Working in Budapest

Budapest has a large population but although there are some highly skilled citizens in the city, there is still room for more skills which means chances of employment for expats.

Expats considering working in Budapest will need to secure a job before going through the somewhat tedious process of acquiring a visa and work permit. However, EU and EEA nationals working in Budapest only need a valid passport to work legally in Budapest.
 

Job market in Budapest


Hungary's working hours are one of the world's longest, and the pay tends not to measure up to other European countries. As a result, Hungary as a whole, and specifically Budapest, are suffering a brain drain due to some of the citizens leaving for better prospects in countries such as the UK or Germany.
 
At this stage some of the top markets open in Budapest for expats looking for a job include sectors such as the information technology industry, teaching English, education, finance, construction, as well as some other business industries.
 

Finding a job in Budapest


Many expats secure a job before making their move to the country, as this will only simplify things in terms of having to find a place to stay. One of the most common ways to find work in Budapest, and perhaps the most straightforward, is to work for a multinational company and make a transfer.

Other options include online job portals and local newspapers in Budapest.
 

Work culture in Budapest 


In the workplace, Hungarian is commonly spoken and an inability to speak it can become a challenging issue when trying to bridge the communication gap. To minimise this, it is important that expats pursuing a job in Budapest take the time to learn at least basic Hungarian to ease the adjustment.
 
Being punctual and dressing neatly are both important aspects of work conduct. Expats can also benefit by observing the conduct of their coworkers and following suit.

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