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Corporate tax cuts to compensate wage hikes

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

A pro-government columnist explains that the government has to take cautious but nonetheless painful decisions to ease the burden on enterprises where wage costs have substantially increased lately as a result of the labour shortage in several professions. READ MORE

Left-wing debate on higher wages

Friday, August 11th, 2017

A left-wing political economist believes that in order to boost productivity, the state needs to intervene and boost wages. A left-wing commentator, on the other hand, fears that higher wages would increase first and foremost alcohol and tobacco consumption. READ MORE

Jobbik calls for European wage equality

Monday, July 10th, 2017

As the Jobbik party calls for European level wages for Hungarian employees, a former Minister of Industry and Trade cautions against such state intervention. READ MORE

Opposition struggles to respond to government’s welfare measures

Friday, December 9th, 2016

A liberal analyst writes that the Left is failing to react to a new series of welfare measures introduced by the government. The main problem, he suggests, is the lack of an overall message. READ MORE

Government proposes wage hikes

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

A conservative commentator welcomes the government’s announcement of a six year massive wage hike cycle. He believes that this programme will increase Hungary’s competitiveness and increase the added value produced in the country. READ MORE

Government ponders payroll tax cut

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Two economists doubt that the government’s plan to reduce payroll taxes would help boost the economy and improve employment.  READ MORE

Real wages grow by 8 per cent

Friday, June 24th, 2016

A conservative columnist commenting on record real wage growth believes that the government is on the right track to boost the economy. READ MORE

Health service pay rise offers rejected

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

As health workers’ trade unions reject the government’s pay hike scheme, a health care manager advocates the rationalization of services and the abolition of ‘gratitude money’. READ MORE

64 doctors against ‘gratitude money’ demand healthcare reforms

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

As doctors demand higher wages to end so called ‘gratitude payments’ and stop the emigration of health care personnel from Hungary, a centrist columnist thinks that ending the system of illegal payments in hospitals is close to impossible. READ MORE

The paradox of low wages

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

A business commentator points out that the low wage level which has so far boosted investment in Hungary is becoming increasingly problematic for companies, as many qualified workers leave the country. He suggests that the government should intervene in order to increase wages and maintain Hungary’s competitiveness. READ MORE