The police are recruiting new border hunters in a fresh advertisement after the first graduates joined the force last autumn. The recruitment advertisement now highlights how much of a salary and bonuses they can expect to receive, reports Index.
On Saturday, the police published a notice calling for contract border guards in Bács-Kiskun, Csongrád-Csanád, Békés, Hajdú-Bihar and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg counties. The main task of the candidates will be to guard the state border and prevent illegal migration, while assisting the police.
To become a border guard, candidates must complete a 160-hour training course and be no older than 55.
It is also important that candidates have no criminal record, are able to work, and have finished at least all the general eight classes of school.
During their training, border guards receive a basic salary of HUF 300,000 gross (EUR 780) per month. Later, after they have started their active service, this salary is supplemented by a work duty, night, and standby allowances.
There is also a bonus for speaking a foreign language, with different amounts of bonus added to the salary for different degrees of language proficiency.
The maximum monthly salary can therefore be up to HUF 400,000 gross (EUR 1,040), depending on the hours worked. In addition, there is also a fringe benefit (cafeteria) of HUF 200,000 gross (EUR 520) per year and free medical care.
Border hunters are indeed much needed, as according to current figures, more than 17,000 border crossers have been apprehended at the Hungarian border so far this year and 175 human smugglers have been prosecuted. Last week, the Hungarian Prison Service Headquarters (BvOP) held a professional meeting with the consuls accredited to Hungary to discuss the increasing number of foreign prisoners, most of them human smugglers. Currently, there are more than 2,500 smugglers in domestic prisons, who are nationals of 73 countries.
Last weekend, from Friday to Sunday, the police took action against 542 border crossers, the National Police Headquarters informed MTI on Monday.
Featured photo via Facebook/Bence Rétvári