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Poll: Half of Czechs in productive age fear loss of job

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Prague, June 1 (CTK) – Fifty-four percent of Czechs in their productive age are afraid of losing their jobs, a poll the STEM agency conducted in May and released on Wednesday has shown.

If faced by unemployment, three quarters of Czechs would be ready to work in another professional branch than their original one, but only two fifths would move to another region because of work, the poll showed.

The unemployment rate in the Czech Republic stood at 5.7 percent in April. The number of unemployed people was the lowest since 2009 and the number of vacancies was the highest in April since 2008.

“Since 2013, when people’s fears of unemployment culminated, the share of those who are afraid of losing their jobs has been slightly decreasing,” STEM said.

The current data correspond to those preceding the economic crisis in 2009, it said.

Women fear a loss of job more than men. Unemployment is also increasingly feared by people with lower education and manual workers, the poll showed.

Faced by unemployment, three quarters of people would accept other profession than the one they were trained for, while 72 percent would come to terms with a lower salary, the poll showed.

Forty-one percent of the respondents showed willingness to move to another region.

People’s willingness to work for less money has been slowly decreasing since 2013, but their willingness to work in another profession has fallen by as many as 14 percent.

“People’s willingness to move because of work remains the same as in the past years. Workforce mobility remains the same, relatively low,” STEM said.

STEM conducted the poll on 1,292 people on May 4-13.

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