Budapest (MTI) – The wages in the Hungarian army’s lowest ranks will be increased to between a gross monthly 180,000 and 220,000 forints including a fringe benefit, as of this month, the defence minister said on Wednesday.
The monthly wage of foot soldiers will rise to a gross 180,000 forints (EUR 588) and of those without secondary school degree to 190,000 forints, István Simicskó told a press conference.
Those with a secondary school degree will receive gross 220,000 forints per month and those serving in the ranks of corporals will earn between 200,000 and 220,000 forints per month, he said.
The increase serves to better recognise the rank and file, he said.
Simicskó noted that as part of a multi-phase wage hike, wages in the Hungarian armed forces were first raised last July by an average 30 percent.
Wages were again increased by 5 percent on average in January this year and will be raised by the same rate each year until 2019, the minister said.