Nurses to receive pay rise of 18% from July

The government has set aside 50 billion forints (EUR 135.4m) for wage hikes this year.

Péter Takács, the state secretary in charge of healthcare, said nurses and auxiliary healthcare staff will benefit from a pay rise of 18% from July.

The state secretary said the government has set aside 50 billion forints (EUR 135.4m) for the wage hikes this year, adding that some 84,000 nurses and 24,000 technicians will get higher salaries. Employers are set to receive 57,600 forints each month per employee for the purpose, he added. The state secretary referred to a qualified nurse who has been working for 4-6 years, noting that their salary will increase from 423,000 forints to 499,000 forints on July 1. A nurse with 20 years of experience is set to earn as much as 583,000 forints, he added. Takács also announced that the government was planning to take “an even larger step” in its pay rise programme for health workers next March to “prevent the wage gap between doctors and nurses from deepening further”.