Labour shortages and the growing demand for labour from new investments are driving the arrival of more and more guest workers in Hungary. In addition to Ukraine and Serbia, workers from 9 other third countries are already allowed to come under the new, relaxed rules.
24.hu asked temporary employment agencies about the employment of foreigners. According to Work Force, it is important to stress that foreign labour is needed mainly in shortage occupations where there are few domestic workers. The first to start using workers from third countries was in manufacturing and production. However, they expect that in the future they will be able to move into other jobs.
Trenkwalder does its utmost to ensure that foreign workers are seen by employers and their environment as seeking to thrive here. Just like Hungarians who go to work in Europe or other parts of the world. They therefore provide training to help newcomers. These initiatives will make it easier for the workers to settle in.
Temping agencies are expecting a boom this year. The main reason is that demand in the physical sector remains high and the labour shortage has not decreased in recent months. They mentioned that some of their partner companies have reported very positive news. They have reached production peaks with temporary workers in their second full week working there.
Prohuman estimates that today 80-100 thousand people are missing from the Hungarian labour market. For this reason, they see that the import of foreign labour will continue to be unavoidable. They say that labour shortages are so severe today that guest workers may be needed even in a recessionary environment.
The managing director of Prohuman, Csongor Juhász shared with 24.hu that they work for more than 800 clients in Hungary. On average, they employ 7,000 people in Hungary. In the domestic market, there are around 30-40 companies where Prohuman employees from outside the EU work. The exact figure is a trade secret, but it is in the thousands, he added.
Prohuman believes that the guest worker issue is also about keeping jobs for Hungarian workers. If a company is unable to solve its labour problems , it may decide to relocate production to another country. But then Hungarian workers will also have to look for other work.
Foreign labour is needed for our country. Foreign labour is good for our country, but I fear for some of them, because the Orban Government has has been fueling xenophobia for many years, and racism is still alive and well.
Be careful or else it will look like U. K after a decade….
The measures promoting families notwithstanding, our lacking fertility rate (fact: we’re at 1.6 and declining) means we will need immigrants to sustain our population (the fertility rate should be 2.1 to maintain our population):
Sobering graph (population pyramid / distribution) for those who think we don’t need immigrants (or we can ship them all back to wherever) – and more sobering – suicide rates in the 15-24 and 25-34 age categories. Especially scary if you compare to traffic deaths … Dire need for more attention to mental health?
Hungary needs to learn from Germany’s suicidal mistake of importing so-called gastarbeiters only to have them and their descendants now make up 25% of their population. Let them work but make sure they go home when their contract is up.
So long as they’re from countries culturally aligned with Hungary and they’re not allowed to import 100 extended family members each, this is okay, although it would be better to get to the root of the question why Hungarians themselves are not taking up these jobs. Budapest is beleaguered by the real and supposed “homeless”; surely they could be persuaded, one way or another, to (re)train for some of these jobs.
@A.Tendon – who is going to pay for our aging population when we don’t have sufficient economically productive taxpayers?
And, again, please consider that, to maintain our current population, we need a fertility rate of at least 2.1. As you will note, we will be competing for economically productive, tax paying individuals (and @MichaelSteiner – where would you recommend we source these “culturally aligned” people from?)
Very curious on both counts.
You can alway be relied on to make accurate comments.
Re- you comment at 16:45: You took the words out of my mouth.
We NEED those (and more) immigrants (to survive) and to pay taxes that pay our pensioners (the ones that DO make it to that age!).
Were it not for that “25%” of Germany’s population, Germany wouldn’t be where it is today – like it or not.