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.
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 .