Working Standards in CR: Minimum Wages and Maximum Length of Working Time

13. 5. 2014

The current minimum wage in the Czech Republic is CZK 48.10 per hour or CZK 8,000 per month (a working month is 4 working weeks with 40 working hours per week). The wage, salary or remuneration paid to posted workers must not be lower than the minimum wage.

The minimum wage does not include:

  • wage or salary for overtime work
  • extra payment for work on a holiday
  • bonuses for night work
  • extra payment for work in a hazardous working environment (i. e. extra payment for dirty, heavy work)
  • extra payment for work on Saturdays and Sundays.

Provided the employee's wage or the salary does not reach the minimum wage or the lowest relevant level of guaranteed wage, the employer must provide the employee with a bonus that will raise his wage to the level of the Czech minimum wage.

Maximum length of working time

The weekly working time of an employee:

  • working single-shift is a maximum of 40 hours a week.
  • working two-shifts is a maximum of 38.75 hours a week.
  • working three-shifts or in a continuous service is a maximum of 37.5 hours a week.

An employee under the age of 18 must not work more than 8 hours a day. His weekly working time may not exceed 40 hours in total if he has several employments. Shorter weekly working time without a concurrent wage reduction may be stipulated in collective agreements or internal regulations.

The employer also has to provide his employees with a minimum length of a rest period. There are four types of a rest period in the Czech Republic:

  • lunch and rest break
  • continuous rest period between two shifts
  • continuous weekly rest period
  • safety break in accordance with specific legal regulations.

Furthermore, the employer has to provide his employees with the minimum length of annual holidays. The standard length of holidays is a minimum of 4 weeks per calendar year.