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Factsheet for measure HU-2005-40/2472 Updated – measures in Hungary

Labour Utilisation Survey

Munkaerő-gazdálkodási felmérés

Country Hungary , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 October 2005 – 01 April 2020
Context Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Smoothing frictions or reallocation of workers
Author Nóra Krokovay (KOPINT-Tárki) and Eurofound
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 07 November 2022)

Background information

Every quarter, local branch offices of the Ministry for National Economy ask companies in their respective regions about foreseen recruitment and layoffs by occupation, as well as the form of employment, should there be new hires.

The main aim and function of the survey is to create a new link of communication between a large pool of employers and the National Employment Agency to obtain information on both the planned staff expansions and reductions. Another explicit goal is to provide information for young people who are considering their career choices, employees in general, employers and investors, to help all these stakeholders make sound decisions about work.

The survey was discontinued in 2020, the last publication was for the first quarter of 2020.

Content of measure

In the Labour Utilisation Survey, public and private employers are asked about their plans regarding recruiting and layoffs. The survey covers all economic sections (at NACE level 1) and includes firms and organizations of all sizes. The distribution of the sample by size and section, however, differs from the distribution in the economy.

The survey examines the employee headcount of the businesses and the expected changes during the following quarter and the following year. The survey, despite having a sample size of more than 12,000 companies, is not representative regarding several dimensions, and its questionnaire is self-administered.

The survey was conducted by the National Employment Service and was funded by the Ministry of Finance.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

01 April 2020

This measure was discontinued in April 2020.

Use of measure

In the first quarter of 2020, 12,528 employers responded to the survey; however, results are not representative of the Hungarian enterprises. The economic organisations involved in the survey employed 693,453 workers. At national level, the database represents 0.7% of registered business organisations – but 1.8% of actually operating business organisations – and 15.5% of employed persons. The response rate was 76% during the latest survey period. This survey has an outstandingly large sample size compared with other surveys conducted on behalf of the National Employment Services.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Public employment service
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions



  • 01 April 2020: Negyedéves munkaerő-gazdálkodási felmérés (Quarterly labour survey) 2020/1 (


Eurofound (2022), Labour Utilisation Survey, measure HU-2005-40/2472 (measures in Hungary), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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