Labor crisis: Romania doubles its “import” of workers from Asia

2017 was the first year when the quota of foreign workers (from third countries) was initially established – instead of 3,000 permanent workers, as initially estimated by employers, 3,211 people were employed. It is a sign that the shortage of personnel has increased so much that companies need to import labor to continue their development.

The quota of newly admitted workers for 2018 was set at 7000.

Exceeding the ceiling granted at the beginning of 2017 was also determined by the fact that former Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu and the Minister of Labor, Lia Olguța Vasilescu, mistakenly appreciated the evolution of the labor market – after an annual quota of 3,500 was approved in the previous three years. of permanent workers, they reduced the quota from 3,500 to 3,000.

Despite the fact that the businessmen invoke a deficit of hundreds of thousands of skilled workers, only in 2017 was exceeded the threshold of 3,000 employees brought from third countries:

After the significant increase (by about 30%) of these requests, the Government has established for 2018, a total quota of 7,000 foreign workers newly admitted to the labor market in Romania, with 1,500 more than in 2017:

  • permanent workers – at 4,000, instead of 3,000
  • posted workers – 1,200, instead of 700 to 1,200
  • persons transferred within the same company – 700
  • highly skilled workers – 500
  • seasonal workers – 400
  • trainee workers – 100
  • cross-border workers – 100.

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