Minimum Wage in Romania - Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a separate legislation relating to minimum wages in Romania?

As provided by article 164 of the Labour Code, national minimum gross guaranteed wage corresponding to the normal work schedule shall be established by Government Decision.

Do one or more minimum wages exist that is/are determined by law?

Only one minimum wage is determined by law.

At what level is minimum wage determined at?

In Romania, minimum wage is determined at national level.

On what basis is minimum wage calculated?

Minimum wage is calculated on monthly basis.

In case of weekly/monthly minimum age, are they based on any fixed number of hours?

According to article 164 of the Labour Code, national minimum wage corresponds to the normal work schedule. Article 112 of the Labour Code provides that the normal working time for full-time employees is of 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. The Government Decision about minimum wage states that minimum wage is calculated on 168 average working hours per month.

Are governmental bodies, employer and/or trade union representatives involved in minimum wages setting?

As provided by article 164 of the Labour Code, the national minimum wage is set by the Government, after consulting the trade unions and employers organizations.

How are upratings (adjustments) of minimum wage/s decided upon?

As provided by article 164 of the Labour Code, the national minimum wage - and its upratings twice a year- are set by the Government, after consulting the trade unions and employers organizations.

Which are the components of minimum wage in Romania?

In Romania minimum wage is gross and has only one fixed component.

How frequently is the fixed component of minimum wage updated?

Minimum wage is updated twice a year, usually in January and in July.

How frequently are the variable components of minimum wage updated?

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What is/are the yardstick/s on which minimum wage upratings are based?

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How is minimum wages compliance regulated?

According to the Government Decision about minimum wage, the warning and the sanction are applied by the staff of the Ministry of Labor after receiving advisory from the Labour Inspector.

Which legal sanctions can be applied in compliance is lacking?

According to the Government Decision about minimum wage, the employer who establishes a base salary that is below the wage stipulated in the Decision is fined 1000 up to 2000 lei.

To whom/Where can individuals complain, if they think they are earning less than minimum wage?

Labour Inspector has the main role in dealing with complaints about wages.

Which month of the year is minimum wage rate revised in Romania?

Minimum wage rate is revised twice a year, usually in January and in July. Minimum wage will change next time on 1st July 2014, rate has already been set at 900 lei.