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Employers seek more workers; employees seek higher salaries

de Catalin Pruteanu    |    19 Apr 2008   •   00:00

The companies' demand for workers, on the job market, grows, with no sign in sight that supply interested workforce will meet it soon.

The companies' demand for workers, on the job market, grows, with no sign in sight that supply interested workforce will meet it soon. A few hours after the opening of the jobs fair in Bucharest, there were more employers in the hall than job seekers.

The representatives of the companies were bored to death with waiting for interested potential employees, while the latter did the tour of the hall carefully noting down the salaries and benefits and picking and choosing for the companies making the highest offers.

Employers in Bucharest were in search of a wide range of professions: security agents, shop assistants, accountants, office workers, receptionists, insurance workers, pharmacists, architects, translators, seamstresses, locksmiths, welders, painters, mechanics, buss boys, carpenters, demolition workers or ironing ladies. Many salaries offered jumped above the 2,000 lei mark, and companies were offering a lot of other benefits, like health insurance, lunch, lunch tickets or free transportation.

For instance, a security company asked potential employees no previous experience and was providing a 1,500 lei net salary, free transportation, lunch tickets and hefty bonuses on Christmas and Easter. While the salary for an accountant with only one year of experience on the job was negotiated from 2,000 lei onwards.

The job seekers at the jobs fair this year were half in number as compared with last year, at only 1,100 people. “This goes to show that the supply deficit on the Bucharest work market is growing from one year to the next,” said Dumitru Pelican, director of the Agency for Work Placement in Bucharest,

Paul Pacuraru, the minister for Work, Equality of Chances and Family, visited the jobs fair and noted the low supply of workers seeking jobs, in spite of salaries which sometimes were on a pair with those in Western Europe.

Pacuraru said Romanians leaving to work abroad that would eventually come back home could fill in the current gap between demand and supply on the job market in Romania. He was surprised to see the salaries' demands some job seekers had, and stated that salaries' hikes cannot be disconnected from the productivity rates. “The productivity of small and medium sized companies in Romania is 20 times lower than that of similar companies in Western Europe, so it is unreasonable to demand domestic employers to meet the salaries and benefits offered in Italy, Spain or France,” he said.

This year's jobs fair in Bucharest was attended by 233 employers, which offered 6,429 jobs; of these, some 2,751 jobs were for holders of high-school diplomas, and some 2,098 jobs were for holders of elementary school diplomas. Some 609 jobs were for university graduates, while the remaining 971 jobs were for untrained workers.

Nationally, there were 120 different locations the jobs fairs took place in, with an aggregate 40,000 jobs on offer. Some 1,787 people were hired at the job fair interviews, and another 18,000 people had been selected for further interviews.

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