Employment Flash News No. 6/2019 – News on the minimum salary

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Government Decision no. 935/2019 on the establishment of the minimum gross base salary guaranteed for payment at national level was published within the Official Gazette no. 1010 dated December 16th, 2019.

According to these new legal provisions, starting January 1st 2020, the minimum monthly gross base salary guaranteed for payment for an average full-time schedule of 167,333 hours/month will be, without including bonuses or other additional payments, of RON 2,230 (approx. 470 EUR).

Consequently, the minimum hourly gross value will be of RON 13,327/hour (approx. 2,80 EUR/hour).

Regarding the minimum monthly gross base salary guaranteed in payment for employees who have one-year seniority in the field from which they have graduated, working in positions that are requiring higher education graduates, the amount of this salary remains RON 2,350 (approx. 490 EUR) for 2020, without including bonuses or other additional payments. Consequently, the minimum hourly gross value for this minimum salary category will remain RON 14,044/hour (approx. 2,94 EUR/hour) for the year to come.

In a similar manner, at least in what concerns the next year, the minimum gross base salary in the construction industry (corresponding to the CAEN codes expressly listed within the law) will remain at its current value of RON 3,000 (approx. 630 EUR). The minimum hourly gross value for a full-time schedule in this field therefore maintains the current value of RON 17,928/hour (approx. 3,75 EUR/hour).

These new legal provisions modifying only the minimum gross base salary guaranteed for payment at national level correspond to the Romanian Government’s intention to re-establish a unique, generally applicable minimum gross base salary in the future and not 3 different types of minimum gross base salaries.

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