State secretary: Auchan’s pay rise hints at labor shortage

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French-based retail chain Auchan’s 10% average pay rise reveals that there is a shortage of workers in Hungary’s retail sector, Áron Márk Lenner, a deputy state secretary at the National Economy Ministry said in an interview with state-owned TV news channel M1 late yesterday.

According to the state secretary, the pay rise is an indication that supermarket chains have started to compete for staff. He added that the shortage in workers is especially visible in the western and central parts of the country.

The state secretary said he expects Auchan’s peers to follow suit. He reiterated that earlier fears that the Sunday closure law, a measure that has prevented most retailers from opening on Sundays since March 15, would lead to layoffs have proved to be unfounded.

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