Minimum wage to increase from 1 January 2019

The Government has approved an increase to the minimum wage and the guaranteed wage with effect from 1 January 2019, as set out in Government Regulation No. 567/2006 Coll., on Minimum Wages, the Lowest Levels of Guaranteed Wages, the Definition of a Difficult Working Environment and the Amount of Additional Pay for Working in a Difficult Working Environment. .

Effective 1 January 2019, the minimum wage will rise from the current CZK 12,200 to CZK 13,350 per month, and the minimum hourly rate from CZK 73.20 to CZK 79.80. These rates apply only to the least demanding types of work, classified as category 1 within the meaning of Government Regulation No. 567/2006 Coll., such as cleaner or gatekeepers.

Under this Regulation, work is graded according to its complexity, degree of responsibility and severity into eight groups, into which each employee should be classified. For example, a forklift driver, who belongs to group 2 according to the Regulation, should receive a minimum hourly rate of CZK 88.10 and CZK 14,740 monthly. Bricklayers, tinsmiths or auto mechanics, whobelong to group 3 according to the Regulation, should receive CZK 16,280 monthly instead of CZK 13,350.

Rates of the guaranteed wage since 1 January 2019

Group of work done The lowest levels of guaranteed wages in CZK/hour The lowest levels of guaranteed wages in CZK/month
1. 79,80               13 350
2. 88,10 14 740
3. 97,30 16 280
4. 107,40 17 970
5. 118,60 19 850
6. 130,90 21 900
7. 144,50 24 180
8. 159,60 26 700


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