2022 was a challenging year for both professionals and businesses. Employees had to adapt to new ways of working while also being concerned for their health during the pandemic. Job security was also a worry during Covid, with a number of professionals in the country being made redundant. Due to the current cost-of-living crisis, these concerns have become a key focus for many again, and we may see even fewer professionals willing to leave their jobs this year, with the risk of being ‘last in, first out’. This will further exacerbate the current talent shortage felt across the Czech Republic.
The turbulent economic effects of the past few years will still be with us in 2023. Of course, we are all hopeful the country will regain some stability and start to see some growth. The key is to ensure your business model is agile and responsive to the changing market and employee needs, and to ensure you are attracting and retaining talent that can help your business flourish.
Organisations have been struggling to find the talent they need through traditional sourcing methods this year, as there are fewer professionals actively seeking employment. Here are some top tips to attract and retain talent this year:
Streamline your recruitment process
Due to limited talent pools, employers should look to minimise the number of stages within their recruitment process. An unnecessarily long process will most likely lead to your potential hire dropping out and accepting an offer elsewhere. Talented professionals have their pick of roles – so if they are right for your business, you need to act fast.
Be flexible with requirements
We have noticed recently that some hiring managers are less concerned with industry experience and technical skills than they once were, and many are being more flexible with their requirements. There are many professionals with transferable skills that can be trained in-house. Similarly, hiring junior professionals and providing them with training and development opportunities is a great way to access more talent.
Look for people with good communication skills who collaborate well, have good problem-solving skills, are quick to adapt and, above all, have the ability to learn new things in a constantly changing environment.
Offer meaningful benefits
Employers need to ensure they are offering employees the benefits they actually want. There is no point spending money on rewards such as company mobile phones if no one wants them, as it does not add value to your offering. Instead, consider benefits that will meaningfully improve your employees’ lives.
Many people across the country are still experiencing challenges with their mental health because of the societal, economic and political turbulence of recent years. Employers who can offer progressive mental health and wellbeing policies, flexible working opportunities, and a good company culture will be in a better position to secure the best professionals this year.
To help inform our 2023 salary guide, we surveyed 433 professionals in the Czech Republic to find out what benefits they receive and what benefits are the most desirable when/if they are looking for a new job. The top-three most desirable benefits were an annual salary increment, with 60% naming this their top benefit, flexible working hours (54%) and a four-day working week (47%). Those that can offer these will be in the best position to attract and retain talent this year.
Offer a competitive salary
Offering a competitive salary is vital in today’s economic climate. While many businesses are struggling to manage their own costs, they are also having to increase pay to attract the talent they need to help their business grow. By ensuring your salaries match up with the average, you will have an advantage in the labour market. This will become even more important as the cost of living continues to rise and professionals demand higher pay as a result.
To find the average salaries for the most common job roles across multiple sectors, download our 2023 Czech Republic salary guide today.