Czech Republic increases minimum wage
The Czech Republic increased the minimum wage and related guaranteed salary levels from 1 January 2015. As well as Czech workers, the increase will affect employees from EU countries seconded to the Czech Republic for more than 30 days in a calendar year.
From 1 January 2015, the minimum salary level increased from CZK 8,500 (approx €309) to CZK 9,200 (approx €334) per month. The minimum salary level for disabled employees has not been increased and remains at CZK 8,000 (approx €270) per month in cases where the individual’s disability impacts their work performance. Where work performance of disabled and non-disabled employees is comparable, disabled employees must receive the same salary as their non-disabled co-workers under the new minimum wage levels.
Alongside the minimum wage increase, the 8 guaranteed salary levels have also increased from 1 January 2015, with the highest level now fixed at CZK 18,400 (approx. €670) per month. The guaranteed salary levels specify the minimum wage levels an employee must receive for more complex work. In practice, the minimum wage of CZK 9,200 (the 1st level of the guaranteed salary levels) applies only to the simplest work – ie. those with simple repetitive tasks and minimum responsibility, such as cleaners. The work of a cashier, for instance, would not be considered work of the 1st level and as such would fall under the 3rd level, with a respective guaranteed wage of CZK 11,200 (approx €407) per month.
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