Jobs in HR, law and administration – developments, trends and salaries

Jobs in HR, law and administration – developments, trends and salaries

While legal experts can be certain of finding employment at practically any time, the sector of Human Resources is currently undergoing extraordinary development. Graduates of psychology, pedagogics or andragogy and other humanistic branches, who have difficulties finding employment in their specialisations, will be able to find employment in this sector. Administrative positions are a sure bet, because all companies need capable payroll accountants or assistants. Read about what you can expect in this segment.

Number of graduates in the sectors of psychology, law and administration

  • University students are traditionally most interested in social sciences, commerce and law, sectors from which most applicants for administrative, legal and HR positions are also recruited. In 2013 over 120,000 people studied in these sectors - 32 % of all university students, a field in which women dominate. Compared to 2001 this number increased by nearly 2.5 times, which indicates rapidly growing competition among these graduates on the employment market today and in the future.
  • According to the most recent statistics by the Czech Statistical Office, a total of 2,780 students graduated from faculties of law.
  • However, there were over 12,000 graduates in psychology and pedagogy in 2014!
  • Nearly 1/3 of women seek jobs in administration, they are most frequently interested in the position of secretary or assistant and this frequently concerns university-educated candidates – graduates and also applicants with many years of experience.
  • Up to 10% of applicants for a job in administration are interested in the position of “human resources officer”.
  • Approximately 25% of all employees throughout the Czech Republic and Prague work in lower administrative positions.

TOP 5 employers in HR, law and administration

  • Czech Republic state administration
  • Stock exchange
  • Banking houses – e.g. Česká exportní banka, a.s., Komerční banka, a.s. etc.
  • Law offices – e.g. Havel, Holásek & Partners s.r.o., Peterka & Partners. v.o.s. etc.
  • British American Tobacco (Czech Republic), s.r.o.

Demand by employers

  • Experienced solicitors with at least 2 years experience in a law office are most in demand. expect the requirement of 3-5 years experience for a job as a corporate (so-called in-house) solicitor. 
  • There is also great demand for solicitors with less experience (graduates) among real estate agencies for example, where they are needed for preparing sales contracts and related legal actions.
  • In the field of administration there is most demand for candidates who have an economic secondary school education with good computer skills – employers particularly appreciate excellent knowledge of MS Office programs, particularly advanced Excel skills.
  • English language skills are an advantage.
  • The most frequently appointed positions are receptionist, personal assistant, team assistant and office manager. Approximately 1/3 of the advertised administrative positions are for substitution during maternal leave and, according to statistics, up to 20 candidates have to vie for 1 administrative position.
  • In the HR sector we now more frequently encounter offers for a limited period, because companies realise projects concerning mass recruitment or changes to HR processes. On the contrary, there are fewer and fewer positions in the sector of education, training and coaching.

TOP 5 positions listed by the Grafton Recruitment Agency

  • Receptionist
  • Assistant
  • Office manager
  • HR specialist
  • HR generalist
  • HR manager
  • HR business partner
  • Trainee solicitor
  • Attorney
  • Solicitor (in-house)

Development of salaries in HR, law and administration

A survey by the Grafton Recruitment Agency in the sector of HR, law and administration revealed several trends:

  • Salaries of administrative employees are up to CZK 5,000 higher in international companies than in domestic companies. This may also be because of the requirement for foreign language skills.
  • In the field of legal positions, salaries have still not recovered from the slump in recent years and remain on the same level. In relation to lawyers and solicitors the employment market seems to be saturated.
  • Compared to 2013, HR specialists are worse off at the higher end of their salary range by approximately CZK 5,000 in Prague, and even by CZK 10,000 in Brno, with salaries falling to around CZK 40,000.
  • Salaries of personal assistants with less experience and receptionists have remained the same – they still range around CZK 23,000 to CZK 30,000 per month.

Are you interested in a career in the sector of human resources, law and administration? Look at the current job offers listed by the Grafton Recruitment Agency. Increase your chances of success in an interview thanks to tips from our career zone and don’t hesitate to contact our experienced consultants, who will help find the ideal position for you.