• Alex Cretu

Tackling Romania’s workforce shortage

Over the past decade, more than 4 million Romanians have left the country in search of a better quality of life in Western Europe. Their departure is a terrible loss for the Romanian economy, as it has culminated in a shortage of workforce across many sectors, leaving employers with few options to cover their open positions and to further develop their businesses.

In order to address the shortage, each year the Government allows a certain number of foreign citizens to enter and work in Romania. In 2019, the contingent of foreign workers that has been decided by the Government is 20,000, higher than in any of the previous years. However, if the workforce request increases over the year, the contingent is likely to be supplemented.

In accordance with the State’s policy, in recent years Romania has welcomed small numbers of foreign workers. Many of them have come from Asian countries, hoping to achieve a better life for themselves and their families. Employers have found that they are reliable, hardworking and, most importantly, their employment costs may be lower compared to that of EU nationals, including Romanians.

In this way, it seems that the best way to deal with Romania’s current workforce shortage may be to hire non-EU nationals.

If you don’t find suitable candidates and your overall employment costs are high, maybe it is time to consider hiring foreign workforce.

And we are here to give you a helping hand! Our law firm will happily connect you with a Romanian outsourcing company with contacts in the Philippines.

You can contact us by writing an email to Alex Cretu at

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