National minimum wage in detail
Since 1 January 2019, the basic minimum monthly salary has been CZK 13,350 (EUR 519.11) based on full-time weekly working hours (i.e. 40 hours per week); whereas the minimum hourly salary (for a 40-hour full time working week) has been CZK 79.80 (EUR 3.10). The law also sets minimum wage levels for eight categories of work activity. These are grouped according to complexity, responsibility and difficulty, with the minimum monthly wage ranging from CZK 13,350 to CZK 26,700 (from EUR 519.11 to 1,038.22) within these categories. The minimum wage is set by Government Decree and has been increased every year since 2012, but there is no legal obligation for it to be revised each year and, for example, it was static between 2007 and 2012.
Note that the minimum wage figure quoted in the chart is the one given above, but it is very low and in practice employers find it hard to recruit people to work at this rate. It is estimated that approximately 3% of all employees are working for this wage.
Author: Randl Partners
Date: March 2019
Note: For specific advice on any particular issue, please consult the relevant firm. The law is stated as at March 2019.