National minimum wage in detail

Starting 1 January 2019, in Romania there are three types of minimum monthly gross base wage, as follows:

  • The minimum monthly gross base wage is RON 2,080 (EUR 437.56).
  • The minimum monthly gross base wage for employees who have at least one year of experience in the field from which they graduated, working in positions that require higher education, is RON 2,350 (EUR 494.36).
  • Between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019, in the construction field, the minimum monthly gross base wage is RON 3,000 (EUR 631.10). Note that this value applies only to certain types of construction companies expressly mentioned in the relevant Government Ordinance.

There are no rules about when the amount should be reviewed. Reviews are usually triggered by economic development, the cost of living and other social factors. Over the last ten years, the minimum wage has increased once or twice every year.

The wage is set by a decision of the Government following negotiations with the trade unions and employers’ associations. The wage is set at a national level.

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Author: Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Date: March 2019

Note: For specific advice on any particular issue, please consult the relevant firm. The law is stated as at March 2019.


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