Wages

South Moravia can be rated as one of the most favourable locations in the Czech Republic from the employers‘ point of view. Qualification levels are among the highest in the country (Brno itself having 23.7 % of the workforce with university education, in comparison to the 23.6 % in Praha) whereas the wages are still substantially lower than those in the capital city (approximately amounting to 75 %). This is the case with the managerial and middle management positions throughout the region. As for employees in manufacturing and related services, the wages in Brno tend to be slightly over the national average, but they are significantly lower in other parts of the region.

The Czech law stipulates that employees must not receive wage that is lower than the minimum wage. The minimum possible wage is declared by a decree of the government of the Czech Republic and published in the Collection of Acts. As of 1st January 2018, the wage for employees remunerated by a monthly wage is 12,200 CZK, for employees paid by hourly wages was 73.20 CZK/hour. This wage for that purpose does not include overtime bonus, premium for work in difficult and harmful-to-health working conditions, premium for night work and work on holidays (a premium for an hour of night work is amounting to 20 % of average hour income, it quotes at least 14.64 CZK). The minimum wage is valid for any employment (both for limited and unlimited period of time, for full and part-time employment), however, it does not apply to contract work agreements concluded outside the employment contract.

According to the national statistics, the average monthly gross salary in 2017 was 29.504 CZK in (annual increase +7.0 %), the average monthly gross salary in the South Moravia was 28,549 CZK (6.7 % growth) but two thirds out of all employees have their average earnings below this level. From the regional point of view the highest salaries have been paid in Prague (about 26 % higher than the nationwide average but 31 % above the South-Moravian average). The city of Brno achieves overall wage level just about the nationwide average but the rest of the region has wages lower than that.

Although the labour costs in the South Moravian Region are still distinctively under the Western Europe level, in general, neither the whole Czech Republic nor the region are no more indicated as low-cost. It is due to the progressive wage increase (wages have been doubled since 2000) and Czech currency strengthening (+36 % compared with EUR, 2000).

The actual labour costs, however, will depend on the overall remuneration policy and the benefit package offered to employees. People in South Moravia, just like anywhere else in the Czech Republic, are willing to commute to get a good job (normally up to 30 km a day; for managerial positions even more – up to 100 km is not exceptional). However, Czech people are quite reluctant to move permanently which is fact that every investor should keep in mind.

Tab. 10: Average hourly wages in South Moravia by the educational level (CZK)

Level of education

2002

2005

2008

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Primary education

63.09

68.74

89.04

97.94

103.56

102.92

104.35

112.39

115.87

130.71

Secondary without final exam

73.88

85.77

106.13

110.21

117.19

113.91

114.90

120.49

126.32

139.10

Secondary with final exam

95.54

113.48

140.93

143.82

153.74

150.50

150.75

155.05

162.55

173.36

Higher secondary and bachelors

103.77

125.36

156.97

164.82

177.10

178.62

179.43

189.11

200.07

214.25

University degree

172.83

191.75

239.95

237.21

261.72

248.90

252.86

254.37

264.10

276.51

Total – private sector

88.09

105.37

136.12

141.79

152.71

151.15

152.73

158.93

167.24

179.85

Source: Regional Statistics of Labour Cost – Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs; private sector data

Tab. 11: Average hourly wages in South Moravia by main employment categories (CZK)

Main employment categories

2002

2005

2008

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Managerial positions

205.80

231.01

281.98

308.72

352.19

323.41

328.98

356.66

352.23

357.84

Researchers, specialised expert workers

134.28

161.02

201.57

217.72

238.25

239.43

241.78

257.98

271.03

287.35

Technicians, workers in health-care and education

104.49

129.03

159.04

158.92

169.94

168.88

171.49

174.87

183.56

195.49

Lower administrative positions

73.96

88.00

107.93

121.81

132.54

131.33

132.10

133.01

139.90

151.43

Operators in services and trade

58.05

67.81

85.05

82.69

91.85

90.14

90.62

93.20

99.15

108.46

Manual workers in agriculture, forestry and fisheries

59.07

66.21

80.11

90.82

100.53

n.a.

n.a.

110.41

n.a.

n.a.

