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Factsheet for measure HU-2021-40/2156 – measures in Hungary
|Country||Hungary , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 October 2021 – 31 January 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Flexibilisation and security
|Author||Nóra Krokovay (KOPINT-Tárki) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||12 January 2022 (updated 08 June 2022)|
The HUF 70 billion (€194.4 million) government programme was launched in order to support training programmes at workplaces, to increase resilience and productivity at companies. The programme’s details are outlined in the statutory instrument 1300/2021. The upper limit of the subsidy per employee is HUF 200,000 (about €555), or HUF 300,000 for targeted vulnerable groups. The scheme is meant to provide an incentive for employers to keep on employees and to raise their wages, as these are conditions upon which the assistance can become a grant (without a repayment obligation). The ministry also outlined as a goal "in light of experiences gained in the pandemic" the need for employees to be flexible in their work skills.
The government subsidy goes towards training costs as well as the cost of wages for downtime due to training – if requested by the employer. The subsidy is different according to company size: for micro- and SMEs - 70%, medium-sized firms - 60%, large corporations - 50%. The grant is non-repayable based on conditions of implementation, which, if not met, create a repayment responsibility. The conditions determine repayment to different degrees, a maximum of 140 points can be earned for effectiveness in meeting the following criteria:
When earning 100 points or more, the support becomes a 100% non-repayable grant. Fewer points earned means that a proportional amount of the support must be repayed. (For example, if 80 points are earned, 20% of the support amount must be repayed.)
Training can be internal or external and it can involve improving professional skills, soft skills, ITC skills or language skills.
The Ministry of Innovation and Technology estimated at the launch that 70,000-100,000 employees could benefit from the programme.
Employees in standard employment
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No known involvement of social partners.
Social partners have not express any views on this measure.
Eurofound (2022), Employee training for business resilience, measure HU-2021-40/2156 (measures in Hungary), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/HU-2021-40_2156.html
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