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Before the Coronavirus: Hungarian Gross Wages Grow 9% in January

MTI-Hungary Today 2020.04.01.

Wage growth for full-time workers in Hungary rose by an annual 9.2 percent in January, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Tuesday.

The average gross monthly wage came to 375,200 forints (EUR 1,050) in January. Net wages also grew by 9.2 percent, to 249,500 forints.

Wage growth for full-time workers in Hungary slowed in January months of double-digit growth, the KSH said.

Calculating with annual inflation of 4.7 percent in January, real wages were up 4.3 percent.

Excluding the 93,400 Hungarians in fostered work programmes, the average gross wage rose by 8.8 percent to 385,300 forints, while net wages grew at the same rate, to 256,200.

Gov’t: due to coronavirus, main challenge will be job-protection

The Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM) said in a statement after the data release that the effects of novel coronavirus on wages would be palpable, and the main challenge would be job-protection.

The ministry noted that wages in the private sector grew by 8.6 percent, while in the public sector, stripping out fostered jobs, they increased at a faster clip, by 9.7 percent. Financial sector employees saw the biggest wage increases but other sectors such as health, construction and agriculture also enjoyed significant rises, it added.

It said Hungary had so far achieved exceptional economic performance in international comparison, and the government is drawing up an economic recovery plan to help people retain their jobs and earn a living.

Featured photo illustration by Tibor Rosta/MTI