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Recognition of physical labor growing, Hungarian workers think

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Contrasting with trends in previous years, Hungarian employees no longer think that white collar jobs automatically grant higher pay and better recognition than blue collar roles, research by profession.hu reveals.

The last two years were typified by companies aiming to retain physical workforce, with a skilled laborer paid 19% more than someone in office administration, a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal says.

Three out of ten respondents believe that one could earn more money as a skilled labor than in an office job, with 38% seeing no relevant difference between the perceived salaries. White collar jobs are still ahead in terms of recognition, with only 15% believing that blue collar workers are better recognized by society. However, one-third believe that there is no significant difference in terms of recognition.

According to profession.hu, the trend is a result of several companies paying special attention to keeping their blue collar workers in 2017 and 2018. In its "Global HR" survey in 2011, only 24% of companies raised salaries for this reason, while in 2017, 57% did.

Last year, 39% of companies raised the salary of physical workers once, and 23% did so twice. Thus far this year, half of the companies questioned have raised blue collar salaries once, and 14% twice. Due to the high fluctuation rates, there is good reason to raise pay, the press release says, as more than 90% of manual workers plan on changing not only jobs, but fields as well.

According to profession.huʼs data, on average administrators, professional assistants, document managers, and personal assistants receive salaries 19% lower than a manual worker.

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