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Wages of 22,000 Czech soldiers to rise as of November

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Prague, Aug 10 (CTK) – The base wages of some 22,000 Czech soldiers as well as state and civilian employees of the Defence Ministry will rise by 4 percent as of November, along with the base pay of police, firefighters and civil servants, Vladimir Lukovsky, from the ministry’s press section, has told CTK.

The government is yet to approve the respective regulations, probably in September or October.

As of January 1, 2017, the Defence Ministry’s volume of finances for salaries will rise by another 1 percent. However, the money will not go to the base pay, but to bonuses, overtime work and other incentives.

The Defence Ministry registered some 22,000 professional soldiers, 6,400 civilian employees and 1,100 civil servants who are subject to the civil service law at the beginning of this year.

In late July, the government also decided to raise the salaries in the education sector as of September and in the security forces, state subsidised organisations, such as museums, galleries, libraries and some theatres, and other state offices as of November.

The salaries of teachers will rise by 6 percent and of other school employees by 4 percent. The total volume of finances for their remuneration (including bonuses) will increase by 8 and 5 percent, respectively.

In the case of civil servants, the base pay will increase by 4 percent, and the total sum for salaries by 5 percent.

The security forces members comprise the police, firefighters, customs officers, intelligence service officers as well as the the employees of the General Inspection of Security Corps (GIBS).

Higher salaries are also planned for employees of other state offices, such as ministries, courts, state attorney’s offices, archives, tax offices, the Science Academy (AV), the Probation and Mediation Service, the Czech Social Security Administration and the Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority.

The government also wants to raise the salaries of doctors and nurses by 10 percent as of next year and the same rise is planned for the following two years.

Last year, the number of civil servants increased by 5,800 to 422,445, 150,000 of whom were paid by the regions and municipalities and 78,000 people’s wages were covered from health insurance.

Last year, a civil servant’s monthly salary rose by 1,012 crowns year-on-year on average to 26,892 crowns.

The national average in the Czech Republic was 26,480 crowns in the first quarter of the year.

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