- 21 Apr 2018 7:38 AM
- Hungary Matters
Net wages climbed at the same pace to reach 203,826 forints. Calculating with annualised CPI of 1.9% in February, real wages rose by 9.8%. Excluding workfare employees, the average gross wage rose by 10.6% to 318,511 forints.
Gross wages in the private sector, which includes state-owned companies, were up 10.6% at 316,606 forints, without fostered workers. Gross wages in the public sector increased by 10.7% to 327,992 forints.
In January-February, gross wages were up 12.9% with and rose by 11.7% without fostered workers from a year earlier. Excluding fostered workers, business sector gross wages grew by 11.8% and public sector wages increased by 11.2% in the period.
The number of employees was up 1.4% overall at 3,115,400 in February and rose by 1.3% to 3,026,900 in January-February. Excluding the 81,619 fostered workers at the end of the second month of the year, the rise was 3% in February and 2.9% in the first two months.
The number of business sector employees rose by 3.3% to 2,121,000 in February without the fostered workers in the sector. The number rose 3.2% in January-February. Without fostered workers, the number of public sector employees was up 1.6% at 703,800 in February.
The January-February figure was up 1.6% year on year at 703,100. State secretary for public finances Péter Benő Banai, commenting on the KSH figures, said that it was realistic to expect wage growth of more than 10% this year.
Wage growth boosts economic performance across the board, he told public news channel M1. Based on wage data from the first two months of this year, economic growth is likely to be above 4% this year, he added.
András Horváth of Takarékbank told MTI that the bank’s analysts expect annual wage growth to reach 10% in 2018 due to shortages of qualified labour, significant wage rises in the public sector and the minimum wage rises. He estimated real wage growth of close to 7.5% in 2018.
He added that the pace of the increase could slow down due to last year’s stronger base figures. Dávid Németh of K&H Bank forecast 10% wage growth in gross and net terms this year and 8% wage growth in real terms.
Analyst Péter Virovácz of ING Bank and Gergely Ürmössy agreed that annual wage growth could reach double-digit figures again this year.
Private sector wages in Hungary are set to rise by 12-13% this year, daily Magyar Idők said on Friday, citing business and union leaders.