Romania is quite a large country by European standards, with a population of about 19.8 million people. It is located in the southeastern part of Europe, is washed by the Black Sea and shares a border with Ukraine. Since 2007 Romania is a member of the European Union. Working in Romania for foreigners in 2024 is quite a viable option to increase income. At least, geographical proximity contributes to this.

To be fair, it is worth noting that the level of Romanian salaries is one of the lowest in the EU. On the other hand, unemployment in Romania in 2024 is about 5–6%. In addition, a large number of local citizens leave for more developed European countries. This significantly reduces the degree of competition and allows foreign specialists to find a decent job. Although, it is not so easy.

Work in Romania

In recent years, the Romanian economy has shown small but steady growth. The lion's share of the replenishment of the budget is export of industrial products. Therefore, qualified technicians have more chances for successful employment. Below, we will find out how to go to work in Romania, identify available vacancies and salaries in 2024, consider on which Romanian resources it is recommended to look for a job.

How to go to work in Romania

Romanian authorities follow similar principles as in most countries of European Union on employment of foreigners from the third countries. For example, citizens from third countries to move to Romania for employment must find an employer in advance, who agrees to issue a work permit for a foreign specialist in the local Inspectorate of Immigration. And this is a prerequisite for legal employment in Romanian territory.

A work permit in Romania is issued if the following conditions are met:

  1. Local residents and EU citizens do not apply for the job.

  2. The job does not exceed the annual quotas adopted by the Romanian government regarding the employment of foreign workers.

  3. The qualifications, experience and education allow the foreign specialist to occupy the open position. A diploma from a Romanian university will be a big plus in approving this item.

  4. Certificate from a medical institution, confirming the employee's ability to perform professional activities.

  5. The absence of a criminal record.

  6. The employer must have a clean tax history, comply with laws on legal employment and engage in the type of activity for which the work permit for a foreigner is issued.

The processing time for an application for a work permit in Romania can take up to 45 days, but usually a decision is made within a month. Initially, the document is issued for a maximum of one year with the right of extension. There are the following categories of foreign workers:

  • Permanent. Provides for a normal employment contract.

  • Temporary. By transfer from a foreign company.

  • Seasonal. Contract not more than 6 months during the year.

  • Border. For citizens of Romania's neighboring countries working in the border area, who return to their country at least once a week.

  • Highly skilled. Long-term contract of at least 1 year in a position requiring special skills and education.

  • Intern. Temporary work to enhance professional experience.

No later than 2 months after receiving the work permit, the applicant applies to the Romanian Consulate in their country for a long-term visa for the purpose of employment. Upon arrival in Romania, no later than 60 days, the worker submits an application for a residence permit to the Immigration Inspectorate in the place of domicile.

The residence permit is renewed annually, provided that the employer remains the same. Otherwise, it is necessary to go through the whole procedure all over again. The family members of an immigrant worker are not automatically entitled to work in Romania; they must also apply for a permit. After 8 years of permanent residence on Romanian territory, it is possible to obtain Romanian citizenship.

How to find a job in Romania. Search for a job without intermediaries.

A job in Romania without knowledge of the language is a road to nowhere. This should be clearly understood even before you start looking for a job. If only hard physical labor, usually illegal and low paid. Otherwise, Romanian skills will be required.

Proficiency in English, French, Italian will serve as an additional advantage to a Romanian employer. More chances to find a vacancy in the major cities, especially in the capital of Romania – Bucharest. Some foreigners even consider starting their own business in Romania.

Options for finding jobs in Romania

The National Employment Agency of Romania – Contains a lot of current information about the situation in the local labor market, including open jobs, upcoming job fairs and much more.

Popular job search sites in Romania

International resources with jobs in Romania

Websites of famous newspapers in Romania

The professional social network – LinkedIn

Personal contacts have not been canceled. Visit Romania for tourism purposes and use this time to find a job. Use the services of numerous recruitment agencies or contact a Romanian company directly.

Jobs and salary in Romania

In terms of wages, if we talk about the EU countries, Romanian workers are ahead only of neighboring Bulgaria. The average wage in Romania in 2024 is about 940 euros per month after taxes. The minimum wage from January 1, 2024 is 3,300 lei (about 665 euros). Undoubtedly, for a European state with a market economy, this is very low.

Taking into account the competition with locals, vacancies in Romania in 2024 for foreigners are available in the following areas:

  • industry;

  • tourism;

  • construction;

  • IT sector;

  • energy sector;

  • automotive industry;

  • services.

Great attention should be paid to large Romanian companies, which often need qualified foreign specialists, such as Automobile-Dacia SA, OMV Petrom SA, RomPetrol Rafinare SA. To get a job you will need a good level of English and a specialized education. Wages here are higher than the national average.

Sometimes workers are needed in the finance and banking sector. There will be jobs in Romania in 2024 and for unskilled applicants. Nannies, longshoremen, salespeople, cooks' assistants, cleaners, nurses, security guards are usually needed. Handymen, especially in construction – welders, electricians, carpenters, masons, and so on – have a good chance of employment.


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