Cultural managements

The wages of cultural workers will increase from January

Employees in the culture sector will benefit from a 20 percent pay rise from January 1, Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler said on Wednesday.

The salary increase is a reflection of the government’s recognition of their work as well as an incentive to stick to their profession, the minister said in a video posted on Facebook.

The Hungarian government sees culture as a priority, he said, adding that Hungary’s spending in this area over the past four years has been the highest in the European Union as a proportion of GDP.

As we reported yesterday, Budapest transport staff are also planning a ‘record’ hike. Budapest public transport company BKV will use a total of 10.5 billion forints (28.4 million euros) to raise the salaries of some 10,000 employees next year, the business daily Világgazdaság reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper said the move would increase base wages by an average of 15 percent, noting that the last increase in a similar range was in 2017. The city leadership also plans to spend an additional 15 billion forints on giving a 15 percent pay rise to nearly 18,000 employees of the city’s municipal enterprises as part of a 3-year deal with unions to adjust wages based on minimum wage changes, the newspaper said .

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Source: MTI