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16th November 2017 / Economic policy / Macroeconomic Indicators, Economic Growth

GDP deceleration in 3Q17 was less pronounced than the market feared

According to Komercni banka, Czech GDP increased 0.5% qoq in 3Q17 according to the flash estimate of the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO). This represents a significant deceleration after the 2.5% recorded in 2Q. Yoy growth in the third quarter printed a strong 5%. 

16th November 2017 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

Eurochambres/HK Economic Survey 2018: Czech businesses mostly concerned about shortage of qualified workforce, labour costs, regulatory burden and economic & political conditions

According to the Czech Economic Chamber (HK), contributor of data for the Czech Republic, the expectation of Czech businesses for 2018 are more optimistic than the rest of Europe. Number one concern is lack of qualified workforce.

16th November 2017 / Competitiveness / Business and Industry

ABSL J. Appleton: 'We are working hard to develop other cities like Olomouc, Plzen, Hradec Kralove, Usti.'

The business services sector continues to grow rapidly in the Czech Republic. The number of centres has risen by 10% and the number of employees in this segment has risen by 19% year-on-year. A total of 220 companies providing business services worldwide from the Czech Republic now employ 89,000 people and contribute 5% to the GDP in the Czech Republic, Association of Business Services Leaders (ABSL) says.

16th November 2017 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

Minimal Salary

Mentioning the issue of a minimal salary is like lighting a fuse – and not only among economists. A simple textbook labour market model says that a minimal salary may lead to involuntary unemployment if it is set too high. Nevertheless, in reality, the labour supply and demand curves are not straight lines. Empirical studies about the effects of a minimal salary on unemployment do not yield clear results. In a situation where a certain sector is dominated by a single employer (a local monopsony), the negotiating terms between the employer and job applicants are unequal and a minimal salary is a response to the situation.

15th November 2017 / Competitiveness / Employment and Social Affairs

CPL Jobs Salary Survey 2017 CZ & SK

Do you want to have a good overview of salaries in Prague, Brno and Bratislava? Read CPL Salary Survey 2017 which is focused on the fields of Finance & Accounting / Procurement, Supply Chain & Logistics / IT / Engineering / HR & Office Administration.


Strategic Directions for Czech Economic Policy

  1. 1) The home of value-added manufacturing
  2. 2) Prague-Brno-Ostrava Creative Triangle
  3. 3) Health Care as an export industry
  4. 4) Government as a competitive advantage

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