Starting 1th of January 2019, the gross minimum wage will increase to RON 2,080 per month, for all employees, except for those with higher education for whom the minimum wage would have reached RON 2,350 per month.
On 24 October, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila announced that the minimum wage may grow from 1 December. “We talked to the trade unions. We will see if it is appropriate from 1 December or 1 January,” the head of the Executive said.
According to the substantive note for the project, there are nearly 1.4 million employees paid with the minimum wage in the economy. The estimated number for those with higher education among the ones paid with the minimum wage is 350,000, they will see the increased wage starting January 1.
The counties will most employees with a net salary over EUR 1,000 are Bucharest (16.2 percent), Cluj (11.6 percent), Ilfov (11.05 percent), according to a study conducted by PIAROM.
In contrast are counties like Gorj, where only 2.2 percent of employees earn a salary over EUR 1,000 per month, Hunedoara (2.18 percent), and Suceava (2.28 percent).
In Maramures and Suveava counties, 65.12 percent of employees earn the minimum wage, less then EUR 350 per month.
Also in Vrancea and Suceava counties salaries are 26.18 percent under the national average rate.