The pace of yearly average gross wage rises speeded up in the last quarter
of 2017 to 8.0 percent, the Czech Statistical Office announced on Friday.
In real terms, discounting inflation, the rise was 5.3 percent. The average gross monthly wage was 31,646 crowns.
Average monthly wages for the whole of 2017 rose by 7.0 percent to 29,504 crowns.
The median wage, the level at which most people are earning removing part of the distortion from high earners, in the last quarter rose by 8.9 percent to 27,320 crowns.
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.
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