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                                         Study 7 / 2021
Teachers’ salaries in 2020 and beyond: will the Czech Republic
rest on its laurels?2
AUGUST 2021
DANIEL MÜNICH AND VLADIMÍR SMOLKA
Summary
• In relative terms, teachers’ pay in the Czech Republic was lower than in most EU and OECD countries until 2017/18. Thanks to an unusually fast pace of growth in the past few years, in 2021, teacher’s pay will almost reach the average for OECD countries and the EU, which is around 90% of the average salary for a university-educated employee in the national economy. Andrej Babiš’s outgoing government will thus fulfil its Summer 2018 program statement.
• The level of teachers’ pay is a factor in attracting interest in teaching as a profession. Raising interest is necessary not only in order to recruit sufficient numbers of teachers, but to allow selectivity into the profession, allowing for more emphasis on thequality of teaching. These are long-term processes that gradually build the overall quality of the country’s teaching staff, through continuous arrivals and departures from the profession. Therefore, the impact of the teachers’ pay rates on attracting interest in the profession, the quality of teachers’ work, and pupils’ educational outcomes can only be observed over many years, or even decades.
2 This study represents the authors’ own views and not the official position of the Czech Academy of Sciences’ Economics Institute nor of the Charles University Centre for Economic Research and Graduate Education (CERGE). We appreciate the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs for its approval to use ISPV data collected and managed by f. TREXIMA spol. s r. o. Authors are grateful to Karel Gargulák, Filip Pertold and Jan Koucký & a project “Důvody nedostatku učitelů” https://pages.pedf.cuni.cz/nedostatekucitelu/ for their valuable comments and advices. We appreciate consultations on salary indicators kindly provided by the department of statistics at the Ministry of Education and Youth, Petr Čech, Hana Hlavínová and Vladimír Hulík. Any remaining ambiguities or errors are the responsibility of the authors. The study was produced with support from the Czech Academy of Sciences as part of its AV21 Strategy programme “Society in Motion and Public Policies”.
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