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Changes sought to beef up +55 employment

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Attitudes among employers and employees need to change if Hungary is going to increase hiring among its older workers, representatives of business and workers’ associations said today.

Business association VOSZ and national trade-union association MOSZ are aiming to raise the employment numbers of citizens over the age of 55, MOSZ project director György Lajtai said today.  The two associations have formulated recommendations for the government, employers and civil organizations.

Although the number of people between 55 and 64 working in Hungary rose in the period of 2000-2013, from 240,000 to 530,000, this increase is due to the overall aging of the population, Lajtai noted. He also said that the unemployment rate in this particular age group tripled, to 16% in the given period, and half of this group have been unemployed for the long-term.

The most common impediments for people in this age group seeking employment are said to be poor health and lack of job skills.

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