Earlier we have told you how much money you need for the first year of studying and living in the Czech Republic (before arrival, after arrival). The money you will spend on preparatory courses is not an expense, it is an investment. The success stories of our graduates in after-graduation employment serve like a proof of this. In this article, we will try to calculate how long it will take you to get the money spent on a preparatory course at ÚJOP back (spoiler – less than a year).
Today, the annual preparatory course costs 5940 euros. The amount is impressive. Let’s take a look at the earnings prospects.
Carefully studying the vacancies website
One of the most popular job websites is the Jobs.cz portal. In the screenshot, we have translated the key navigation points
We are particularly interested in the Absolventi button – there you can find vacancies that are suitable for those who have just graduated or are about to graduate from a university and do not have any work experience yet. A list of vacancies will appear in a new window. We will narrow it down so that they are suitable specifically for university graduates. To do this, in the following menu we will select:
- Typ úvazku/Type of employment – Plný úvazek/Full-time employment
- Vzdělání/Education – VŠ/University
- Zadavatel/Job source – Přímý zaměstnavatel/Direct from the employer
- Vhodné i pro/Also suitable for – Absolventi/Graduates
At the moment this article was written, there were 932 offers left to choose from. In some of them, the pre-tax salary is indicated – to find them you need to look for the vacancies that have numbers highlighted with green. Like this one, for example:
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What are the salaries offered on the first two pages of our selection? The search results are shown according to the time they were uploaded to the website
- Obchodní zástupce (Nj) – Trade Representative (with knowledge of German) – from 50,000 crowns
- Sociální pracovník – Social worker – from 28,000 crowns
- Učitel/učitelka 1. stupně – Primary school teacher – from 32,000 crowns
- Projektant pozemních staveb – Building designer – from 30,000 crowns
- Učitele/ku elektrotechniky, automatizace a strojírenství – Electrical engineering, automation and mechanical engineering teacher – from 30,000 CZK
- Finanční analytik / analytička – Financial analysts – from 30,000 crowns
- Učitel-učitelka – Teacher – from 32 170 crowns
- Lékař/ka s možností náborového příspěvku – Doctor with the possibility of recruitment allowance – from 36,770 crowns
- Elektronik specialista pro vývoj senzorů – Electronics specialist for sensors development – from 30,000 crowns
- Projektant – statik – Civil engineer – from 25,000 crowns
- Projektant/projektantka mostů a inženýrských konstrukcí – Designer of bridges and engineering constructions – from 35,000 crowns
As we can see, the approximate average salary is 30,000 crowns, that is, about 1,100 euros per month. Thus, according to data on vacancies at Jobs.cz, an annual preparatory course can pay off in six months, and the costs of the entire first year of living in the Czech Republic (Read the article “How much money you need for the first year of living in the Czech Republic”) – in about a year.
What if we focus on statistics?
According to Platy.cz, the average pre-tax salary in the Czech Republic is 36 thousand crowns. Of course, this is an unreliable reference point, since the average salary is calculated as follows: all the salaries of all possible positions – from top managers to low-qualified ones are added up. Denník.cz has compared the lowest and the highest salaries:
The lowest paid jobs in the Czech Republic
|Vrátný/doorman||16 710 crowns / 645,41 euros|
|Šička/ seamstress||17 766 crowns / 686,20 euros|
|Pracovník bezpečnostní služby/security service worker||17 900 crowns / 691,38 euros|
|Střihač textilu/textile cutter||18 233 crowns / 704,24 euros|
|Uklízečka/cleaning lady||18 556 crowns / 716,71 euros|
|Pomocná síla do kuchyně/kitchen assistant||18 669 crowns / 721,08 euros|
|Au-pair||18 791 crowns / 725,79 euros|
|Pracovník pohřební služby/funeral service worker||19 143 crowns / 739,39 euros|
|Obuvník/shoemaker||19 173 crowns / 740,55 euros|
|Krejčí/tailor||19 346 crowns / 747,23 euros|
The highest paid jobs in the Czech Republic
|Generální ředitel/general manager||161 899 crowns|
|Country manager||145 445 crowns|
|Ředitel IT/ IT director||132 573 crowns|
|Ekonomický/finanční ředitel/financial director||106 722 crowns|
|Obchodní ředitel/business manager||103 640 crowns|
|Marketingový ředitel/marketing director||100 486 crowns|
|IT architekt/ IT architect||93 889 crowns|
|Ředitel logistiky/logistics Director||93 323 crowns|
|Pilot/pilot||92 182 crowns|
Minimum salary in the Czech Republic
If the average salary gives us only a general idea of the earning opportunities in the Czech Republic. There is another, more illustrative factor that we can apply. This is the minimum salary – according to the law of the Czech Republic, you cannot pay less than 15,200 crowns (587.09 euros) pre-tax. If we imagine a hypothetical situation that a university graduate, for some reason, is getting the minimum salary, the course will pay off in 10 months.
In any case, when applying for a job, our graduates pay off their investment in the cost of the course in about a year. Later, it is only their profit, which they receive from investments in preparing for studying at a Czech university and from the time spent obtaining free quality higher education in the Czech Republic.