Using A Recruitment Agency In Romania For Staffing In Romania

Recruitment and recruitment agencies in Romania

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The recruitment is a process in Romania of  searching the future candidates and their stimulation in submitting their resumes for the vacancy. The quality of recruitment is the result of the fit between the candidate and the need for recruitment. The key decision is if the organization recruit from the outside or the inside the organization. There are a whole range of recruitment channels available to employers who are trying to find the best employees for their organization. Recruitment agencies in Romania are also cited as a useful source of recruitment.  So, recruitment can be done from internal sources and external sources. External sources can be considered: expensive  sources, sources of intermediaries (like recruitment agencies) and sources considered cheap (E-recruitment, “Open Day” events, recruitment without a CV). Recruitment agencies work on behalf of employers to help them fill the vacancies.  Recruitment agencies can be a great source of career advice. Now placement agencies are coming up as a good source of external recruitment. An agency will only be successful in locating the right applicant if it is equipped with accurate descriptions as specified in job specifications. The recruiter will usually take responsibility for advertising the position, receiving applications and conducting the first round of interviews before providing employers with a short list of candidates. The agency screens the applicants against the client’s requirements and calls in the most suitable applicants for an interview. After interviewing, tests may also be conducted. The employer needs to discuss with the agency the reasons for rejecting all or any of the applicants. Recruitment agencies aim for a “win-win” situation between candidate and company. It is their role to ensure they provide companies with an impressive short list of candidates who meet the criteria for the job. A good recruitment consultant will give feedback on your interview technique and resume layout. Typically, data are collected by a search agent from the host organization to ascertain requirements. A job specification and candidate specification are drawn up to measure the candidates against. Agencies must first obtain “sufficient information” from the employer in order to “select a suitable work seeker”, and include. the name of the employer and the nature of its activities; the date on which the recruit is required, and the duration of the work (temp or perm); the position, its location, hours of work, and known health and safety risks; the  experience, training, qualifications and any authorization that the employer considers necessary; the minimum pay and benefits that the employer would offer, their frequency, and the notice period involved. Agencies should confirm the identity of the recruit and that the person meets the employer’s criteria and that it is willing to work in the position concerned. Agencies must inform the employer any information that indicates the individual might be unsuitable. Agencies will have this duty for perm recruits at least for a period of three months. Agencies will pass copies of any qualifications and two references to the employer.

Staffing and recruiting engineers in Romania

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Today, there is a talent war like no other. Startups can’t compete with the rest for developers. Perhaps the answer is to look elsewhere? To countries where the old Soviet education system produced maths and science graduates by the truckload? Romania has low labor costs compared to other EU states. Romanians are adept in foreign languages, and have a high level of engineering and economics education. Some of the companies that have established their businesses in Romania include: Wipro, Siemens, Motorola, Alcatel, HP, Oracle, Xerox, Bosch, and Unicredit.

Romania is located between Bulgaria and Ukraine and has a population of around 22 million, with Romanians making up 90%. The official language is Romanian, followed by Hungarian and Romani. There are an estimated ten million people who speak English and French, with some who also speak Spanish, Italian, and German. Romania is a secular state, however 87 percent are members of the Romanian Orthodox Church Roman Catholics and Protestants only make up about four to five percent of the population.

When Romania joined the European Union in 2007, the nation had a virtually obsolete industrial base with a lagging economy. In 2005, the government changed its progressive tax system into a flat tax of 16% for its corporate profit and personal income, making Romania the nation with the lowest fiscal burdens in the EU. 2009 saw major economic hardships in Romania, but through major budgetary cutbacks, the nation is once again seeing improvement and is expected to resume growth by the end of 2014.

You will find the largest tech communities in the historical university centers of Bucharest, Cluj, Timisoara & Iasi. In Bucharest you have the largest and most diverse talent pool, but also a more competitive environment with higher volatility. In smaller communities there’s a stronger sense of reputation. Western cities like Timisoara and Cluj tend to have better work ethic.

Finding really valuable engineers in Romania takes time. The general guidelines are to hire a ‘magnet coder’ that can attract other trusted people from the community. When recruiting, look for Polytechinc graduates from one of the above university centers.

The best screening for engineers is high school. There is a bit of an ‘Ivy League’ of high schools in Romania. These schools are focused on math and computer science. Every large city has one or two. Generally, people coming out of these top schools are no schmucks. Also, pay attention to see if they won any competitions and whether they had jobs or pet projects while still in school. University education in Romania, though thorough, tends not to encourage independent thought.

Good Romanian engineers don’t like to be the 15th person down the chain working on a little piece of code or feel disconnected from the business. They are more likely to defect to another business if they don’t feel inspired by you or your company or the team you assemble. The real geniuses will do their own thing, just as anywhere else.

Finally, the most appealing trait of Romanians is that they live on both sides of the brain. They have ingenuity and skill, a precious combination no matter where you find it. Soon know-how and self-belief will catch up and they will be on a truly level playing field, possibly for the first time ever.

Engineers’ contribution to technological innovation applied in the market place is indispensable for achieving higher economic growth as well as for creating new jobs, securing clean energy supply, sustaining natural resources and tackling the challenges associated with climate change. Ensuring the availability of a sufficient number of well-qualified engineers across all countries must be a policy priority for the years to come. One of the challenges associated with the design and implementation of adequate EU-wide policies, is to correctly assess the starting point.

Engineering workers according to ISCO-88 

1.         Architects, town and traffic planners

2.         Civil engineers

3.         Electrical engineers

4.         Electronics and telecommunications engineers

5.         Mechanical engineers

6.         Chemical engineers

7.         Mining engineers, metallurgists and related professionals

8.         Cartographers and surveyors

9.         Architects, engineers and related professionals not elsewhere classified

Source: ILO, 2004 

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