Why this story matters:
Why the reluctance to work in Hungary?
According to a recent survey, it has less to do with higher wages and more with having stable, predictable and legal working conditions, as well as more holidays and a better tax system.
The Hungarian government is trying to lure back young people. It has published a booklet called: “Should I stay or should I go?”
The arguments for staying is that workers in Hungary can live without fear, work in a society based on Christian values, and experience better weather (?!).
It is unlikely these arguments will convince young workers who want to live in a free, prosperous society. It's going to take a lot more than a booklet. The government needs to take a serious look at what their neighbors offer workers and take serious steps to offer the same.
Details from the story:
- More than 1,000 Hungarian employees working in Austria were questioned in a recent survey commissioned by Austrian and Hungarian trade union federations.
- Some 40 percent of young Hungarians said they would like to live and work in another country.
- Only 5 percent would consider working in Hungary in case they lost their current job abroad.
- At least 300,000 Hungarians live in the United Kingdom and about 135,000 in Germany.
- Of the 87,000 Hungarians working in Austria, only 7,000 live there. The majority commutes daily or weekly.
- Recruitment problems are hurting business in about half of all Hungarian companies.
- Health care, construction, sales and hospitality are most affected by Hungary's labour shortage.