The largest number of foreign workers in Hungary from non-European Union countries are from Ukraine and Serbia, Hungarian business daily Világgazdaság reported.
A total of 10,700 work permits were issued in Hungary for non-EU citizens in the first nine months of this year, the paper said, citing figures from the economy ministry. The annual quota for 2017 is 59,000.
In June 2017, the Hungarian government lifted the restrictions on the employment of foreign nationals from neighbouring countries that are not EU member states, namely Ukraine and Serbia, in certain positions such as IT, drivers and construction, to ease the labour shortage.
The majority of foreign workers are employed in retail, vehicle repair, catering, the construction industry and manufacturing. Nearly two thirds of them are employed in Budapest. Over a third of foreign employees have a diploma and 33% are unskilled, the paper said.
via hungarymatters.hu and vg.hu; featured photo: Árpád Kurucz – nol.hu