Unemployment in Prague fell to 2.1 percent in September, down 0.1
percentage points compared to August.
The Czech capital has the fourth-lowest unemployment rate among the regions, after those of Pardubice (at 1.9 percent) and Pilsen and South Bohemia (both at 2 percent).
The Moravian-Silesian Region has the highest rate of unemployment (at 4.6 percent) followed by the Ústí nad Labem region (at 4.5 percent).
That national unemployment rate is currently under 3 percent, the lowest level in 22 years.
Unemployment dropped slightly in September, according to a poll of analysts
by the Czech News Agency. Official statistics from the Labour Office show
unemployment stood at 3.1 percent in August.
The consensus among analysts is unemployment dropped a further 0.1 percent last month due to regular seasonal factors, namely an increase in hiring after the summer months. The Labour Office is due to publish official figures on October 8.
The coalition parties ANO and the Social Democrats agreed on Monday that
the first three days of sick leave will be financially compensated as of
July next year.
Under the present legislation, employees are not entitled to any wage compensation in the first three days of sick leave.
This practice, referred to as ‘karenční doba’ was introduced in 2008 by Mirek Topolánek’s government within broader measures to stabilise public funds.
The Social Democrats have been pushing to change the practice for years.
The Social Democratic Party has said it would be willing to raise the
minimal wage by 1,200 crowns a month next year, instead of the 1,500 it had
been pushing for.
Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová said after Monday’s coalition talks she considered this a fair compromise and a realistic option.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is in favour of a 1,000 crown hike, on the grounds that the hike should not excessively burden small and medium-size employers.
The minimal wage is currently 12, 200 crowns a month.
The Czech Republic has the highest number of job vacancies in the European
Union, according to figures released by Eurostat on Monday.
According to quarterly data on the ratio of job vacancies and the number of occupied posts, the Czech Republic had 5.4 percent unoccupied positions compared to the EU average of 2.2 percent.
A year ago the Czech Republic had 3.6 percent unoccupied positions. It is followed by Belgium (3.5 percent), The Netherlands (3.1 percent) and Germany (2.9 percent).
Government officials, employers and trade union leaders on Friday approved
the priorities outlined in the government’s draft budget for 2019.
The Finance Ministry has proposed a state budget with a 40 billion crown deficit, that envisages a hike in public sector wages, higher pensions and more money for investments.
The government aims to scrap 1300 jobs in public administration, which should save around 3.4 billion crowns.
On Monday, the minister of labour and social affairs called for a wide-ranging interdepartmental effort to sort out the issue of rogue landlords preying on families living in socially excluded localities. A list of 15 specific measures will act as a common thread in the preparation of a series of government proposals aimed at limiting the poverty trade business.
The Czech Republic’s trade unions in health care are set to hold talks with the health minister this week. They have rejected his offer of a five-percent pay rise and insist on a blanket salary increase of 10 percent. If their demands are not met, they are ready to call on doctors and nurses to stop doing over-time.
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