Share of telecommuters in Hungary triples in 2020

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The ratio of telecommuters in Hungary reached 8.6% last year, against the backdrop of the pandemic, triple the 2.9% average for the previous ten years, according to data compiled by the Central Statistical Office (KSH).

The number of Hungarians telecommuting all or some of the time tripled in March from around 100,000 in February as pandemic restrictions came into force. That number peaked at close to 760,000, or 17% of the employed, in May.

The number of telecommuters tapered off in the summer, but started to rise with the second wave of the pandemic, reaching 482,000 in February. About 4.3% of employed people telecommuted on a regular basis in February, while 6.6% did so occasionally.

The share of telecommuters in the capital reached 21.3% last year, while the ratio in the underdeveloped Northern Great Plain region stood at 4.8%.

Around 77% of telecommuters had a college or university degree. Women, Hungarians between the ages of 25 and 44, city dwellers and parents of children under 15, were also overrepresented among telecommuters.

About 18% of white-collar workers telecommuted last year, up from 4.2% in 2019. 

Around 10% of staff at companies with more than 50 people on payroll and about 11% of workers at state-owned companies telecommuted. 

A little over 39% of people in the ICT sector and almost 30% in financial services telecommuted in 2020.

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