The Association of Business Service Leaders in Romania supports the development of the local business services industry

//The Association of Business Service Leaders in Romania supports the development of the local business services industry

The Association brings together prestigious companies operating in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Shared Service Centers (SSC), Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO), Research and Development (R&D) sectors, such as Genpact, HP, Microsoft, Office Depot, Oracle, Wipro, WNS, offering a large range of financial, logistics, administrative, IT and customer support services. ABSL Romania partners include KPMG, the audit and consultancy company; Grayling, the global communications and government affairs consultancy agency and the law firm Fine Law.

ABSL aims to consolidate its presence in the region. In Poland, we have significantly contributed to the development of the business services sector and we enjoy a strong position, therefore we are planning to enter other markets in the East and Central Europe, as well. Romania has many investment opportunities and our goal will be to promote the market as an attractive destination for outsourcing , stated Alexander Weigl, ABSL President in Romania and Managing Director of HP GeBOC.

ABSL in Romania aims to enhance dialogue and collaboration within the industry, by facilitating the exchange of experience and best practices between sector players. Moreover, the association supports solutions which foster entrepreneurship and advanced business practices, evaluates legislative improvement opportunities and helps adapt education to business requirements by recommending changes to the Romanian educational system. It also cooperates with central and local authorities and the business community to provide mutual investment support and strengthen involvement in local communities.

Romania ranks 9th place at international level as a preferred shoring location, with 40 new projects for SSC, BPO, R&D centers and more than 11,000 new jobs created in the period 2008-2012, according to a ranking made by the real-estate consultancy company Jones Lang LaSalle. At European level, Romania is outrun only by UK and Poland.

In terms of reduced labor costs in the region, Romania competes with Bulgaria, but has the advantage of higher skilled and foreign language proficient workforce, according to a KPMG study. The same study shows that major players opened at least one center on the local market, but there are companies having two or more headquarters in the country, aiming to attract the available resources at local level. Such a center employs between 100-500 people. In Romania, the main destinations for companies from this sector are large cities, such as Bucharest, followed by Cluj Napoca, Timisoara, Iasi, Sibiu and Brasov.

For more information, please contact:
Gilia Crăciun, Grayling Romania