Defense Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said on Thursday that Hungarian soldiers’ wages will increase further in 2024.
According to MTI, Minister Szalay-Bobrovniczky said wages are increasing by an average of 11% from January 2024 but it may vary depending on the category of staff. The government decided in 2022 to increase wages for soldiers in two steps: from September 2022 and from January 2024, he said. The tasks of the Hungarian Army increased considerably last year, with the Russia-Ukraine and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, and the migratory wave affecting Europe making it necessary to heighten the state of alert, he added. “These factors and the Hungarian Army’s international roles make it necessary to further enhance the appreciation of soldiers,” he said. The first phase of the increase was an average of 26.4% in September 2022.
Voluntary reserve soldiers and officer candidates are also eligible for the current increase of an average of 11%, the statement added.