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Hungarians most content with their workplaces in the region

Although continuously seeking better possibilities, 60% of Hungarians are content with their current workplaces, a proportion large enough to put the country onto the top of the regional list, recruitment company Grafton’s latest survey on employee attitudes showed.

The result might be surprising at first sight. Interestingly, this satisfaction mainly originates in the inflexibility and pessimism of the Hungarian employees in terms of their careers, which makes workers more accustomed to their current conditions, experts say. “Two thirds of Hungarians still think that the crisis is not over yet,” country manager of Grafton Recruitment Tamás Fehér said. People’s dark visions of the future makes them more prone to accept their workplace, he pointed out.

Hungarians’ lack of flexibility appears in several aspects of work seeking. More than half of those giving answers said that they would refuse a fixed-term employee contract, while 75% of Slovakians or Czechs would accept such a compromise in order to get a better job. Also, a part-time job is not an option for half of Hungarians while 80% of Romanians or Poles would have no problem with this condition. 53% of Hungarian employees also insist on the salary they had earlier and would not take a new job that offers lower payment.

Moving across borders is also rejected by most Hungarians but, interestingly enough, if a job turned up somewhere abroad, only a fourth of Hungarians would stay home by all means. In the region, only Romanians are less attached to their country with 90% of the population willing to leave their homes for better opportunities.

However, there are some positive aspects in which Hungary tops the list. More than a third of Hungarians surveyed get higher salaries now than a year earlier and only 21% reported having their wages lowered during the past year. Also, two thirds of the companies operating in Hungary give employees feedback regularly, a proportion far better than in Lithuania or in the Czech Republic – feedback hugely increases work satisfaction, the Grafton study emphasizes.