Fostered Workers’ Bonus for Getting Private Sector Jobs to Double
Miklós Halász-Szabó 2018.10.29.
The government will double the monthly bonus for fostered workers who join the primary labour market to 45,600 forints (EUR 141) from November 1, Finance Minister Mihály Varga told MTI.
The incentive could better motivate fostered workers to find higher-paying jobs on the primary labour market, Varga said. The measure is part of a government programme launched to ensure that skilled workers with sufficient motivation don’t participate in the fostered work programme, but are placed in private sector jobs, bringing the country closer to achieving full employment, he added.
Fostered workers who are hired by private sector companies are eligible for the bonus until their original fostered work contract expires. Fostered workers doing seasonal farm labour are also eligible for the bonuses.
Separate programmes have been launched in Hajdú-Bihar and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, underdeveloped regions with high unemployment and high rates of participation in fostered work schemes.
Stress is being laid on matching fostered workers with jobs based on employers’ needs, Varga said.
Some 12,000 workers have been paid the bonus already, and the programme could support the placement of as many as 50,000 fostered workers on the primary labour market by the end of 2019, he added.
About 114,500 Hungarians were in fostered work programmes in August, the latest available data show.