The Hungarian tourism and catering sector suffered the most during the crisis following the pandemic. Restaurants, bars, hotels remained closed for months, so their employees needed to find new jobs if they did not want to starve to death. Since they started new careers, many do not want to risk another collapse in the catering or tourism sector.
As g7.hu reported before, in Hungary, the government pays 60 pc of the employee’s salary as an unemployment benefit but unlike several other European countries, only for three months instead of 6. If those three months expire, the people are entitled only to get 22,800 HUF (EUR 64) as social allowance per month. Therefore, most of those working in the tourism, catering or entertainment sectors were hit hard by the crisis and the epidemic, had to find new jobs in the last 1.5 years.
That is why penzcentrum.hu says that if the catering, entertainment and tourism begin to grow again, there will be
a significant labour shortage.
For example, a quarter of the active tour guides no longer work in the sector, even though the flow of tourists will start in months.
Before the coronavirus epidemic broke out, 4,000-4,500 tour guides worked in Hungary, but the sector did not receive government allowance in the last 18 months. Therefore, many employees started a career as a language teacher, cleaner, deliveryman or IT expert. Judit Deák, chairwoman of the Hungarian Tour Guides’ Association, said that, currently, they are assembling a survey. But they think that a
quarter of the tour guides disappeared from the market.
She added that there are not many group-travels organised in Hungary yet, but tourism would surely restart next year. For example, all of the cruise trips to Budapest have been already booked for 2022.
Therefore, in 2021, finding tour guides will not be problematic. However, companies will struggle with the lack of workforce next year, when tourists will come again in mass numbers to the country.
Source: penzcentrum.hu, g7.hu