The Czech government needs to invest hundreds of billions of crowns to shore up the economy, with the crucial auto industry particularly vulnerable. Measures being taken now will alleviate the unemployment that will inevitably follow the coronavirus crisis. And the weak crown is of no benefit to exporters if they aren’t producing anything. So says the vice president of the Czech Confederation of Industry, Radek Špicar, who I spoke to late last week.
Among the many coronavirus measures introduced by the Czech government is a “kurzarbeit”, or short-time working, programme. Under the scheme the state will make up some of the income lost by employees whose work is reduced by factory outages, helping firms avoid redundancies. The idea has received widespread backing, including from the Czech Confederation of Trade Unions, headed by Josef Středula. I discussed it – and the outlook in general – with the unions chief.
What is the position of Czech women on the labour market? How big a slice of the female population is employed and what is their share in the technology industry? Those are some of the factors taken into account in compiling the Women in Work Index which compares conditions for women on the labour market across the OECD. The Czech Republic has done well in the latest report, jumping from 23 to 19th place on the ladder, largely due to the country’s record low unemployment. However one indicator is keeping the country back – the gender pay gap, which
The average gross monthly salary in the Czech Republic increased by 6.7
precent in the last quarter of this year to 36,144, according to data
released by the Czech tatistics Office on Friday.
In real terms, taking into account inflation, wages increased by 3,6 percent. However, two thirds of Czech employees earn less than the average wage. The median wage, a midway between the highest and the lowest levels, was CZK 31, 202, up by 6.6 percent compared to the same period last year.
Some 80 percent of employees earned wages between CZK 15, 365 and CZK 58,398.As for salaries in the capital, Prague, the average monthly wage reached CZK 44,237 crowns in the last quarter of 2019.
Two high ranking civil servants, arrested as suspects, during Monday’s
police raid at the Ministry of Labour and Social affairs have been released
from custody, but charges against them remain, Czech Television reports.
Deputy Minister Jan Baláč and the head of the ministry’s cybersecurity department Karel Macek are both suspected of manipulating public tenders and have been suspended.
Monday’s police raid saw the police gather evidence at the ministry for a case concerned with a contract for new information systems at the labour ministry worth some CZK 250 million, according to news site Lidovky.cz. Both men could face up to 12 years in jail if found guilty.
Prime Minister Andrej Babis says he will demand an explanation on the circumstances that led to the raid from Labour Minister Jana Maláčová.
Over 20 percent of Czech employees changed their job over the past six months, and more than a fifth are considering finding new employment or are actively searching for it, according to a global survey Workmonitor carried out by the recruitment agency Randstad. The survey also suggests that 65 percent of Czech employees are happy with their current employer.
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