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Production line at the Mercedes factory in Kecskemét | source: gyar.mercedes-benz.hu

German carmakers feel Hungarian labor shortage

D&T
October 19, 2016

Executives of German carmakers Audi and Daimler complained about labour shortage in Hungary this Wednesday, adding that efforts to improve worker mobility and local infrastructure were needed, the financial website portfolio.hu reports.

"There are some reasons for concern," Audi Hungaria Managing Director Peter Kössler said during a roundtable talk at the Automotive Hungary exhibition on Wednesday.

"If we think of human capital, we see problems in the necessary quantity as well as finding sufficiently skilled colleagues," Reuters cited him as saying.

Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary Chief Executive Christian Wolff said Daimler's decision to expand in Hungary, which will create 2,500 jobs, was a reflection of a good local investment environment, but he also flagged difficulties. 

"The labour situation will definitely pose a challenge for the future," Wolff said. "We need to work hand in hand with the government and local authorities."

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