Average Wage and Unemployment Increase in Third Quarter of 2020

In Q3 of 2020, the average wage in the Czech Republic exceeded CZK 35,400, an increase of 5% year-on-year, reported the Czech Statistical Office in December. Photo credit: KB / BD.

Czech Rep., Dec 10 (BD) – The average wage in the Czech Republic rose by 5.1% year-on-year in nominal terms and 1.7% in real terms (adjusted for inflation). The median wage was CZK 31,183.

80% of employees were earning between CZK 16,612 and CZK 55,089 per month.

However, the number of unemployed is also growing. The Czech Labor Office reported that more than 270,000 people were out of work.

The figures that best describe the course of this year’s crisis are of hours worked. There were significantly bigger declines in hours worked among the self-employed. The average number of hours worked fell the most in April (by 31%, year-on-year). The situation began to stabilize from May.

Chart: Hours worked per week in main employment compared to the same period of the previous year. Source: CZSO, 12-2020.

According to December figures from the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO), women’s average income rose by almost twice that of men in the third quarter of 2020. “However, men still had a significantly higher wage level. Women had an upper decile of CZK 48,992 and men CZK 60,908, which is 24% higher,” said Dalibor Holý, Director of the Labor Market and Equal Opportunities Statistics Department of the CZSO.

Regions Report Higher Wage Increase Than Capital

In Prague, the average wage did not increase much in nominal terms, only slightly above the level of inflation (3.5%). The highest increases in regional wages were reported in Olomouc (6.4%), South Moravia (6.3%), Ústí nad Labem (6.2%) and Pardubice (6.0%).

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