The Average Earnings Information System (ISPV) allows monitoring of the remuneration development from various perspectives. With regard to the fact that issues connected with an influx of foreign workers into the Czech Republic have been mentioned frequently in the recent years, we will focus on the problems of remunerating foreign citizens in the Czech Republic
Within ISPV, citizenship of individual employees is surveyed and hence it is possible to monitor the gross monthly wage also from this perspective. Results in terms of remuneration of foreigners employed on the territory of the Czech Republic in H1 2011 are shown in Table 1.
|Table 1: Number of employees and gross monthly wage median in the wage sphere by citizenship in H1 2011.
||Number of employees
||Gross monthly wage
|Thousand of emloyees
It follows from Table 1 that in the wage sphere, the best paid foreigners on the territory of the Czech Republic were Slovaks in H1 2011. The gross monthly wage median of Slovak employees reached CZK 21,768 in H1 2011. The second place was taken by Romanians (CZK 19,912) and the third place by Poles (CZK 18,155). In H1 2011, the lowest wages in the wage sphere were recorded with employees with Ukrainian (CZK 14,371) and Bulgarian citizenship (CZK 15,869).
In comparison with H1 2010, the greatest growth of wages was recorded with employees with Polish citizenship in H1 2011 (year-on-year growth of the gross monthly wage median by 6.6%). The greatest decrease of wages in the monitored period was recorded with Romanians whose year-on-year wage decrease was 20.8%. This decrease was caused in particular by a changed structure of employees (higher number of unqualified workers) and a significant decrease of the gross monthly wage median of managerial employees with Romanian citizenship.
Table 1 includes only those citizenships that were represented in the set of employees of the wage sphere frequently. Out of the countries that were represented less frequently in the wage sphere, the highest gross monthly wage median in H1 2011 was reached by citizens of Austria (CZK 97,553), Great Britain (CZK 80,326), France (CZK 52,719), USA (CZK 50,057), Japan (CZK 49,239) and South Korea (CZK 48,978). The wage level of employees with those citizenships may seem high at first sight; nevertheless, economic operators from those countries belong among the greatest investors on the Czech market, which also means higher numbers of employees with those citizenships in better-paid jobs.