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Lázár: 15% of state-employed workers could lose their jobs

Cabinet Chief János Lázár will propose that the government cut 15% of staff employed in state administration bodies as part of the 2017 budget act, the politician said today during his weekly press conference, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

Cabinet Chief János Lázár and government spokesperson Zoltán Kovács arrive at the press conference today. (Photo: MTI/Tibor Illyés)

The cabinet chief said the government is considering creating an incentive program for bureaucrats who volunteer to resign from their state positions, awarding them a HUF 5-10 million bonus if they do not apply for a job in the public sector for 10-15 years, MTI reported.

According to Lázár, approximately one million people are employed by the Hungarian state, and their salaries are being paid for by 3.3 million employees working in the private sector, MTI reported. Lázár said he will propose that the number of employees in public sector district offices be cut from 36,000 to 30,000 by the end of the year in exchange for a 50% pay raise for the remaining employees, according to MTI.