Why this story matters:
Many young parents are fully prepared to work in the early years of child-rearing. However, the Hungarian job market snubs their willingness and often leaves them unemployed.
In many countries across the European Union, parents opt for part-time employment, but in Hungary, this is not a widespread alternative.
Less than 5% of the working population has a part-time job.
A new local project, Coworkid, aims to tackle this particular problem by offering co-working spaces that include a nursery and a kindergarten. The practice has been found to bring favorable results in other countries. Hungary – where ruling politicians often say that a woman's main duty is to stay home and raise her children – should be next.
Details from the story:
- Kata and Panni Klementz want to open Coworkid, a family-friendly co-working office, by 2019. They are currently based in Vienna, and received state aid from the Austrian government to develop the business model of Coworkid there.
- The project could help freelancers, self-employed parents and employees on maternity leave.
- In Hungary, only 4.6% of employees work part-time. In the EU, 19.4% of workers work part-time.
- In the Netherlands, almost 50% of the workforce is employed part-time.