16 Mar 2018

Young Hungarians plan their future abroad

The labor shortage in Hungary is getting worse, but Hungarians working in Austria say they do not want to come home. 

Ivett Körösi
Ivett Körösi Nepszava, Hungary
Source: Nepszava
Young Hungarians plan their future abroad - NewsMavens
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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.

work,economy,politics, care crisis

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.
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