3.11 Current debates and reforms
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The Government has increased the minimum wage in general, in 2021 the lowest threshold is 15 200 CZK (ca 580 EUR) per month. It should correspond to more than 40 % of the average wage.
New Operational Programme Employment from ESF is in the final stage of preparation and first calls are expected in the second part of the 2022 year.
With the new Government since the end of 2021 and new relevant state policy strategies, a strong focus on their implementation is expected. Following the structural trends, impacts of COVID-19 and the Russian Invasion towards Ukraine urgent and robust actions are expected in 2022. A massive refugee wave coming to the Czech Republic´s labour market, which is a significant part of the lower age, will also create urgent and strong actions in 2022.
Digital transformation and the impacts of COVID-19 and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine create an urgent need for the implementation of the new state policies expecting serious social transformation within the fields as Education, Labour Market, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Digital Agenda and Industry 4.0.
The debates are marked with the emphases on effectiveness and leveraging public support and interventions to strengthen society's flexibility and adaptability - young people are expected to play a significant role in those processes.
The discussions also focus on practical obstacles identification and their removal, making the access easier and adapting to today's circumstances.