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The few months leading up to Christmas are usually a good time for temporary employment in the Czech Republic. But this year the number of job ads for temporary help has dropped by -3% in October 2012, compared to the same month last year, reveals the Czech online recruitment specialist LMC. Nevertheless, the fall is modest compared with the sharp -10% for the whole of the online job market.
Over the next five weeks, the company will be looking to hire between 5,000 and 6,000 temporary workers, primarily in Prague (38% of the total) and the Southern Moravian Region (14%). The average hourly compensation ranges between CZK80 to CZK90 (€3.00 to €3.50), however, could be as much as between CZK150 to CZK250 (€6.00 to €10.00) for instructors in winter resorts. Hourly wages in the regions are typically 10% to 20% lower than in the capital city of Prague.
In October this year, the portal Jobs.cz recorded as many as 5,992 temporary help jobs, and an extra 3,407 in the first half of November.
"The autumn season usually sees a peak in demand for temporary workers, driven by the increase in activity around Christmas markets, thus increasing the number of opportunities in the retail and trade in services and logistics."said Ondřej Mysliveček, an analyst at LMC, service portals and Jobs.cz Prace.cz.
Of all the jobs published since the beginning of October on the Jobs.cz portal, the five sectors with the highest number opportunities were administration (14.4%), services (13.2%), sales and trade (11.6%), marketing (8%) and craft and manual work (7.8 %).
Ludmila Šubrtová, HR Director DHL Supply Chain said to LMC: "During the Christmas period, the status of regular employees is increased by about 900 agency workers, which means almost half of the total number of permanent employees. Many distribution centres run on multiple shifts, some are in operation during the Christmas holidays. The largest increase is in fashion and toys. Christmas season starts on most products in August and culminates before Christmas. "
LMC ltd is an HR consultancy and online recruitment expert based in the Czech Republic. The company manages the job boards Job.cz and Prace.cz.