Hungary - Pay rise does not deliver - December 31, 2017

Notwithstanding an announced 12% pay increase in public healthcare, the effect on the wage of skilled care workers is negligible. The anomaly is due to the manner in which the salaries are calculated. As the guaranteed minimum wage was adopted many skilled healthcare workers saw their pay improve as they were adjusted to the minimum wage of skilled workers in other sectors. However, much of the wage increase took the form of a payment supplement that bridged the gap between the low salaries of skilled healthcare workers and the guaranteed monthly minimum wage of HUF 161,000 (519 euro) in other sectors. Although the 12% increase applies to skilled healthcare workers as well, their salary has not reached the guaranteed minimum wage. But it gets closer to the guaranteed minimum wage and the government simply reduces the payment supplement. As a consequence, the remuneration of skilled healthcare workers stalls.

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