- 12 Oct 2018 7:38 AM
- Hungary Matters
The rate at companies employing 20-49 people stands at 74%, while it is 95% at companies employing more than 250. About 41% of the survey respondents said they top up employees’ SZÉP voucher cards, which may be used for catering, accommodation and recreation, while 40% offer start-of-school support and 29% pay benefits in cash.
More than 10% pay into health care and voluntary pension funds or offer staff canteen and gift vouchers. Less than 10% offer employees support to pay off student loans, or for accommodations, kindergarten, crèches or life or health insurance.
Among big companies, 73% used SZÉP card top-ups and 66% offered commuting support and Erzsébet food vouchers. At SMEs, the most popular forms of non-wage benefits are commuting support and Erzsébet vouchers.
The representative survey was of 400 company managers. Three-fourths of the managers were at SMEs and the rest at big companies employing more than 250 people.
Hungary’s Parliament earlier approved legislation that will limit nonwage benefits on which employers enjoy tax preferences to SZÉP card top-ups from next year. However, daily Magyar Idők said on Wednesday it learnt the government could consider a partial rollback of that measure.