Employees in Hungary

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Working Conditions

Opening Hours
  • Legal Weekly Duration
40 hours per week
  • Maximum Duration
60 hours per week
  • Night Hours
Work carried out between 22 hours and 6 hours is classified as night work.
Working Rest Day
A 48 hours rest period is required during any seven day period.
Paid Annual Vacation
The standard number of days of annual leave is 21. The amount of days of holiday will increase according to your age. The older you are the more days of holiday you get. Example: 21 days from age 25, 22 days from age 28, 23 days from age 31, 24 days from age 33, 25 days from age 35, etc.
Retirement Age
20 years in service and minimum 62 years.
Child Labor and Minimum Age For Employment
The law protects children from exploitation in the workplace. Children under 16 are prohibited from working, except under certain conditions, such as temporary work during school vacations for those between 14 and 16. Children may not work night shifts, overtime, or at hard physical labor.
Informal Labor Market
Quite important especially on construction sites and cash related jobs (hairdresser, plumber, etc).

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The Cost of Labor


Minimum Wage
65.500 HUF (262 EUR) in 2007
Average Wage
Average monthly gross earnings in Hungary is HUF 191,930 (USD 1,000).
Other Forms of Pay
  • Pay For Overtime
+25% - 50% depending on the overtime
  • Pay For Rest Days Worked
According to collective agreements
  • Pay For Night Hours
  • Pay For Overtime at Night
Like overtime

Social Security Costs

The Areas Covered
The Hungarian social insurance system contains the following elements:
- Health service (although there is a public healthcare system, private health insurance is considered very important by Hungarians. Many foreigners living/working in Hungary invest in private healthcare cover or negotiate cover as part of their employment conditions.)
- Social care
- Family and Child welfare
- Pensions and assistances
- Unemployment assistance
- Education.
Contributions Paid By the Employer: Medical insurance 1950 HUF
social security 11%
pension insurance 18%
unemployment insurance 3%
training contribution 1,5%
Contributions Paid By the Employee: Social security is paid by employees at the follow amounts: pension contribution: 8.5%, health care contribution: 4%, Unemployment contribution: 1%.
Competent Organization
Social and Employment MInistry
Social security

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