Not even the spread of the coronavirus could stop the growing number of state leaders in Hungary. Their number almost reaches 300 which counts as a new record.
According to Blikk, while five years ago, the 225 state leaders were considered a lot, nowadays their number almost reaches 300. This means that in five and a half years, the number increased by more than 50 people. Experts, however, say that the tasks have not increased.
Based on December data, most of the leaders (including commissioners), 41 are from the Ministry of the Prime Minister’s Office. The Ministry of Innovation and Technology has 40 leaders in total, but the highest number, 21 of secretaries of state. The Ministry of Human Resources earned third place with 35 state leaders.
On the other hand, there are ministries where the numbers are not so extreme. Only eight leaders work in the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Interior has 14 state leaders.
When the second Orbán Cabinet was formed in 2010, 42 secretaries of state and 54 deputy secretaries of state seemed to be enough. Their number, however, basically doubled as there are now 78 secretaries of state and 122 deputy secretaries of state – even though several projects to decrease bureaucracy were announced in past years.
The growing number of state leaders and their salary increases also mean that they cost more to the public. Three years ago, their salaries were calculated to be around 160 million HUF (441,827 EUR), but now it should be more than twice the amount: 350 million HUF (966,472 EUR).
When asked about the matter, the Press Office of the Ministry of the Prime Minister’s Office told the newspaper:
“The aim of the government is still less bureaucracy with less but better-paid government officials. Only as many people should work for the state as many are inevitably necessary.”
The leader of the Association for Hungarian Government Officials, Public Servants, and Public Sector Employees, on the other hand, finds the situation incomprehensible. Péterné Boros said that there is no increase in tasks that would make an increase in the number f leaders necessary. She added that at the same time, many lower positions had been abolished. Administrator employees and those who work with clients are hard to find.