Despite the Czech school system maintaining a relatively strong position in international testing, the ratio of what the country’s teachers earn in comparison to other university graduates is among the lowest in the OECD. The government’s manifesto promises to increase the amount of investment in schooling, but it will likely be a long time before the effects become evident.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic dropped to 2.8 percent in October, which
is the lowest point since June 1997, the Czech Labour Office announced on
The number of people without work was around 215.622, while the number of vacancies grew to nearly 316,900. Last October, unemployment stood at 3.6 percent.
Meanwhile, the number of long-term unemployed dropped by 7.6 percent year-on-year, to 29.9 percent (of the total number of unemployed).
Trade unions have launched a campaign to prevent a 2016 law banning larges
stores from operating on certain public holidays from being amended.
Some 80,000 retail workers and supporters of the law have taken to wearing green bracelets with the inscription “Don’t take away our holidays”.
Currently, stores with a retail space of over 200 square metres must be closed on New Year’s Eve, Easter Monday, Victory in Europe Day, St. Wenceslas Day and Czech Independence Day. On Christmas Eve, they can operate only until noon, and must be closed on December 25 and 26.
The Czech Trade Inspection oversees compliance with the ban, which does not apply to pharmacies, petrol stations, and shops at airports, railway stations and in hospitals.
Women in the Czech Republic earn on average 80,000 crowns less per year
than men do, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová told a
news conference convened ahead of European Equal Pay Day.
"The difference in pay for women and men is 22 percent and the second highest in the entire European Union,” she said, calling fair remuneration for women and men "a crucial economic issue".
The gap is wider in the Czech private sector than in the public sector, she said. In the EU, on average women are paid 16 percent less than men, according to Eurostat.
The number of long-term unemployed in the Czech Republic continues to drop,
according to data released by the Czech Statistics Office on Thursday.
The number of Czechs who have been unemployed for more than a year has dropped over the past year to 29.9 percent (of the total number of unemployed). Last year, that figure stood at 37.5 percent.
In September, labour offices around the country registered 67,093 people who have been unemployed for more than twelve months. The total number of unemployed dropped to three percent in September, which is the lowest figure for that month since 1996.
Only 15 percent of Czechs are involved in unpaid volunteer activities –
the lowest percentage among 34 countries surveyed in the latest Workmonitor
Global Survey by the staffing advisory company Randstad.
Alžběta Honsová, marketing manager at Randstad's local branch, said 51 percent of Czechs consider volunteer work to be important and 67 percent of them say they would volunteer if given paid leave from their jobs to do so.
Forty-one percent of Czechs surveyed said their employer actively supports at least one charity initiative, but only 7 percent were given paid leave to volunteer for a charity activity or organisation.
Unemployment in Prague fell to 2.1 percent in September, down 0.1
percentage points compared to August.
The Czech capital has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate among the regions, after those of Pardubice (at 1.9 percent) and Pilsen and South Bohemia (both at 2 percent).
The Moravian-Silesian Region has the highest rate of unemployment (at 4.6 percent) followed by the Ústí nad Labem region (at 4.5 percent).
That national unemployment rate is currently under 3 percent, the lowest level in 22 years.
Unemployment dropped slightly in September, according to a poll of analysts
by the Czech News Agency. Official statistics from the Labour Office show
unemployment stood at 3.1 percent in August.
The consensus among analysts is unemployment dropped a further 0.1 percent last month due to regular seasonal factors, namely an increase in hiring after the summer months. The Labour Office is due to publish official figures on October 8.
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