Principal activities

Decisions on pension insurance benefits and payment thereof

The CSSA decides on the amounts of pension insurance benefits, with the exception of pensions that fall under the authority of the interior, defence and justice ministries. These pensions are old-age pensions, 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree disability pensions, widows’ and widowers’ pensions and orphans’ benefits. Decisions on entitlements and the amounts of pension insurance benefits comprise decisions according to the national legislation, the coordination regulations and international treaties on the implementation of social security. These decisions are made at the CSSA headquarters. At present, the coordination regulations apply to 30 EU member states and bilateral treaties to 15 countries. 1,705,102 submissions concerning pension insurance were received in 2010; 224,277 of these were applications for one or another pension insurance benefit.

After taking into account accrued and pre-paid expenses (expenditure on advance payments to the Czech Post at the turn of the financial year), pension insurance benefit payouts in 2010 entailed expenditure totalling CZK 340.162 billion. CZK 265.985 billion of that amount was expenditure on old-age pensions.

2,819,093 pensioners in total were receiving pension insurance payments as of 31.12.2010, 1,108,146 of them men and 1,710,947 women. The CSSA paid 59,548 pensioners their pensions abroad and non-standard payments were made in the case of 1,980 pensioners. The average old-age pension was CZK 10,123, with men receiving CZK 11,240 and women CZK 9,189.

The CSSA pays out pensions in two ways: in cash or by credit transfer to the client’s account. The CSSA performed a total of 2,793,123 pension payouts as of 31.12.2010. 1,516,006 of that number were paid through post offices; 1,232,923 pensions were transferred to clients’ accounts (i.e. 89,461 more than in December 2009); and 44,194 were sent to social care institutions. 51,184 pensions were subject to distrainment orders as of 31.12.2010.

Expenditure on pension insurance benefits (CZK millions)

Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Amount 226,883 243,648 261,464 282,876 305,536 331,705 340,162

Explanatory note: The advance from December of the previous year has been added to pensions and the advance from January of the following year deducted.

Number of pension insurance clients, pensioners and pensions – state as of 31.12. of the given year

Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Number of pension insurance clients 4,841,549 4,786,415 4,846,240 4,877,954 4,978,920 4,905,021 5,011,797
Number of pensioners 2,625,685 2,645,100 2,683,784 2,719,161 2,754,011 2,790,391 2,819,093
of which women 1,629,999 1,637,584 1,656,280 1,674,015 1,687,546 1,700,961 1,710,947
men 995,686 1,007,516 1,027,504 1,045,146 1,066,465 1,089,430 1,108,146
Number of pensions paid out 3,249,706 3,268,673 3,310,174 3,347,121 3,383,046 3,418,876 3,446,767
of which old-age pensions 1,944,915 1,961,870 1,995,350 2,028,865 2,066,005 2,108,368 2,260,032
disability pensions* 563,376 570,055 580,055 586,686 588,745 585,944 466,329
survivors’ pensions 741,415 736,784 734,769 731,570 728,296 724,564 720,406

* Up to 2009: full and partial disability pensions: from 2010: disability pensions for 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree disability
Explanatory note: These are pensions paid out in the Czech Republic, i.e. excluding payments abroad.

Average old-age pension amount – state as of 31.12. of the given year

Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Men 8,133 8,662 9,157 9,784 10,715 11,175 11,240
Women 6,600 7,030 7,431 7,938 8,784 9,133 9,189
Total 7,270 7,744 8,187 8,747 9,638 10,045 10,123

Explanatory note: This is the old-age pension amount without any other concurrently paid types of pension, e.g. widows’/widowers’ pensions.