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people gainfully employed in Bucharest

Around 1,116,000 people were gainfully employed in Bucharest in 2016, 5% more than in 2008. Of these, over 60% worked for a private company, out of which 19% for a foreign own (corporate workers). Much of the Bucharest labor force works in trade (19%), construction (13%), manufacturing (11%), administrative and support services (especially outsourcing – 11%) and IT&C (8%).

The main sectors of employment for the labor force in Bucharest

Labor force

people gainfully employed in Bucharest

Around 1,116,000 people were gainfully employed in Bucharest in 2016, 5% more than in 2008. Of these, over 60% worked for a private company, out of which 19% for a foreign own (corporate workers). Much of the Bucharest labor force works in trade (19%), construction (13%), manufacturing (11%), administrative and support services (especially outsourcing – 11%) and IT&C (8%).

The main sectors of employment for the labor force in Bucharest

In 2017, the average monthly salary in Bucharest was 3,116 Romanian Lei (around 680 Euro, or around $770), with a substantial variation between individual sectors. The highest salaries are offered in the following sectors: oil and gas extraction (~$2,542); finance and insurance (~$1,860); warehousing and logistics (~$1,815); auxiliary services for the oil and gas extraction (~$1,601), programming and information services (~$1,600); consulting (~$1,400); petrochemical industry (~$1,276); research and development (~$1,200); tobacco processing (~$1,174); publishing (~$1,140), air transport (~$1,135), warehousing and support activities for transportation (~$1,126) and public administration and defense (~$1,104).

In 2017, the average monthly salary in Bucharest was 3,116 Romanian Lei (around 680 Euro, or around $770), with a substantial variation between individual sectors.

The highest salaries are offered in the following sectors: oil and gas extraction (~$2,542); finance and insurance (~$1,860); warehousing and logistics (~$1,815); auxiliary services for the oil and gas extraction (~$1,601), programming and information services (~$1,600); consulting (~$1,400); petrochemical industry (~$1,276); research and development (~$1,200); tobacco processing (~$1,174); publishing (~$1,140), air transport (~$1,135), warehousing and support activities for transportation (~$1,126) and public administration and defense (~$1,104).

The evolution of the average salary in Bucharest and other Romanian cities, between 2008 and 2017

Salary evolution

Evolution of the average salary

The lowest monthly salaries were offered by sectors such as: leather products (~$315); wearing apparel (~$343); textiles (~$371); hotels and restaurants (~$377); wood processing (~$393); furniture (~$404); other personal services – hairdressing, beauty, washing, cleaning (~$418); waste collection (~$448); construction (~$461); entertainment and recreation – gambling, sports (~$464); food processing (~$464); protection and facility management (~$473).

Salary evolution

Evolution of the average salary

The lowest monthly salaries were offered by sectors such as: leather products (~$315); wearing apparel (~$343); textiles (~$371); hotels and restaurants (~$377); wood processing (~$393); furniture (~$404); other personal services – hairdressing, beauty, washing, cleaning (~$418); waste collection (~$448); construction (~$461); entertainment and recreation – gambling, sports (~$464); food processing (~$464); protection and facility management (~$473).

The evolution of the average salary in Bucharest and other Romanian cities, between 2008 and 2017

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