The German-based discount chain Lidl, has announced plans to significantly
increase starting salaries of its employees in the Czech Republic.
As of March, the average starting wage for cashiers in Lidl supermarkets will increase by nearly a quarter to 28,000 crowns. Prague will offer slightly higher salaries than the rest of the country, starting at more than 29,000 crowns.
The average gross wage in the Czech Republic currently stands at 29.050 crowns.
Klára Skřivánková is UK and Europe Programme Manager for Anti-Slavery International, which describes itself as the world’s oldest human rights organisation. Skřivánková is an expert on human trafficking and frequently gives court testimony in modern slavery cases. When we spoke at Anti-Slavery’s offices in London, the conversation took in various forms of modern slavery, what can be done to combat it and what companies should do if they discover forced labour in their supply chains.
Unions at the Czech Republic’s biggest car maker, Škoda Auto, have
tabled a demand for pay rises this year of 18 percent.
They have asked for a 14 percent increase in the basic wage and a further 4.0 percent rise related to personal evaluations. Unions are also seeking to repeat last year’s practice where two special one off payments totalling around 90,000 crowns. The average wage for a car worker last year was around 40,000 crowns a month.
A new deal should be in place by April 1 to cover the following 12 months. Škoda Auto employs around 30,000 people at its three Czech plants.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic rose in December following a four-month decline, going from 3.5 in November to 3.8 percent. The figure was released on Tuesday by the Czech Labour Office and, despite the rise, is the lowest for the period of December in 20 years. In all, some 280,000 people job seekers were registered.
Czech unemployment rose in December to 3.8 percent after four months of
decline, according to the data released by Czech Labour Office on Tuesday.
The figure stood at just over 280,000.
Despite the rise, it is still the lowest December figure since 1997. In December 2016, Czech unemployment stood at 5.2 percent. The number of vacancies increased in December to nearly 217,000, which is almost 3,000 more in November.