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Romania Recruiting & Hiring

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Romania’s capital city of Bucharest is one of the largest cities in the European Union (EU). With the nation’s proximity to the Black Sea and other European countries, it is an ideal place for companies looking for a significant amount of human capital.

However, hiring employees in Romania on your own is not an easy task. Traditionally, you must first set up a subsidiary, establish payroll, and then hire employees under Romania employment compliance laws — and before you even begin hiring, you’ll need to study up on Romanian culture and etiquette in order to recruit local talent for your team. Globalization Partners offers an easier alternative using our PEO in Romania. We’ll hire employees to work on your behalf, add them to our payroll, and handle compliance.

Staffing and Recruiting in Romania

As you start the process of recruiting new team members in Romania, an understanding of the local culture and business etiquette can be a powerful tool to have at your disposal. Keep these guidelines in mind as you begin meeting and interviewing prospective employees overseas.

1. Make Punctuality a Priority

Romanians consider punctuality a great strength when it comes to business. It’s important to arrive at meetings and interviews ahead of the appointed time so that the meeting can begin as scheduled. If you do happen to be running a few minutes late, you should give your associates a call to let them know.

2. Greet Candidates With a Handshake

As in many other countries, Romania has a variety of greetings for different situations. In professional settings, it’s best to stick with a firm handshake while maintaining eye contact. You’ll probably see people greeting each other with hugs or kisses on the cheeks or hand in social situations, but these greetings aren’t appropriate in the workplace — especially when you’re meeting a potential hire for the first time.

3. Avoid Getting Too Personal

Romanians tend to value their privacy, so it’s best not to ask too many personal questions when you’re getting to know a prospective employee. There’s usually not much small talk or informal discussion before the beginning of a business meeting.

4. Expect Straightforward Communication

In Romania, communication styles tend to be fairly straightforward and frank. Still, Romanians take care to be as direct as possible without causing offense. Just know that being indirect and vague won’t earn you many points with prospective employees.

5. Understand the Country’s Gift Culture

There’s no expectation of gift-giving during business meetings in Romania. However, it’s polite to bring a gift to the host if you are invited to an associate’s home. If you do choose to give gifts to candidates or new hires, you should take care to follow a few guidelines.

If you’re giving flowers as a gift, be sure to give them in odd numbers, as even numbers are reserved for funerals and the dead. Other than flowers, you should make sure gifts are nicely wrapped and be prepared for the recipient to open them right away.

What Is the Recruitment Process in Romania Like?

As important as it is to understand Romanian culture and build a connection with your potential hires, you should also spend some time preparing for the practical aspects of staffing in Romania. You might want to begin the recruitment process by identifying the best channels for sourcing talent overseas.

In Romania, many employers advertise job listings in national newspapers. Keep in mind that the majority of newspapers are printed exclusively in Romanian. That said, some newspapers do have an online presence in English.

You might also consider advertising your company’s open positions on job-focused websites.

Legal Compliance During the Recruitment Process

Throughout the process of staffing and recruiting, it’s your responsibility as the employer to ensure that your company is compliant with all of the relevant laws and regulations in Romania, including laws against discrimination in the workplace. Romanian law strictly prohibits discrimination on the following grounds:

  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Ethnic origin
  • Religion
  • Social status
  • Language
  • Sexual orientation
  • Beliefs
  • Gender
  • Handicap
  • Age
  • HIV positive status
  • Non-contagious chronic disease status

In addition to the above characteristics, union affiliation cannot influence a hiring decision. To ensure compliance, you should avoid asking candidates any questions pertaining to these characteristics throughout the recruitment process.

How to Hire Employees in Romania

Romania requires employers to draft a written employment contract in the local language. These contracts are typically executed for an indefinite amount of time. However, fixed-term contracts are allowed for up to 12 months and can extend to 18 months. You will need to register each contract with the Employees’ General Register.

An employment contract should include specifics such as:

  • Compensation
  • Start date of employment
  • Location of the company’s headquarters
  • Benefits
  • Termination
  • Severance

Romania Employment Compliance

Romania employment compliance starts with drafting the employment contract mentioned above. Once you officially hire employees in Romania, you’ll also need to follow guidelines such as the country’s standard working hours. Romanian workers typically work eight-hour days and 40-hour weeks. An employee cannot work more than 48 hours per week including any overtime.

If an employee does accrue overtime, you should either compensate them at 75% above their base salary or give them additional time off within 30 days of the overtime work.

How to Onboard Employees

Onboard your employees after you have clearly defined your company’s code of conduct and workplace culture. You can curate materials or training that will help workers embrace the culture your office is hoping to promote. Fly in some key company players from the parent company for employees’ first day or week to make them feel like valued members of the team.

Although your new employee has already signed the employment contract at this point in the process, it is a good idea to go over it with them during their first day. This instruction can help address any lingering questions and ensure you and your employee are on the same page concerning the contract.

Benefits of Romania Hiring Outsourcing

Romania hiring outsourcing services offer multiple benefits. First, you can secure top talent with the help of an established entity who understands the workforce in Romania. Further, Globalization Partners can do more than a talent acquisition firm. As a global PEO, we’ll use our established Romanian subsidiary to house your business. We can hire employees to work on your behalf and add them to our locally compliant payroll. You won’t have to worry about Romania employment compliance when you work with us.

Work With Globalization Partners

When you’re ready to expand to Romania, choose Globalization Partners to make the process fast and simple. Contact us today to learn more.


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