The Hungarian government was among the first in Europe to recognise the importance and irreversibility of digital transformation: instead of protecting people and enterprises from digitalisation, the government wishes to prepare them for the expected changes. One of the key tasks for the Digital Success Programme launched at the end of 2015, is to boost the creation of value-added employment opportunities by taking advantage of digitalisation and, as such, to create more jobs than the number of jobs terminated in the wake of the digital transformation.

Two interconnected prerequisites of this programme are the creation of a sufficient number of digital jobs and the availability of a digitally competent labour force. A network infrastructure which is considered to be of high quality, even by EU standards, a 4G mobile internet service ranking 3rd in the world in terms of quality, an ICT and major automotive manufacturing presence, the contribution of their suppliers, and the availability of a highly-skilled, yet affordable, work force, all massively support the establishment of digital jobs.

It is important to note that Hungary, both in terms of ICT sector GDP share and the number of individuals employed in the sector, plays a leading role in the EU and as ranks much higher than other countries in the region. The so-called "digital economy" (which, besides the ICT sector, incorporates the digital activities of other sectors), has a GDP of 21%, while its share of employment amounts to 15%.

There is a huge battle for fundamental resources - skilled professionals - in the digital economy. The government aims to constantly broaden the variety of digitally competent workforce with a thoroughly-designed development framework which strives to develop basic digital competencies and to restructure professional IT education.

  • In autumn, 2016, under the auspices of the Digital Success Programme, a Hungarian Digital Education Strategy was established, which will not only introduce digital pedagogy methods in public education institutions, but will reshape adult and professional education, as well
  • The Hungarian Digital Export Development Strategy and the Hungarian Digital Startup Strategy aim to provide targeted development for two major areas of the digital economy
  • In order to support digital development in other sectors, the Ministry for National Economy launched an initiative, titled "INDUSTRY 4.0 Platform", and the government approved the Irinyi Plan, (named after the Hungarian inventor of safety matches), which target the harmonised development of seven major sectors, with ICT being one of them.
  • The Digital Labour Force Programme will be launched this year. This scheme incorporates the legal and development policy guidelines and measures, for all education levels and labour markets, which are necessary to make a digitally competent labour force available
  • One of the first programme measures is that, in line with such plans, IT-major university students can receive a special state scholarship, and a temporary, 3-year, BA-level (Bachelor of Profession) course will be launched at the Technical University of Budapest

In forthcoming years, besides making the internet available and affordable for everyone, developing the infrastructure, digitalising the country and other already-commenced activities, the Hungarian government will strive to make enterprises and employees better-prepared for the digital transformation.

Whether you visit Hungary as a private individual and plan to stay only for a long weekend, or you are visiting our country with long-term investment plans, we will be happy to see you. You may want to check for yourself that our CEBIT stand logo is no exaggeration. Innovation really feels at home in Hungary.