New Poll: Prague Is #1 Country for Working Abroad, #3 for Families

The annual Expat Insider poll has been released; the Czech Republic remains among the best nations in the world for expats

Expats.cz Staff

Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 07.09.2017 10:55:15 (updated on 07.09.2017) Reading time: 3 minutes

Jason Pirodsky

Written by Jason Pirodsky Published on 07.09.2017 10:55:15 (updated on 07.09.2017) Reading time: 3 minutes

Now in its fourth year, Expat Insider is one of the largest surveys worldwide offering an in-depth analysis of expat life across the globe. More than 12,500 respondents representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories answered the questions, providing insight into what it means to be an expat in 2017. The ranking of 65 destinations across the globe lists the best (and worst), focusing on essential topics: quality of life, ease of settling in, working abroad, family life, personal finance, and cost of living. So how did foreigners living in the Czech Republic rank their adopted home? While it still appears among the Top 15 countries for expats this year, Czechia fell one spot from #10 in 2016 to #11 in 2017.

Image: www.internations.org

Image: www.internations.org

Very few European countries cracked the Top 10, which featured Bahrain (#1) as the surprise winner for expats followed by Costa Rica, Mexico, Taiwan, Portugal, New Zealand, Malta, Colombia, Singapore, and Spain. The Czech Republic outranked a number of European countries including Netherlands (#13), Norway (#20), and Switzerland (#27) as well as the US (#43), Canada (#16), and UK (#54).

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How did Czechia score across individual categories?

The standout category for expats in the Czech Republic was Working Abroad—the nation was ranked #1 overall, placing high in the Job Security, Work-Life Balance, and Career Options sub-categories.

Image: www.internations.org

Image: www.internations.org

“Three-quarters of respondents are satisfied with their jobs, eleven percentage points more than the global average of 64%. About two in three expats (65%) also rate their career opportunities positively (global average: 53%),” report InterNations pollsters. The Czech Republic also scored high in the Family Life category (Availability of Childcare & Education, Cost of Childcare & Education, Quality of Education, Family Well-Being), coming in at #3 overall. Respondents noted that education and leisure options make the Czech Republic a great place to raise children, however, the country underperforms when it comes to friendliness towards families with kids, ranking #22 out of 45.

Image: www.internations.org

Image: www.internations.org

The Czech Republic ranked #5 overall for Quality of Life (up two spots from last year), scoring high in the sub-category of Travel & Transport and consistently scoring in the top 20 in the areas of Leisure, Personal Happiness, Health & Well Being, and Safety & Security.

For Cost of Living Czechia also scored high (#5) but in terms of personal finance proved one of the bottom-ranking countries for increasing your income, meaning that expats earn less than they would in a similar position at home.

Image: www.internations.org

Image: www.internations.org

One problematic area for the Czech Republic was reflected by the Ease of Settling index; the country scored near the bottom of the rankings in Language, Friendliness, Finding Friends, and Feeling Welcome. An interesting trend in this year’s results was the fact that for the first time since the debut of the Expat Insider survey, none of the previous year’s top three destinations led the ranking for 2017. To see the full survey visit www.internations.org/expat-insider.

Average Salaries in Prague:

Freelance Teachers and Private school Teachers

Role Min EUR Max EUR
Freelance Language Teacher 8 (per hour) 20 (per hour - business level)
Private School Teacher 750 1200

IT & Telecommunications

Role Min EUR Max EUR
IT Administration/ Operations 1400 2200
Technical Support (Team leader) 1800 2500
Development (3-5 years experience) 2000 4000
IT Consulting - ERP consultant 2200 3200

MANUFACTURING, LOGISTICS, AND ENGINEERING

Role Min KČ Max KČ
Project Management - Delivery Manager 75,000 110,000
R&D - Test Engineer 29,000 40,000
Manufacturing - Product Supervisor 23,000 40,000
Purchasing & Logistics - Transport Coordinator 29.000 36,000
Technical Sales - Support 29,000 36,000

Sales, Retail & Marketing

Role Min EUR Max EUR
Sales representative (1-3 years experience) 900 1800
Retail - Department Manager 900 1400

Banking & Financial Services

Role Min EUR Max EUR
Banking - Corporate Banker 1100 2200
Finance & Accounting - Financial Analyst 1300 1900
Tax Consultancy & Audit - Auditor (up to 3 years experience) 900 1400

Marketing

Role Min EUR Max EUR
Marketing - Online Marketing Specialist 1300 1800

Customer Service / SSC / BPO Services

Role Min EUR Max EUR
Customer Service - Order Entry Clerk with Languages 900 1100
Sales - Inbound Telesales with Languages 900 1600
Technical Support - Level 1 1100 1300
Procurement - Manager 1800 2900
HR - Payroll Practitioner 900 1300
Finance - AP Analyst 900 1000

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