Effective January 1, 2019, Romania’s minimum salary requirements for foreign workers have increased and are now divided into two categories: positions that require university studies and positions that do not
January 30, 2019 | Romania
Effective January 1, 2019, Romania’s minimum salary requirements for foreign workers have increased and are now divided into two categories: positions that require university studies and positions that do not. These changes do not apply to the EU Blue Card, the minimum salary for which has not changed.
The new minimums apply to new, renewal and pending applications, and existing employees not yet due for a renewal—all foreign workers in Romania are required to meet the new salary requirements, effective immediately. That said, most foreign workers are paid well above the minimum levels, so increases will likely not be required. This is especially true given that Romania decreased minimum salaries for foreign workers by more than 50% in November 2018 to bring them in line with the national minimum wage. Accordingly, the increases are not terribly impactful, even if the percentage increases are significant.
The new minimum salaries are:
- For positions that require university studies: RON 2,350 (USD 574) per month. This represents a 23.7 percent increase over the former minimum.
- For positions that do not require university studies: RON 2,080 (USD 508) per month. This represents a 9.5 percent increase over the former minimum.
- Additional salary amounts are required for each accompanying dependent. For example, a foreign worker accompanied by a spouse and two children would be required to earn a minimum of RON 9,400 for a position requiring university studies, or RON 8,320 for a position not requiring university studies.
- Benefits and allowances (except holiday allowances) can be counted toward the minimum salary amount if they are indicated in the contract/assignment letter, guaranteed and fixed, and not paid in kind.
- Salaries must be guaranteed in RON, irrespective of payroll location or changes in exchange rates.