Find out how to find a job in Hungary in this article covering job market opportunities, work permits, and the general economic situation in the country.
Hungary is a full member of the European Union and has exceeded the regional average in recent years. In this article, we will assess its conditions on the labor market and analyze how to find a job in Hungary.
Introduction: the Hungarian labor market
Hungary is part of the European Union and part of the Schengen area. This means that one can enjoy several privileges while living in Hungary, such as traveling for free in the European Union and living in one of the most developed regions of the world.
The Hungarian economy is quite strong and diversified, with a high level of production in various sectors. Expatriate jobs are widely available in IT, engineering, and tourism.
Most of the jobs available for expatriates are in Budapest, the country’s capital. However, there are some exceptions; for example, companies like Mercedes-Benz have a factory in Kecskemet and Audi, which are located in Gyor.
Obtaining work, work permit and residence in Hungary
The procedure to start working in Hungary varies considerably depending on your nationality. If you are a citizen of the European Union or the European Economic Area, you can apply for a job under the same conditions as Hungarian citizens, and you do not need a work permit.
If you are not a citizen of the European Union / EEA, you will need to find an employer willing to support your work permit. The process usually takes around a month, and you will also need to organize some documents. Among them, the accommodation contract (rental contract or ownership certificate) and valid health insurance (generally regulated by the employer).
Unlike Western European countries like Germany or the UK, it is relatively easy to work as a non-European citizen in Hungary. This is because wages are less high in Hungary than in Western Europe.
Other business options to consider in Hungary.
Another option that you can think of if you are a native English speaker (or if you are very proficient in the subject) is TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). TEFL jobs are widely available in almost every country in the world. They are an excellent opportunity to start in a new country, even if you don’t know the official language of the country. There are many TEFL courses online that will help you find a job with a relatively low investment of time and money.
Working online can also be an option in some countries. It depends on your skills and income, as the cost of living varies considerably from country to state. You can refer to this link for a list of professions that can be performed remotely.
Interesting resources for working and living abroad
Do you plan to work and live abroad, temporarily, or permanently? Here are some resources you may find useful on the web:
World Nomads: this company offers travel insurance in most countries of the world. It could be a good option if you are going on a long trip.
Booking.com: Booking.com is the best choice for finding accommodation for your next trip, with a wide variety of choices for all types of travelers.
Jetradar: The best place to compare flights for your next trip.
You can also check out our website guides:
Train Travel Guide: In our train travel guide, you will learn how to choose and navigate the most scenic train routes in the world. Always travel in the most comfortable way with optimal prices to enhance your travel experience.
Guide to working abroad: Learn how to find a job and the conditions of employment in different countries. From the initial job search for negotiating wages, this guide will help you find a job in most countries of the world. It also covers more on distance work and TEFL jobs.