30,000 students participate in summer jobs scheme

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Some 30,000 students participated in a state-supported program that placed them in temporary summer jobs, state secretary for employment policy Sándor Bodó said, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The government allocation for the program was raised from HUF 3 billion to HUF 3.65 bln due to high interest, Bodó said.

Almost 25,000 of the students got summer jobs with municipal councils.

Under the scheme, local councils were eligible for subsidies covering 100% of payroll costs for students, although work hours were limited to six a day. Students could earn a gross monthly HUF 164,250 for skilled jobs and HUF 125,550 for unskilled work.

Businesses in the farm, tourism and catering sectors were eligible for subsidies covering 75% of payroll for students who could work up to eight hours a day.

The subsidies were available for a maximum of two months from July 1.

The summer jobs scheme has supported the placement of almost 250,000 students in temporary positions with subsidies of over HUF 23 bln since its launch in 2013.

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