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Factsheet for measure HU-2005-40/2472 – Updated – measures in Hungary
|Country||Hungary , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 October 2005 – 01 April 2020|
|Context||Restructuring Support Instruments|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
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)|
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.
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.
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.
Employees in standard employment
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2022), Labour Utilisation Survey, measure HU-2005-40/2472 (measures in Hungary), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/HU-2005-40_2472.html
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