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Government tables 2019 draft budget

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

A pro-government columnist and an independent analyst find the government’s draft budget well-balanced. A left-wing commentator speculates that the government will have even more opportunity to spend large sums at its own discretion. READ MORE

Wage increases – a factor in the election result

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

A business analyst argues that the consistent wage increases of the past three years played a significant role in the crushing electoral victory of Fidesz. He warns however that these were in part due to favourable international conditions. READ MORE

Wages expected to grow fast

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

An independent HR expert summarizes a new survey according to which wages will continue to surge in 2018, and suggests that this may slow down emigration. READ MORE

Doubts about Hungary’s growth model

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

A conservative commentator thinks that the Hungarian economy cannot sustain growth in the long run as Hungarian firms cannot significantly increase wages to stop emigration and ease the labor shortage. READ MORE

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