Labor & Education

Government gives HUF 3 billion to support summer employment of students

The "Summer Student Work" program starting in June will provide 16-25-year-olds with full-time work experience and income.

Sándor Bodó, the Secretary of State for Employment Policy at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, said that the program will run from mid-June to the end of August. Students can register with the relevant district or metropolitan district office from June 15 and start working from July 1. 

Since 2013, more than HUF 20 billion has helped 210,000 secondary school students find holiday work. In one of the programs this year, students can work for regional and local governments and their basic municipal institutions, as well as for ecclesiastical legal entities. Students can work for a maximum of 6 hours per day, and the employer can receive the full wage as a subsidy for up to two months. 

The program will also support the seasonal work of students in agriculture and tourism and hospitality this year. In the latter area, this can also help Hungarian companies overcome the difficulties caused by the coronavirus. For this program, employment of up to 8 hours per day is eligible for aid. As a wage subsidy, 75 percent of the wage will be paid to the employer for a maximum of two months. 

The monthly salary is HUF 164,250 per person for jobs requiring skills, and HUF 125,550 per person for those where professional skills are not required. In the case of shorter-term employment, the subsidy is reduced proportionately. 

The unemployment rate for young people was close to 30 percent before 2010. It has now fallen to less than half that, Bodó said. Compared to the EU average of over 17 percent, the youth unemployment rate in Hungary is 12.5 percent, he added. 

The state secretary emphasized that the government is taking more action to support youth employment. Since October last year, the Enterprise Workforce Support Program has enabled nearly 7,000 jobseekers under the age of 25 to find employment. In the expanded program starting in June, companies employing young people can receive a total of up to HUF 600,000 over six months, he added.

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