Some 1,500 trade unionists from across the Czech Republic are due to demonstrate in Prague on Tuesday to demand higher wages ahead of tripartite talks. The Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS) is due to make public its official wage demands for 2020 and highlight its long-term campaign to end “cheap labour”, ČTK reports.
Unemployment held steady at 2.7 percent in August, according to Labour
Office data published on Monday. In Prague, the unemployment rate remained
at 2 percent.
Fewer than 205,000 people in the country were seeking work last month, the lowest number for the month of August since 1996.
The overall number of jobseekers is expected to rise slightly in September, mainly due the entry into the labour market of a large number of school-leavers.
The average monthly salary in the Czech Republic, which has risen steadily
in recent months, has just passed the 34,000 crown mark, equivalent to
1,313 euros or 1,439 US dollars.
According to the Czech Statistical Office (ČSÚ), that represents a 7.2 percent increase in annual terms. In real terms, the average monthly salary grew by 4.3 percent compared to the second quarter of 2018.
However, two-thirds of full-time employees make less than 34,000 crowns, and the median salary is just 29,127 crowns, an increase of 6.9 percent.
As for salaries in the capital, Prague, the average monthly salary reached of 42,297 crowns in the second quarter of this year.
The average gross monthly wage in the Czech Republic increased by 7.2
percent to CZK 34,105 in the Q2 of this year, according to data released by
the Czech Statistics Office. In real terms, taking into account inflation,
wages increased by 4.3 percent.
However, two-thirds of employees earn less than the average wage.
The median wage in the Czech Republic was CZK 29,127, up 6.9 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. Some 80 percent of employees earned wages between CZK 14,955 and CZK 55,259.
According to the Global Slavery Index, there are currently over 30,000
people living in “modern slavery” in the Czech Republic, Czech Radio
reported on Sunday. Offenders use them mainly for seasonal work or in
The Czech Republic presently ranks 108th out of 167 countries on the Global Slavery Index. The country sentenced 16 people for human trafficking last year, according to data released by the Ministry of the Interior.
The victims are mostly people from socially disadvantaged groups and foreigners, mainly from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania or Vietnam.
Faced by an acute labour shortage, the Czech government is looking to attract more foreign workers and streamline the processing of issuing work permits. In recent years, the country has in particular turned to Ukraine to help fill the gap. The government wants to do the same for workers from EU hopefuls such as Montenegro, Moldova and Serbia, as well as India and other Asian countries.
With the economy growing and unemployment at record lows, many companies have no choice but to become more flexible in hiring. That includes setting up training courses and looking for potential employees abroad to fill IT jobs. At the same time, many Czechs are taking re-qualification courses in order to enter a sector that offers a wide variety of well-paid jobs.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic stagnated at 2.6 percent this June after
decreasingly slightly over four consecutive months, the Labour Office
announced on Tuesday.
The number of jobseekers in June fell to 195,723, a drop of about 5,000 compared to May, while the number of vacancies rose to 342,510.
The Czech unemployment rate is at its lowest level since May 1997. In Prague, it stands at 1.9 percent.
The Czech Republic’s economic growth is expected to continue at a rate of around 2.5 percent, the International Monetary Fund predicted in a press release on Thursday. Inflation is expected to go down and unemployment levels will rise. The head of the organisation also warned of the large impact that American tolls on European products would have on the Czech economy.