The Czech Republic is one of the countries with the largest gender pay gap in the EU. On average, women earn a fifth less than men, and the annual difference exceeds one month's earnings. In an effort to combat this discrimination, the Ministry of Labour has launched a project called “22% to equality”, in reference to the difference in female and male incomes. The project involves comprehensive research, but also a web payroll calculator or an “equal pay program” for employers.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) has said the planned teachers’ strike
over salaries on Wednesday is unwarranted and the government will not
respond to it.
Teacher unions last week announced plans for the all-day strike after their demands for a 10 percent salary increase was not met. Babiš and Minister of Education Robert Plaga (ANO) had offered an 8 percent raise.
Over 6,000 schools, nearly 60 percent, have so far confirmed that they will take part in the strike on Wednesday, the unions said, while others will display a logo signifying their support.
The average monthly gross salary of a teacher was around 36,200 crowns in the first quarter of 2019 while the national average stood at 32,466 crowns. The unions have been pushing to raise teachers' salaries to 130 percent of the average.
Over 50 percent of Czech employees are willing to move for work. According to a new survey carried out by employment agency Randstadt, 52 percent of Czechs would consider moving even to a foreign country in view of a better career growth or a more balanced personal and work life. Nevertheless, Czechs’ readiness to work abroad is still considerably lower than in the neighbouring countries.
Teaching trade unions have asked for a meeting with Prime Minister Andrej
Babiš about their planned January salary increase and remain on strike
alert, the Czech News Agency reported on Monday.
The unions originally wanted a 15 percent increase to their salaries as opposed to the government’s planned 10 percent pay rise, but have since agreed to the percentage proposed by the latter. The issue now revolves around how the extra pay should be handed out.
The unions have so far not commented on a new proposal by Education Minister Robert Plaga from the ANO party, which would see a flat pay increase of CZK 2,700 with a further CZK 900 available in bonuses.
The government previously promised to increase teachers’ salaries by 150 percent of their 2017 wages by the end of the current election term.
More than a quarter of Czechs developed their computer skills last year,
with self-study being the most popular method, according to an analysis by
the Czech Statistics Office released on Monday. The country ranks sixth in
the EU28, eight points ahead of the average score, which lies at 20
percent. Finland dominates the ranking with 64 percent of its population
between the ages of 16 to 74 improving their computer skills.
In the Czech Republic the percentage of those cultivating their information and communication technology skills depends on the age group. Among16 to 24-year-olds it is every second individual.
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