The Romanian employment contract – important aspects you need to know

If you are either an EU, EEA or maybe a non-EU citizen, it is important to know that you can work in Romania by concluding an individual employment contract with a Romanian company, on the basis of a work permit or residency permit, depending on your nationality. Even if you are a foreigner, as employee of a Romanian company you will be able to to benefit from the same legal work rights enjoyed by any Romanian employee.
the Romanian employment contract

There are certain legal frameworks that must be observed when it comes to employment of foreign nationals. This includes not only regulations surrounding work permits, but also taxes, and social security contributions. It is therefore essential for both employers and employees to be aware of their employment rights and obligations to avoid any potential legal issues.

We explain some of the most important aspects regarding a Romanian employment contract in the following article.

What does a Romanian employment contract involve?

To be able to understand what your rights and obligations are as employee in Romania, you need to know exactly what a Romanian employment contract involves exactly. The employment contract is an agreement under which an individual, called the employee, undertakes to perform work for a company (the employer), who may be organized under the form of natural or legal person, in exchange for a remuneration usually called salary.

As per the Romanian employment law, you can get employed by a Romanian employer with both a full-time employment contract (8 hours/day), or a part-time employment contract (the distribution of hours worked/day remains at yours and your employer’s mutual agreement).

Among the benefits you can enjoy as part of an employment contract there are: the annual rest leave, the medical leave, the parental leave, the health insurances or insurance in case of accidents at work.

Before signing the contract with your Romanian employer, make sure that the contract contains clauses that clearly define all your salary and related entitlements. It must reflect clear information about your base monthly salary, extra-salary benefits, and the salary payment date. Also, as a basic rule, keep in mind that your base salary cannot be lower than the value of the monthly minimum gross salary established by the Romanian law at national level, but also calculated considering the number of worked hours.

The monthly minimum gross salary established by the Romanian law at national level for 2023 is 3,000 lei.

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Florin Stoicescu

Tax & Legal consultant since 2005.

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