Across Europe a wealth of new jobs will be created this year in the private sector, but the picture is not so positive in the Czech Republic, says PwC survey

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10 January 2011 – Almost a quarter (23%) of European firms expect to increase headcount this year, but just 14% of Czech businesses share that outlook.  Additionally, according to this PwC survey of 800 HR Directors headcount is expected to be reduced in just 11% of businesses across Europe but Czech is again on the wrong side of the curve with 16% of businesses expecting to reduce headcount.

Will Schofield, leading partner in Human Resource Services at PwC, Czech Republic commented:

“While the trend across the whole of Europe is positive, the news from the Czech Republic continues to be discouraging.  With the number of businesses expecting to decrease headcount exceeding those looking to grow their numbers we can expect unemployment to stay at its current level, if not increase during 2011.  Just over half of those businesses looking to increase their headcount are merely looking to make up for the numbers lost during the downturn.

Despite the fact that the labour market in Czech continues to be challenging, developing and retaining talent is identified as the top issue that HR departments will be addressing this year. This is especially so because the loyalty of many workers will have been severely tested during the last two years, and will be challenged further when the job market does eventually pick up.  Identifying how best to reward and motivate these individuals should be the top priority, but will remain challenging given budgetary constraints in many businesses.  Because of this some 62% of businesses in Czech are turning to non-financial rewards to retain their talent with the most popular approaches being an expansion of job requirements and projects talent are working on as well as flexible working arrangements.”

Finding the right people to fill new positions also looks likely to prove difficult across Europe, with skills shortages representing the greatest challenge for 46% of respondents, making it the top HR concern.  Not surprisingly the picture in Czech is somewhat different with skills shortages being cited by just 34% of businesses as the top concern.

Will Schofield, leading partner in Human Resource Services at PwC, Czech Republic commented:

“Skills shortages are cited across almost the whole of Europe, including Czech, as the top concern for HR when it comes to improving their talent base.   However, there is a real mixture in the extent of that concern.  In Czech, just 34% of respondents placed this as their top concern, compared to 70% in Belgium, 53% in the UK and a European average of 46%.  This is likely to be a reflection of the softer employment market in the Czech Republic compared to other European countries.  Only 18% of respondents in Czech, compared to a European average of 27% cited the constraints on reward as a top concern for improving their talent base, reflecting not only the continued pressure on budgets but also a lower level of competition in the job market.   Of almost as much concern in Czech as constraint on reward are the challenges of global mobility, with 14% of the HR directors citing it as their top concern for improving their talent base.  Ensuring staff can easily be deployed internationally is becoming an ever increasing business imperative as companies extend their global reach.



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