Paid Time Off (PTO)
All employees are entitled to a minimum of 20 days of paid vacation per year. Starting at the age of 25, the number of annual vacation days is raised by 1 day every 3 years during their twenties, and every 2 years during their thirties and forties.
There are 11 public holidays in Hungary but its custom to grant additional days e.g. 2nd St Stephen’s day in order to have a long weekend.
Employees are entitled to 15 days of sick leave per year, paid by the employer at a rate of 70% of the salary.
From the 16 days, the payment varies between 50%-60% depending on the term of service. 1/3 of the payment is paid by the employer and 2/3 are paid by the National Health Insurance Fund.
Women have 24 weeks of maternity leave but are allowed to take up to three years off and receive maternity benefits. For the first six months, mothers are entitled Pregnancy and Confinement Benefit (CSED) at a rate of 70% of the salary.
For the next eighteen months, until the child’s second birthday, mothers are entitled to Child Care Fee (Gyermekgondozási díj – GYED) at a rate of 70% of the salary up to a maximum of double the minimum wage.
A benefit called Child Home Care Allowance (Gyermekgondozási segély – GYES) is available for parents or grandparents taking care of a child up to the age of three.
The benefits are paid by National Health Insurance Fund of Hungary (NEAK).
Following the birth of their child, fathers are entitled to five days of paid leave, which they may take in one or in several parts until the end of the second month after the birth. Any income and taxes related to this period of supplementary leave are reimbursed to the employer by the Hungarian State Treasury.