Hungary -OECD recommends freezing of minimum wage -January 27, 2014

The OECD’s latest Economic Survey assesses the country’s exit from recession as well as steps that can be taken to boost its growth potential. Growth potential is held back by weak investment and low employment among low-skilled workers Employment is hampered by skills mismatches and low mobility. Low-skilled labour supply greatly exceeds demand, especially in disadvantaged regions. The public works program has increased employment, but has a poor record in reintegrating the non-employed to regular work. One of the recommendations is: ‘avoid increasing the minimum wage by more than warranted by inflation and productivity developments, and consider even freezing it for some time’.



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