Craftsmen and manufacturing workers

76.37

87.17

112.48

118.99

127.06

122.65

127.98

136.63

141.92

153.89

Manufacturing operators

76.55

87.92

109.48

115.02

121.54

119.46

119.18

125.31

133.15

146.31

Unskilled workers

54.38

62.69

72.42

86.43

94.54

93.23

92.76

97.03

98.91

108.38

Total – private sector

88.09

105.37

136.12

141.79

152.71

151.15

152.73

158.93

167.24

179.85

Source: Regional Statistics of Labour Cost – Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs; private sector data

Tab. 12: Average hourly wages in South Moravia by gender and employment categories (CZK)

Employment categories

2002

2005

2008

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Male

98.61

116.88

153.75

158.12

171.00

167.93

170.23

175.92

185.29

197.85

Female

72.56

85.09

108.24

117.99

125.38

125.33

126.08

132.18

137.82

150.12

Manual workers

71.75

81.43

101.39

105.73

113.27

110.62

111.91

117.98

124.84

137.09

Non-manual workers

117.50

144.71

178.39

182.67

197.65

194.53

195.81

197.81

208.40

220.65

Source: Regional Statistics of Labour Cost – Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs; private sector data

Tab. 13: Average month wages in South Moravia by employment categories in 2017 (CZK)

Employment categories

Average wage

Of which

Basic wage (%)

Other benefits, contributions (%)

Managerial positions in human resources

86,828

70.0

30.0

Managerial positions in marketing

74,790

67.2

32.8

Managerial positions in research and development

88,307

70.4

29.6

Managerial positions in manufacturing

59,178

72.5

27.5

Managerial positions in freight, warehousing and telecommunications

60,244

72.6

27.4

Managerial positions in ICT

98,156

74.1

25.9

Managerial positions in financial services

105,897

60.4

39.6

Mechanical engineers

45,568

79.7

20.3

Electrical engineers

48,012

79.4

20.6

Financial analysts, finance specialists

43,873

69.9

30.2

Programmers

57,309

75.6

24.4

System analysts

54,533

70.8

29.2

IT system administrators

51,311

79.3

20.7

Building technicians

30,976

69.6

30.4

Technical positions in electrical engineering

34,322

72.4

27.6

Technical positions in mechanical engineering

34,731

72.7

27.3

Technical positions in other industries

29,246

68.7

31.3

Specialists accounting, economics, human resources

28,683

74.2

25.8

Purchasing specialist

35,400

74.8

25.2

IT operators and maintenance

45,271

70.1

29.9

Secretaries

20,808

79.5

20.5

Emplyees in customers centres

28,524

73.0

27.0

Employees in accounting and budgeting

24,729

80.4

19.6

Warehouse clerks

26,736

75.1

24.9

Production clerks

27,273

73.5

26.5

Shop assistants

18,295

77.7

22.3

Bricklayers

20,615

75.0

25.0

Welders

30,641

66.7

33.3

Plumbers, locksmiths at construction works

23,465

74.7

25.3

Tool-makers and metal workers

26,196

70.1

29.9

Machinists, machine and device repairers

30,494

65.8

34.2

Electricians

28,084

70.9

29.1

Quality controllers, laboratory technicians

27,614

67.1

32.9

Skilled workers–metal tooling

25,130

71.0

29.0

Skilled workers – electrical engineering

27,485

66.5

33.5

Truck drivers

21,716

71.8

28.3

Unskilled workers

20,181

69.4

30.6

Source: Regional Statistics of Labour Cost - Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, 4Q 2017; private sector data

No doubt, the concrete remuneration policy is a matter of your company’s strategy. Yet, we also present the data on wages based on direct experience with companies (mainly foreign-owned) that have already established their presence in South Moravia. On top of this, remuneration packages offered by multinational companies to their employees in South Moravia are also stated, as well as a few hints and points for consideration that your HR department may want to know about.

There are several important factors that have to be taken into account when considering the remuneration package:

  • Size of the company
  • Production/service sector
  • Location of the company (big cities, access to highway, unemployment rate)
  • Level of working and professional experience

Most companies offer salaries and benefits on the local market average level. We feel the potential Key Motivators for the successful attraction and retention of quality candidates could be as follows:

  • All employees (both white and blue collars)
    • Realistic performance related bonus or premium
    • Company contribution for meals (vouchers)
    • Extra days of holidays
    • Training courses – language etc.
    • Sport, cultural benefits
    • Insurance other than provided by the State
    • A private or corporate pension fund
    • Full salary in case the candidate is sick


Better working conditions and professional growth, housing facilities and company shuttle-buses for people who cannot commute every day because they live in the areas where unemployment significantly exceeds national average, can be considered other attractive factors.

