Hungary’s public employment scheme workers will not be getting raises in 2016, reports Hungarian print daily Magyar Nemzet. Public workers lacking higher education or technical skills will continue to net some HUF 52,000 (USD 180) per month sweeping streets, cleaning gutters, cutting grass and tilling fields.
Although the government increased the minimum wage for those employed in the primary labor market, some 213,000 Hungarians engaged in public work year-round will continue to earn substantially below minimum wage. According to Magyar Nemzet the wage gap between minimum wage earners and public employment scheme workers has increased HUF 3,000 (USD 10.4) from HUF 17,000 to over HUF 20,000 a month.
Public spending on workfare is set to increase to HUF 340 billion (USD 1.17 billion) in 2016.