Hungary - Non-EU workers and students to offset a growing labour shortage - August 31, 2016

After building a more than 100-mile-long barrier to keep migrants out, Hungary is considering a plan to invite thousands of ‘guest workers.’ The economy minister backs up a proposal from the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists to recruit hundreds of thousands of migrants from outside the EU to offset a growing shortage of skilled labour. The government has warned for a wage explosion. The country lost 0.25% of its population in 2015, a decline largely driven by a falling birth rate. Tens of thousands of migrants are needed to make up for the labour shortage after years of low birth rate and emigration. In the meantime, students are frequently being sought for positions previously filled by full-time employees. Due to the high demand for student workers, their wages have risen 15-20% higher than the minimum wage level. The ratio of students on the labour market is believed to have increased recently by approximately 20-30%.

English: http://www.tol.org/client/article/26103-hungary-labor-migrants-guest-workers.html

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-04/hungary-s-labor-woes-may-trigger …

http://bbj.hu/economy/labor-shortage-triggers-better-pay-for-student-workers … 

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