Emergence, Development and Resistance: The Temporary Staffing Industry in the Czech Republic

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Temporary agency work in the Czech Republic has grown significantly since legalisation of the sector in 2004. With around 200,000 temporary agency workers, and 1,500 temporary staffing agencies by 2013, the Czech Republic represents the second largest market for temporary agency work in Central Eastern Europe, behind only Poland. This paper charts the development of the temporary staffing industry in the Czech Republic, and examines the roles of key institutions involved. The research utilises interviews to map key stakeholders across the industry to illustrate how the expansion of the industry has been both facilitated and hindered by activities of different stakeholders to form a distinct Czech variety of national temporary staffing industry. In doing so this paper provides insights into the features of the temporary staffing industry in the Czech Republic and the factors which are both driving its development and hindering its growth. The key findings in this paper illuminate a conflict in the Czech temporary staffing industry where agencies have sought to expand but face resistance from regulatory conditions and trade unions which may in turn hinder its future development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-44
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe
Issue number1
Early online date1 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017


Bibliographical note

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe on 1 September 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0965156X.2016.1219160


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)


  • employment
  • temporary agency work
  • Czech Republic

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