There were 413,800 registered job seekers in Hungary at the end of January, the National Labour Office (NMH) said. The number was down 5.3% from a year earlier, though increased 5.8% from the end of December. 101,500 people or 24.5% of the total were registered as job-seekers for more than one year at the end of last month. Their number fell by 20.4% from January 2014. There were 23,400 vacancies announced in January. Of these vacancies, 10,200 were vacancies not subsidised by the state, 5.6% more than a year earlier. Vacancies related to various public work or other subsidised schemes reached 13,200. The number of unfilled jobs was 47,400 at the end of the month.
However, the opposition Socialist Party (MSZP) has proposed that Hungary’s 2012 labour code, which “leaves employees unprotected”, should be changed in its entirety. Socialist deputies also made a proposal to allow men, similarly to women, to retire after 40 years of service, and suggested that services for the disabled should be placed on new foundations. Lajos Korózs, Socialist deputy head of parliament’s welfare committee, said that a constitutional amendment was also necessary to stipulate that “Hungarian citizens shall have the right to social security; they are entitled to appropriate support for their livelihood in case of old age, sickness, disability, widowhood, losing parents or becoming unemployed through no fault of their own”.
Meanwhile the Hungarian government has launched the Youth Guarantee programme financed from EU funding made available in the 2014-2020 budget period. The scheme is to improve the job prospects of those under the age of 25 years in six so-called convergence regions of Hungary. Young jobseekers in the Central Hungary region are to join the programme in the coming weeks, minister of state for employment Sándor Czomba said at a press conference in Budapest. The programme is set to be implemented in four stages; until the end of 2017 the scheme will address those young job-seekers that have been registered for at least six months, he added.
Unemployment has been one of the most pressing issues in Europe and Hungary, and young people have been especially badly affected. However, over the past three years the employment rate has improved significantly in Hungary among those aged 15-24 years. The indicator hit bottom in 2009 with 18 percent, while in the fourth quarter of 2014 it was 24.6 percent and thus it has reached pre-crisis levels.
via hungarymatters.hu, MTI and kormany.hu photo: public domain