Hungary Employment & Working Conditions — An Overview

Are you keen to immigrate to Hungary for work purposes? If yes, you need to know about Hungary Employment & Working Conditions. Hungary is known for its traditional working environment. Many Labor regulations are formed in such a way that the interests, and also the rights of the employee working in different sectors, are well protected.

Working conditions

In Hungary, the working conditions are quite similar with the working condition of Western Europe and North America. Employees working at Multinational Companies (MNCs) in Hungary find no difference in the working conditions. It is mainly due to the favorable Labor regulations.

When we compare the working conditions of smaller companies then there is a huge possibility that the smaller companies and startups may offer different levels of working conditions and not similar to the working condition of Western Europe and North America. It may also depend on the industry and also at the financial capabilities of the company.

In Hungary, the normal working week hours consists of 40 hours. That means in a week a person has to work for at least 40 hours. Working for more than 40 hours may or may not be considered as overtime.

Overtime in Hungary is not paid by each and every company. And not only this, the overtime in Hungary is also treated differently by different firms–depending on the type of position you hold, or the industry you work in, and even the prior agreement that you had with your employer at the time of joining. The best way is to ensure at the time of accepting the employment offer. Check whether the employment demands for extra hours or not.

Annual Leave

The number of days that a person working in Hungary is entitled to is 21. It is the so called standard annual leave. For the older workers, there are additional benefits. As the age of the employee increases with the age the amount of holidays will also increase, i.e., the older one gets, the more days of holiday that person is entitled to.


Wages like all other countries vary. There is no set standard. However, depending on the position and also on the language knowledge the person may earn more. The initial gross salary is around 200,000 HUF per month for administrative positions. It is 230,000 for the financial sector and 300,000 in the IT sector.

Like in all other North American and European nations, employers in Hungary are keen to offer allowances, like Luncheon vouchers, Internet access, travel contribution along with traveler’s cheques, school term allowance for kids. Depending on the company the allowances may vary.

Sick Leave

A worker is eligible for sick-pay if he is not in a position to work or completely incapable to work for the particular period. An employee in Hungary is entitled to get 15 days of sick-leave in one year. However, there is a provision attached with it. It is that the leave does not apply on the incapacity to work or perform responsibilities associated with your job due to an occupational disease or an industrial accident.

Based on the industrial accident pursuant and social insurance regulations, a person will get a sick-leave for the first 15 days where as insured person will be eligible for sick-leave and will get sick-pay starting from the day following the expiry of sick-leaves.

Maternity Leave

Like rest of the world, the workers working in Hungary are also entitled for maternity leave. The length of maternity leave in Hungary is 6 month or 24 weeks. After the expiration of maternity leaves, there are different types of maternity benefits offered to the workers. These maternity benefits are offered to the employees till the time the child is 3 years old.

Eligibility for Maternity Allowance

Maternity allowance in Hungary may be granted to persons, who are living in the Republic of Hungary,

  • if they are citizens of Hungary
  • Possess an immigration licence or a settlement permit,
  • Have received reorganization by the Hungarian authority as refugees.
  • Persons who are subject to Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 of the Council of 15 October 1968 which was the freedom movement for workers within the Community.
  • Citizens of nations that are part of the European Economic Area (EEA), only if they have a valid residence permit.


In order to reduce the disadvantages of the physically challenged people and also to provide them the foundation of equal opportunities, the Hungarian Parliament has created Law XXVI in the year 1998.

Handicap assistance is a monthly cash benefit programme where monetary benefits are shared with severely handicapped persons in order to promote equal opportunities among people.

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