Josef hírek

2012.06.03. 11:09

Hungary govt mulls minimum wage for career starters

Budapest, June 1 (MTI) - The government will consider introducing a special minimum wage for career starters, since the new labour code to come into force on July 1 enables differentiated minimum wages, the Economy Ministry said on Friday.

Budapest, June 1 (MTI) - The government will consider introducing a special minimum wage for career starters, since the new labour code to come into force on July 1 enables differentiated minimum wages, the Economy Ministry said on Friday.

The ministry said this would help career starters find a job and gain work experience. Of the 27 European Union states, 20 have defined the minimum wage and 11 use differentiated minimum wages, including the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. Countries that have introduced the system of differentiated minimum wages have reported an increase in the number of career starters finding employment, the ministry added.

 

The introduction of minimum wages differentiated by age would be introduced in such a way as to prevent lay-offs of older employees, the ministry said.

 

Minimum wages are most common for low-skilled jobs in the processing industry, agriculture and assembly plants, so the system will not affect highly qualified, multilingual youth, the ministry said. A tenth of career starters are currently employed at the minimum wage, it added.

 

Unemployment in the 14-25 age group in Hungary is currently 27 percent, with a total of 200,000 working and 70,000 jobless. The ministry attributed the figures to a dearth of skilled labour and work experience.

 

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