There are more than 130 shared service centers (SSCs) currently operating in Hungary, employing almost 60,000 people. More than 80 percent of the companies in the sector use the services of Hungarian suppliers, for which a company spends an average of HUF 250 million a year.
The services in most demand are finance and accounting, real estate development, IT and telecommunications, PR and marketing, HR and training, logistics, travel and event management.
The number of SSCs is steadily increasing, with 75 percent of companies in the sector planning to expand further.
Last year, the National Investment Agency (HIPA) agreed to invest in 14 service centers, creating around 2,500 new jobs. Most of the SSC jobs are open to graduate, multilingual young people, and this is important because it allows newly graduated students to stay in their hometown, or at least within the country, while building an international career.
Although Budapest is still the number one target destination for SSCs, the infrastructure and labor market situation of large cities in the countryside is following the trends, so Debrecen, Pécs, Szeged, Székesfehérvár, Miskolc and Nyíregyháza are becoming home to more and more centers.