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Working in Hungary

Despite the fact that Hungary has had to face economic hardships in the past, a major employment trends survey indicates that hiring is now on the rise. The unemployment rate in Hungary is no worse than any other European country. Furthermore fewer people are being laid off.

Companies from varying sectors such as telecommunications, IT, insurance & banking use Budapest as their base for operations, while production takes place in other locations across Hungary. A lot of these companies do not require people who speak Hungarian. Many customer support departments, serving across Europe are also situated in Budapest. Due to this there are many jobs available for not only English speakers, but people with German, Spanish and French language skills.

The work environment in Hungary is not as pressured as in most countries of the developed world. However, work conditions in multinational companies based in Hungary are similar to those found in North America or Western Europe. Conditions in smaller companies differ according to industry and financial status. A work week means 40 working hours and not all companies pay overtime. Annual leave in Hungary is a standard 21 days.

Since Hungary is a member of the European Union, citizens of most EU countries will not need a work permit or a work visa to take up employment in Hungary. Almost everyone else will have to get a work permit and a work visa. In most cases the employer helps you to get the work permit. To get a work visa, you must have a work permit, proof of accommodation and a labor agreement.


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