Czech Wages Remain Stagnant Despite Gains For Top Earners

Although hundreds of thousands of workers and craftsmen are missing in the production companies, the growth of starting wages has not been seen this year. Workers in professional positions in particular improved, most often by one percent. That’s according to a survey of Grafton Recruitment’s staffing agency. This took place in the third quarter of 2021. The data presented are based mainly on the starting salaries of candidates for whom Grafton mediated employment, as well as on the companies’ demands for finding employees.

For a salary of CZK 100,000 and more thousand gross per month, employees will reach less than a fifth of their positions. The highest recorded wage in production is the director of the production plant, which will cost up to CZK 200,000 in Prague, Liberec and Hradec Králové. On the other hand, a production worker earns the least, whose starting salary in the Moravian-Silesian Region and the Ústí nad Labem Region can start at CZK 20,000.

“Wage increases in production occurred practically only in professional positions, especially in the Central Bohemian, South Moravian and Moravian-Silesian regions. We recorded the largest increases in Olomouc, where competition is growing strongly. and GI Group Martin Malo, while the situation was not affected by the huge shortage of workers caused, among other things, by the outflow of foreign workers.

Although Prague pays for the region with the highest wages in most fields, it is not so clear in production. For example, the salary of a project manager in Prague starts at CZK 50,000, but in the South Bohemian, Plzeň, Liberec, Hradec Králové and Pardubice regions, but up to CZK 55,000. Other positions that may have a higher starting salary in the regions include, for example, a sales and technical representative, an experienced quality engineer, a maintenance specialist, an engineer or a production manager.

“Production is also a field where there are no significant regional differences in the case of wages. For example, the current wage in the manufacturing sector in Prague is between 40 and 65,000 CZK, in the South Moravian Region between 35 and 60,000 CZK and in the Moravian-Silesian Region 35 to 55,000 CZK, “Said Malo.

The highest wage will be reached by a production worker in Prague, where he will receive up to 35,000 crowns a month. The survey recorded the lowest wages in the Moravian-Silesian Region. Next in order are the Ústí nad Labem, Olomouc and Zlín regions.

“Production is not only about unskilled workers with a wage below CZK 30,000, but also about qualified positions that reach a six-figure wage,” Malo pointed out.

Companies are most interested in qualified and unqualified candidates for production and design teams. As in previous years, the most missing this year are electrical workers, welders, locksmiths, grinders, designers or experienced operators and technologists in production. The long-term shortage of these employees was exacerbated by the outflow of foreign workers last year.