  • Managers and Professional Staff
    • Realistic performance related bonus
    • Car
    • Mobile phone
    • Notebook
    • A private or corporate pension fund
    • Insurance other than provided by the State
    • Stock options
    • Business trips abroad
    • Training – MBA, ISO, VDA etc.
    • Relocation package where necessary with an accommodation, as well as possible work for family members (spouse), childcare support


Any combination of the above along with a competitive salary should help the investor to become a competitive employer in the region.

Tab. 14: Expected wage levels for position of professional

Job Category

Position

Average Monthly Gross Salary (CZK)

Management

 

CEO/Country Manager

from 180,000+ car

 

General Manager

from 150,000 + car

 

Branch Manager

from 80,000 + car

Administration

 

Office Manager

25,000–50,000

 

Assistant

22,000–35,000

 

Legal Counsel

45,000–80,000

Finance

 

Finance Director

from 100,000 + car

 

Finance Manager

from 80,000 + car

 

Controller

35,000–70,000

 

Finance Analyst

30,000–60,000

 

Chief Accountant

40,000–60,000

 

Accountant

22,000–35,000

 

Payroll

23,000–35,000

Human Resources

 

DR Director

from 100,000 + car

 

HR Manager

from 60,000

 

Recruitment Specialist

25,000–35,000

 

Comp & Ben Specialist

30,000–45,000

 

Generalist

30,000–50,000

 

Training and Development Specialist

30,000–45,000

Sales / marketing

 

Sales Director

from 100,000 + car

 

Sales Manager

from 80,000 + car

 

Key Account Manager

40,000–80,000 + car

 

Regional Sales Manager

40,000–80,000 + car

 

Sales Representative

25,000–45,000 + car

 

Marketing Manager

from 70,000 + car

 

Marketing Specialist / PR

30,000–45,000

Customer service

 

Customer Service Manager

from 70,000 + car

 

Customer Service

30,000–45,000

 

Product / Brand Manager

45,000–70,000

 

Call Centre Manager

from 60,000

 

Call Centre Supervisor

from 40,000

 

Call Centre Operator

17,000–25,000

Manufacturing

 

Plant Manager

from 130,000 + car

 

Production Director

from 75,000 + car

 

Production Manager

30,000–45,000

 

Production Engineer

25,000–50,000

 

Quality Manager

from 65,000

 

Quality Engineer

25,000–50,000

 

Process Engineer

28,000–50,000

 

Technologist

25,000–35,000

 

Facility Manager

50,000–80,000

 

EHS Manager

from 60,000 + car

 

EHS Technician

25,000–45,000

 

Maintenance Manager

30,000–60,000

 

Maintenance Specialist

22,000–35,000

 

Planner

30,000–50,000

 

CNC Operator

25,000–40,000

 

Production Worker skilled

17,000–25,000

 

Production Worker unskilled

14,000–16,000

Technical Dept.

 

Technical Director

from 75,000 + car

 

Technical Manager/Engineering Manager

from 60,000

 

Project Manager

45,000–60,000

 

Designer (CAD)

25,000–45,000

 

Continuous Improvement Manager

60,000–80,000

 

Lean Manager

55,000–70,000

Purchasing & Logistics

 

Buyer Manager

from 80,000 + car

 

Supply Chain Manager

from 65,000 + car

 

Commodity Manager

55,000–90,000

 

Buyer

30,000–50,000

 

Logistics Manager

from 65,000 + car

 

Logistics Specialist

25,000–50,000

 

Warehouse Supervisor

30,000–50,000

 

Warehouse Clerk

16,000–25,000

IT & Technologies

 

IT Manager

from 100,000 + car

 

IT Project Manager

60,000–90,000

 

IT Specialist

30,000–50,000

 

System Administrator

40,000–80,000

 

Analyst

40,000–80,000

 

Programmer/Developer

40,000–80,000

 

IT Consultant

45,000–80,000

 

  • Regional Development Agency of South Moravia
    Královopolská 139
    612 00 Brno
    Czech Republic
    www.rrajm.cz

    Jan Hladík
    +420 541 219 282
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    jan.hladik@rrajm.cz