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Labour shortage at Hungarian public transportation

According to 444.hu, shortage of tram drivers to be a growing concern at Budapest Transport Plc. (BKV), and the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV) also have to face with labour shortage As 444 writes, the Hungarian public transport company launches a campaign again to invite people to tram driver trainings, so as to respond to the lack of tram drivers. The company not only should replace employees retiring in every two or three months, but they also need new ones due to increasing needs for public transport. 444 has not received any answer from the transport company for the question of how many drivers are...

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Hungary government to focus on boosting mobility, training to tackle labour shortage

Budapest (MTI) – In efforts to alleviate labour shortages, the government plans to boost regional mobility and training, an economy ministry official said at an event on Thursday. Speaking at a forum organised by the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry and National Trade Association, Péter Cseresnyés, state secretary for labour and training, said that Hungary’s labour market was characterised by both unemployment and a labour shortage. Whereas there are around 300,000 potential employees, 50-60 percent of positions remain unfilled, he noted. The reasons are to be found in regional disparities and a lack of training and work experience....

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Employer federation official: Labour shortage spreading nationwide

Budapest (MTI) – Hungary’s labour shortage cuts across industries, regions and sectors, an employer federation official said on Tuesday. Whereas the labour shortage had previously been confined to western parts of the country, now the problem is nationwide and will worsen for demographic reasons, Federation of Employers and Industrialists (MGYOSZ) deputy head Ferenc Rölek told public television M1. Employees in government fostered job schemes and civil servants should be retrained and skilled workers should be imported, he said. Hungary needs foreign workers “on a temporary basis, who fit the country culturally and can adapt”. “Guest workers and migrants are...

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Hungarian companies raise wages to cure labour shortages

Two-thirds of the Hungarian companies try to handle the increasing labour shortages by raising wages, a survey conducted by legjobbmunkadók.hu reveals. The site surveyed more than 150 Hungarian companies employing more than 100 000 people about the effects of the current labour shortages. The survey has found that the companies suffer from a shortage of skilled workers mostly. According to index.hu, some 55 % of the respondents have claimed that it is extremely difficult to find skilled workers, while 28 % of them have said it is almost impossible. Moreover, almost half of the respondents (47 %) have stated...

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Hungary IT sector suffers labour shortage

Budapest, September 5 (MTI) – Last year, 22,000 jobs in Hungary’s IT sector went unfilled, business daily Világgazdaság said on Monday. Counting positions indirectly affected by the labour shortage in the sector, altogether 72,000 spots were vacant, Ádám Horváth, who is in charge of education for IT business association IVSZ, told the paper. The shortage has worsened this year, he said. Horváth noted that just 5,000 Hungarians started studying computer science and programming this year, one third the number necessary to meet demand for labour in the sector. Only 6-8 percent of young Hungarians starting their studies at college...

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Orbán: Demographic policies key to curing labour shortages

Budapest (MTI) – Demographic and family policies are the key to tackling Hungary’s labour shortages, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday. The country is in need of more children and stronger families because if more children are born, more people can join the workforce, Orbán told. But this approach is not supported in Europe, where immigration and migrants are seen as the cure to labour shortages, he said. Asked about speculation on a reduction in payroll taxes, Orbán said such a cut is a policy “instrument” that would need to “fit into the long-term plan”. Orbán said Hungary’s...

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Labour shortages approach critical level in Hungary

Figures recently released by Hungary’s Central Statistical Office (KSH) show that some 50,000 jobs were still waiting to be filled in certain sectors and regions of Hungary, Hungarian news agency MTI reported. According to KSH, businesses employing at least five individuals have a total of some 36,000 vacant positions, while public sector organizations also have some 14,500 positions to be filled. The highest number of vacancies in the country’s labour market are in the IT and communications sector, where companies are looking to fill some 2,900 vacancies; however, the administrative and service support sector took second place in this...

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Socialists to submit draft resolution on easing labour shortage

Budapest, July 16 (MTI) – The opposition Socialists want to submit a draft resolution to lawmakers next week on easing Hungary’s labour shortage, deputy party leader Nándor Gúr said at a press conference on Saturday. Between 600,000 and 800,000 Hungarians are qualified for or could become qualified, to take unfilled positions with the appropriate measures, Gúr said. Instead of using foreign workers to fill the labour gap, Hungarians have to be given a chance to work, he added. The proposal also envisions raising the minimum wage to net 100,000 forints (EUR 318) a month. Governing Fidesz responded to Gúr’s...

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Labour shortage critical in Hungary

Budapest, July 14 (MTI) – The shortage of labour is becoming critical in Hungary with half of unfilled jobs found in the central region, business daily Világgazdaság said on Thursday. The number of job vacancies in the market sector at companies employing at least five people was 36,000 in the first quarter of the year which marks a 33 percent increase compared with the same period in 2015, the paper said, citing fresh data by the Central Statistical Office (KSH). The number of vacant positions at institutions in the public sector went up to 14,500 in January-March from the...

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LMP prepares action plan for handling labour shortage

Budapest (MTI) – The green opposition LMP party will submit to parliament an action plan on handling Hungary’s labour shortages, the party’s co-leader announced on Monday. Hungary is seeing an emigration of its skilled workers and certain companies are considering importing labour from countries with low wages, Bernadett Szél told a press conference in Ajka, in western Hungary. LMP is therefore submitting a five-point action plan to parliament to protect Hungarian workers, she said. The plan proposes making minimum wage tax-free and raising its purchasing power above the subsistence level. It also recommends an immediate pay rise in the...

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Conference explores causes for shortage of labour in tourism, catering

Budapest, October 14 (MTI) – A labour shortage in tourism and catering is growing, the head of an employers’ interest representation body told a conference in Budapest on Wednesday. Zoltan Pal Gal, head of the interest representation body VIMOSZ, said the shortage of labour in tourism and catering sometimes makes it impossible to provide the necessary services. Economy ministry representatives said training in the sector needs to be reformed and domestic demand stimulated using cost-effective solutions. Laszlo Odrobina, economy ministry state secretary for vocational and adult education, said that expanding employment poses a problem throughout Europe and only a...

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