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Hungary - Finding Employment
Even with a thriving job market, expats can find it hard to secure a job in Hungary. The Hungarian government enacted a law that gives priority to its citizens when it comes to job allocations. Moreover, companies are required to provide proof that they cannot find a local Hungarian to hire before considering expats. For this reason, most companies are unwilling to go through the paperwork of securing permission for work and work permits for international workers.
Finding Work As An Expat
Despite the barriers, there are some ways to find employment in Hungary as an expat. One of these is to look for transfers to Hungary from a company you work for. If the company from your home country has offices in Hungary, the transition is easier. Alternatively, find out if there are international companies connected to your organization that have set up business in Hungary. Such companies may more likely to hire you.
There is also a high demand for international workers to occupy specific positions in the Hungarian job market. Most expats workers finding employment in Hungary fill up positions in IT and telecommunication, ACCA accounting jobs, project management and certified auditor jobs. Some migrants are also needed fill front desk and admin jobs whose qualification requirements are minimal. You would only need to be fluent in English and to have Hungarian as a second language. You can also work as an English teacher in Hungary.
Hungary has several online portals where expats can apply for employment. Some of these websites include Jobs Info, Jobs Monitor, CV Online, Career Het, Workania and Learn4Good. These job sites provide the opportunity to search for specific vacancies in your area of expertise. You can also use job sites as an opportunity to gauge the climate of the Hungarian job market. Find out what duties expat employees perform in your particular field of work. You can also research salary expectations for certain positions. Such information will be vital, especially when you go for an interview.
Migrants looking for English teaching jobs also have specific websites to go to. Examples of websites that are seeking English teachers include ESL employment, ESL café, Total ESL, and Tesall. You can use these sites to research job descriptions of English teachers in Hungary, and to find areas where the demand for such teachers is high.
Other websites with plenty of information about working in Hungary include Transitions Abroad, Overseas Jobs and Expat Arrivals. It is also possible to find Hungarian jobs by creating connections on LinkedIn. You can also join professional job groups formed by expats working in Hungary on LinkedIn
Job placements in Hungary rely on recruitment agencies. Very few job applications go through the HR department of a company, so a cover letter is not always necessary when job hunting. Expats can submit their CV and other necessary documents to job agencies, who then save the information on their databases. The agency will then try to link you to a potential employer, and should only call a candidate when there is a scheduled interview. Remember that priority is given to Hungarian citizens, so it is wise to not rely on this channel alone.
A job interview in Hungary takes a three-tier approach. The first phase is merely an introduction, where the employer and employee get to know each other. This first interview will set the pace for the second interview, which will involve a professional panel. Successful candidates will then go to the third and final phase, where the working terms are negotiated. At this stage, you will be required to state your salary expectations and any compensations you may require when working for the company.
The intensity of the interview will depend on the job you are applying for. High ranking jobs such as IT consultants or managerial positions will often use the three-tier interview approach. Other opportunities such as front desk, cleric or tutoring jobs may only require a single interview.
Employees in Hungary are entitled to a salary and additional benefits such as health insurance, sick leave, educational allowance and so on. Your salary range will depend on the job description and how high up it ranks in the employment market. Employees working admin jobs may get a salary of between US$773-US$889. Those doing specialized jobs such as IT consultants may get paid a salary of US$1200.
In most companies, employees are required to clock at most 40 hours a week. You will also be entitled to sick leave, maternity leave and annual leave if you are an international worker with a Hungarian national security number. Each employee gets a total of 15 sick leave days per year. Those on maternity leave will get a maximum of 24 weeks. As well as maternity leave, most employers also provide care benefits to support the child until they are three years old. Disabled persons are entitled to handicap assistance stipends to help promote equality at the work place.
Income tax applies to every employee who is on a regular salaried job. Hungary charges a flat tax rate of 15 percent on all incomes. Expats are taxed whether they are paid within Hungary or from abroad. Expats on permanent residency will also be taxed on all other income channels they may have.
Your social security card will also grant you an EU health card as a foreigner working in Hungary. The EU health card has privileges such as free medical treatment in case of emergencies, no matter which EU country you are in.
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