers with children.




Photo: René Volfik, iROZHLAS.cz

According to the Czech Chamber of Commerce, employers mainly offer jobs to women in the warehousing, catering and service sectors. However, they can also find employment in less physically demanding tasks in the construction industry.

The biggest challenge for refugees currently seeking employment is the fact that their temporary accommodation is often located far from potential employment centres.

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