EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Czech public administration

Czech public administration

Geographic Location

Country: Czechia


Sector: Public administration and defence
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
84 - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
Number Employed: 459000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 21-03-2007
Planned Job Reductions min: 7900
Planned Job Reductions max: 7900
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2010

Additional Information

On 21 March 2007, Czech government announced the intention of retrenching public sector workers in order to reduce annual expenditure on wages by three per cent. About 40,000 civil servants out of 459,000 people currently employed in the public sphere were to be dismissed by 2010. The most affected groups of state workers should have been teachers (20,000 jobs lost), policemen (5,150 jobs lost) and revenue officers (1,400 jobs lost). On 26 April the government revised its restructuring plan and planned to dismiss roughly 9,000 state employees within 3 years. Ministry of Education admitted it would lay-off about 1,000 officers, but teachers were to be exempted from the scheme. On 2 October 2007, the Czech government announced a further revision of the restructuring plan. Under the new plan, about 7,900 civil servants are to lose their jobs in the public sector in the period 2008-2010. All departments are concerned, but the most affected ministries with more than 100 job cuts are the following: Interior (357 from 76,000), Labour and Social Affairs (1,665 from 18,500), Defence (1,965 from 39,700), Finance (2,385 from 26,400). As of October 2007, approximately 458,800 were employed in the public administration.