Brașov – the new destination in Romania of the business services industry

//Brașov – the new destination in Romania of the business services industry

“Brasov – Rising Star in Business Services” is the theme of the first conference organized by the Business Service Leaders in Romania Association (ABSL) in Brasov.

During the event topics were discussed such as: recruitment of labor, high demand for qualified employees, infrastructure at local level and automation in the industry. The speakers of this event were:

  • Elena Ardelean, Dealer business Manager – Steelcase
  • Sandor Mark Bodnar, Managing Director – HAYS Romania
  • Iulian Pătrașcu, founder & Senior Partner – Fine Law – Pătrașscu & Associates
  • Maria Florea, Key Client Director – JLL Romania
  • Mihaela Robu, Business Development Manager, ACCA South-Eastern Europe
  • Bogdan Răgălie, Regional Manager – Apt Workservice
  • Daniela Micușan, Country Manager – Majorel Romania
  • Gabriel Jurj, Managing Director – Waters Corporation

Brașov has become an attractive destination for the Business Services sector due to the number of people with technical skills and language skills, the existence of a university center that feeds the increasing need for employees, the central geographical positioning, the lower costs compared to other locations and very good living conditions.

“The local Business Services industry is constantly growing. Even if the labor market in Brasov is not as “hot” as in Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi or Timisoara it is on the same trend. The good news, however, is that the number of students and graduates with higher profile studies has increased and the completion of the airport will give an additional impetus to the sector on all verticals”, says Gabriel Jurj, Managing Director – Waters Corporation, ABSL member from Brasov.

“This event is part of the activities by which ABSL supports the development of the Business Services industry in Romania. If in the past years we have focused our attention on the cities where the sector was well represented, the growth potential and not least the increasing interest of the investors, determines us to organize projects that promote cities like Sibiu, Brasov or Galaţi. These represent viable alternatives in the development of our industry, being attractive through the balanced combination between the qualification and the cost of the labor force offered ”, explains Cătălin Iorgulescu, ABSL vice-president.

According to ABSL estimates, the most important organization, which represents the business services sector and brings together the most important companies in the field, the industry offers jobs for about 125,000 employees, representing approx.1.5% of the active population of Romania.

Moreover, Romania is in the first place in the category of mature business services markets, with over 265 active companies, a motivated workforce, well prepared, very good foreign language speakers, competitive at cost level and culturally close to values of Europe.

According to a study conducted by the association, together with KPMG, it is estimated that the business services industry generated revenues of about 4 billion euros, in 2017.

In terms of payroll, the study analyzes seven industry categories, as follows: Project / Process Management, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Customer Service, Procurement and Procurement, Software Development (IT) and Top Management.

For the project management specialists, the monthly salary can start from RON 5000 gross and can reach in some cases up to RON 20,000 RON / month.

For specialists working in the field of Financial Accounting, or Customer Services, the entry salary can start from RON 3300 gross per month, and for those working in Supply Chain from RON 3000 gross / month.

According to the study, most companies offer language bonuses. French, German, Italian and Spanish are the most sought after languages ​​by employers, these being paid with bonuses ranging from RON 270 gross and RON 3,000 gross per month. Those who know less spoken languages ​​can receive bonuses up to RON 3,600 gross / month, in addition to the salary.

Another benefit granted to the employees is the extra free days, apart from the mandatory ones, which can vary between one and six days a year.