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Work conditions in Hungary

The Active Population in Figures

201820192020
Labour Force 4,732,2124,750,6364,732,423

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 
201720182019
Total activity rate 71.09%71.93%72.57%
Men activity rate 78.16%79.04%79.95%
Women activity rate 64.15%64.93%65.28%

Source: International Labour Organization, ILOSTAT database

 
Employed Persons, by Occupation (% of Total Labour Force) 2015
Manufacturing 21.4%
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 12.9%
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security 10.0%
Education 7.6%
Human health and social work activities 6.5%
Construction 6.5%
Transportation and storage 6.3%
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 4.9%
Accommodation and food service activities 4.5%
Administrative and support service activities 3.8%
Professional, scientific and technical activities 3.8%
Information and communication 2.4%
Financial and insurance activities 2.1%
Arts, entertainment and recreation 1.9%
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 1.4%
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 0.8%
Real estate activities 0.4%
Mining and quarrying 0.2%
 

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Working Conditions

Legal Weekly Duration
40 hours per week
Retirement Age
20 years in service and minimum retirement age is 62 years old.
Working Contracts
Full- and part-time contracts, assignment contracts, outsourcing contracts. More information on Just Landed website.
Labour Laws
Hungarian Labour Laws, Consult this website to obtain a summary of the labour regulations that apply to local entreprises.

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Cost of Labour

Minimum Wage
The minimum monthly wage for full-time employees is HUF 200,000 (EUR 542) in 2022.

In case of full-time employees hired for jobs requiring at least secondary school qualification or secondary vocational qualification, the guaranteed gross wage minimum stated for the application of a monthly wage is HUF 260,000 (EUR 735) (Eurostat).
Average Wage
According to the Central Statistical Office, in 2021 the gross average earnings were HUF 425,915.
Social Contributions
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employers: 13%
Social Security Contributions Paid By Employees: 18.5% (10% pension contribution and 8.5% health care and labour force contribution) without cap. An additional 6.5% health tax is payable on interest income and 14% health tax on capital gains.

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Social Partners

Social Dialogue and Involvement of Social Partners
The law allows unions to conduct their activities without interference, and the Government protects this right. Collective bargaining is protected by law is freely practised. Approximately 40% of the workforce is covered by collective bargaining agreements (almost 3,000 collective bargaining agreements exist). Workers have the right to strike and occasionally exercise this right.
Unions
Cooperation Forum of Unions
National Organisation of Hungarian Unions
Unionisation Rate
40%
Labour Regulation Bodies
Hungarian Labour Inspectorate

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