English Language Jobs in Budapest
What do I need to know? Table of Content:
- Recently added English Language Jobs
- Jobs for Americans
- How is the daily work as a foreigner in Budapest?
- What salary can I expect as a foreigner?
- Language Knowledge Information
- For Job Listers: How to appear here?
English Language Jobs in Budapest are usually open in large international operating companies such as Microsoft, IBM or GE. For international companies Budapest or Hungary in general is a great opportunity to build up a Central European subsidiary or to outsource parts of their production (such as Audi in Győr or Mercedes in Székesfehérvár) due to the Central location which is still close to Western Europe as well as the fairly low wages that need to be paid. Therefore many international companies settled in one of Budapest’s many office buildings located in and around the city. Find below current English Language openings based in Budapest.
Recently added English Language Jobs in Budapest:
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Budapest Jobs for Americans
Jobs in Budapest only for American citizens can be found at the Embassy of the United States of America who have openings from time to time. Otherwise all English language jobs in Budapest also suit Americans of course who can apply just like every other person speaking English. The advantage for Americans and also other native English speakers is of course that their level of English is far better than for example the one of a German, Italian or Chinese.
Further to the US embassy of course American companies located in Budapest offer jobs for Americans but in some companies Hungarian is mandatory as well but this is always depending on the position. Companies such as Google, GE, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle all have large subsidiaries in Budapest often to serve their Central European activities so that Budapest is often seen as a CE hub for a worldwide acting cooperation. American firms often have a EU headquarter e.g. in Dublin from where they are steering their European activities and in Hungary they have another subsidiary from where they operate all activities in the east of Germany.
So there are great chances to find a job in Budapest as US citizen but a bit of Hungarian knowledge (or at least the effort to learn) is of advantage. The best is of course if an America born also speaks business fluent Hungarian.
The daily work life as a foreigner in Budapest / Hungary
I myself am not a native Hungarian speaker even though after almost 9 years in Budapest my Hungarian knowledge is fairly good. However as I started I experienced what it is like to be a foreigner in Hungary and how to get on with the colleagues and the work. Many Hungarians especially the younger generation is speaking a good level of English however there are still many people who are not able to communicate in English. Also the level of care with foreigners is not too high among some Hungarians even though the majority is very helpful and caring.
Still you will be confronted with a certain amount of Hungarian conversations and emails that you will not understand as it is normal for a foreigner in a country with a language you do not speak. So it is important to keep a few things in mind when working in Hungary if you only speak English:
- Have a contact person with good English language who is helpful to answer your questions or is willing to help you understand written texts. This is not only important for work but also for administrative issues.
- Always ask to please speak in English with you. This will help you but in order to pay respect you should start learn Hungarian so that your colleagues see that you are serious about language. Do not simply use everybody to make it right for you.
- Make the effort to understand what people want from you. As above start to learn Hungarian this will not only impress your colleagues but also Hungarians in your private life. They will reward the effort a lot. Take note, use Google translate to help you and show that you learned something.
With these 3 points you will be able to survive for a while but nothing is better than start learning Hungarian as soon as possible. By the way, ask your employer if they can pay for it as many companies do offer language courses for their employees.
What salary can I expect as a foreigner working in Budapest?
The salary level is below Western European or American standards and may sound very low at first. There has been a benchmark published by the recruitment company Hays named “Hays Hungary Salary Guide and Market Overview” with average salary figures in different industries and positions. To name a few examples that might fit for English speakers as a job opportunities the average salary for an expert in a specific IT sector is around 1.100.000 HUF (currently ~3.750€). An International Sales Manager is earning around 1.500.000 HUF (currently ~5.120€) and a Marketing Manager roughly 850.000 HUF (currently ~2.900€). All numbers are gross salaries. Considering that the average salary according to Wikipedia currently is 200.000 HUF gross in Hungary overall the above figures appear in a much better light. Find below more data to see what you can expect to be paid in Hungary.
2013 Average Salary by certain position in Budapest
|Position||Average monthly gross salary
|Shopping Mall Manager||1.200.000 HUF (~ 4.100 €)
|Team Leader Project Engineering||750.000 HUF (~ 2.560 €)
|Expert in specific Technology||1.100.000 HUF (~ 3.760 €)
|Spa Manager||550.000 HUF (~ 1.880 €)
|Software Development Lead||850.000 HUF (~ 2.900 €)
|Clinical Operations Director||1.750.000 HUF (~ 5.980 €)
|International Sales Manager||1.500.000 HUF (~ 5.120 €)
|Distribution Center Manager||1.200.000 HUF (~ 4.100 €)
|Retail Area Manager||700.000 HUF (~ 2.390 €)
|Marketing Manager||850.000 HUF (~ 2.900 €)
|International Sales Director||1.600.000 HUF (~ 5.470 €)
|Regional Finance Director||1.500.000 HUF (~ 5.120 €)|
|Project Manager||750.000 HUF (~ 2.560 €)|
Overall one can say that the salary level is low but so are the cost of living and at the end of the month you should be able to live a decent live.
Level of English that should be spoken
As written above many English language jobs in Budapest or all over Hungary can be found in foreign companies with a subsidiary in Budapest so that there is more than a basic level of English language knowledge required. There is no number or grade you have to have but it always depends on your personal level of English language. Of course a world wide recognized test may help you but once in an interview for an opening it is you who needs to speak and present yourself and recruiters will evaluate if the level of English knowledge is enough for the position or not.
In general one can say that a business fluent English is required as soon as the job contains any English language tasks. However there are jobs even in American companies which by definition require English but the employees do not speak English at all. This can be found across many companies but is usually an exception.
How to appear here as a Job Lister?
To appear among the list of English Language Jobs is very easy. In the first step of the job submission there is a field called “Tags (comma separated)” which looks like this:
Simply tag your job listing with the word english (this applies for all other languages as well, you can also add more skills here separated with a comma) and the listing will be identified as a position that requires at least English which than will appear here.
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