2019-2021: Possible means to address labour shortages in the health and social sectors (in Hungarian)

The Kopint Foundation for Economic Research participates in the project as a subcontractor of the Independent Health Trade Union (FESZ). 

The project aims to make proposals to reduce labour shortages in the health sector in order to make health and social services stable and sustainable. The project examines how to persuade more young people to choose a health or social profession and how to attract back qualified professionals who have left the profession or the country. 

In order to draw feasible conclusions and formulate appropriate proposals, the project relies on thorough comprehensive research by processing domestic and international experiences and surveying the employees  

The task of the Kopint Foundation for Economic Research in the project are as follows: 

  • study on international “good practices” that have been effective in recruiting health professionals,
  • study on the earnings and income conditions of Hungarian health professionals in a macroeconomic comparison and on their workload, analysis of the impact of wage increases in the last 2 years, 
  • compiling and testing a questionnaire on the income situation, work schedule, workload, satisfaction, opinion and suggestions of health professionals,
  • based on the evaluation of the nearly 800 questionnaires received, formulating proposals on possible means of reducing the labour shortage in the sector. 

As not only the number of health professionals emigrating from Hungary to EU countries is high, but also the European Union is struggling with a significant labour shortage, the project will make proposals to address the cross-border movement of health professionals at EU level.