Wage growth slows to 9.1 percent

Year-on-year wage growth in Hungary slowed to 9.1 percent in August from 10.8 percent in July, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Friday show.

In absolute terms, the average gross monthly wage for full-time employees stood at 391,600 forints (EUR 1,063). The average net wage was 260,400 forints.

Calculating with twelve-month CPI of 3.9 in August, real wage growth stood at 5.0 percent.

Excluding the 90,400 Hungarians in fostered work programmes — who earned on average gross 81,700 forints in August — the average gross monthly wage in Hungary was 402,400 forints.

The average gross wage in the business sector, which includes state-owned companies, rose by 9.9 percent to 407,500 forints, excluding fostered workers. The average gross wage in the public sector, excluding fostered workers, increased by 7.1 percent to 393,700 forints.

For the period January-August, wage growth reached 9.9 percent.

People working in the ICT sector were the highest earners, getting a monthly gross 657,600 forints, while Hungarians in the commercial accommodations and catering sector had the lowest monthly pay of 251,700 forints.

KSH noted that men earned, on average, about 18.4 percent more than women in January-August.

Commenting on the data, state secretary for employment policy Sandor Bodo said the wage growth seen in the period January-August was as rapid as in previous periods. However, inflation reached 3.5 percent over the past eight months, he told public news channel M1, adding that there were signs that wage growth would slow in the coming period.

Wages in Budapest remain significantly higher than in other parts of the country, with those employed in the capital making over 20 percent more than workers in Gyor-Moson-Sopron County, Bodo said.

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