21 Mar 2018

How to reintegrate new parents in the labor market?

Going back to work after family leave is challenging in Hungary, especially since so few companies offer part-time employment. A new grassroots initiative has found a possible solution to the problem.

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Ivett Körösi Nepszava, Hungary
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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.

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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.
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