The Czech Republic has the highest number of job vacancies in the European
Union, according to figures released by Eurostat on Monday.
According to quarterly data on the ratio of job vacancies and the number of occupied posts, the Czech Republic had 5.4 percent unoccupied positions compared to the EU average of 2.2 percent.
A year ago the Czech Republic had 3.6 percent unoccupied positions. It is followed by Belgium (3.5 percent), The Netherlands (3.1 percent) and Germany (2.9 percent).
Government officials, employers and trade union leaders on Friday approved
the priorities outlined in the government’s draft budget for 2019.
The Finance Ministry has proposed a state budget with a 40 billion crown deficit, that envisages a hike in public sector wages, higher pensions and more money for investments.
The government aims to scrap 1300 jobs in public administration, which should save around 3.4 billion crowns.
On Monday, the minister of labour and social affairs called for a wide-ranging interdepartmental effort to sort out the issue of rogue landlords preying on families living in socially excluded localities. A list of 15 specific measures will act as a common thread in the preparation of a series of government proposals aimed at limiting the poverty trade business.
The Czech Republic’s trade unions in health care are set to hold talks with the health minister this week. They have rejected his offer of a five-percent pay rise and insist on a blanket salary increase of 10 percent. If their demands are not met, they are ready to call on doctors and nurses to stop doing over-time.
The Czech unemployment rate stood at 3.1 percent in August, the Czech Labour office reported on Monday. The number of job seekers reached 230,490, which is the lowest figure for the month since the year 1997. The number of vacancies increased slightly to 313.000. Last August the unemployment rate was at four percent.
The Czech Minister of Health, Adam Vojtěch, is against a blanket pay rise
for employees in the health sector. He made the statement in a debate on
Czech Television on Sunday.
The country’s health and social care unions have been pushing for a 10-percent pay rise, but according to Dagmar Žitníková, the head of the umbrella organization of health and social services employees, there is still space for negotiation. The union committee is set to meet on Monday to further debate the issue.
Meanwhile, the head of the Czech Doctors’ Union, Martin Engel, said they will continue to insists on the 10-percent salary hike for doctors.
Some 15 percent of Czech employees changed jobs in the past six months,
according to a survey carried out by the recruitment agency Randstadt.
A quarter of Czechs are considering finding a new employment or are actively searching for it, which is five percent more than in the previous six months. People employed agriculture, forestry, hospitality and catering changed jobs were most willing to change jobs.
The study also suggest that 62 percent of Czech employees are happy with their current employer, while ten percent are dissatisfied.
Secondary-school graduates in the Czech Republic earn about one third more during their lifetimes than do graduates of vocational schools and about 60 percent more than people with basic education, suggests a new study carried out by the Czech Republic’s Agency for Social Inclusion, quoted by the daily Mladá Fronta dnes.