How much do employees in agriculture, construction, food industry and IT earn

These sectors will be stripped of fiscal facilities as of this autumn.

Agriculture, construction, the food industry and IT are the fields that, starting this autumn, will lose the fiscal facilities they had for employee remuneration, such as the exemption from paying income tax, the CAS reduction or the exemption from paying health contributions. “We are talking about four large employers of the economy, but also about areas that are struggling either with a shortage of candidates, or with a high staff turnover rate, or both. From the beginning of the year until now, these sectors have put more than 80,000 new jobs on the market, i.e. about 35% of the total number of jobs available on in this time frame“, says Bogdan Badea, CEO of, the largest online recruitment platform in Romania.

IT employees earn the most, who register a national average net salary of 6,300 lei per month, according to data from, the salary comparator developed by eJobs Romania. This in the conditions where the expectations of candidates in this field reach a net average of 9,000 lei per month, according to the same source. A software developer, for example, enters a net average, at the national level, of 7,500 lei, a full stack programmer – 7,100 lei, and a Java programmer 6,000 lei. The best paid are IT architects, who come with an average salary of 15,000 lei per month, while a QA tester can earn a salary of around 4,500 lei, and a web developer 5/500.

Construction is the next field in order of the highest salaries offered, with a net national average of 5,000 lei per month. The positions most often put on the market by employers are those of design engineer (5,000 lei), construction engineer (5,500 lei), civil engineer (6,000 lei) or installation engineer (5,600 lei). As for skilled construction workers, salaries look like this: a construction worker earns, on average, 4,500 lei per month, an electrician 4,000 lei, a plumber 4,000 lei. The average salary for unskilled workers is 3,400 lei.

IT and construction are also two fields that have real competition from outside the country, as employers from abroad are very interested in candidates with experience in these areas. If on the IT side we see many specialists working, simultaneously, on local projects and international projects, local and external employers can thus share the same resource, when it comes to construction, employment cannot be done without relocation and, from from this point of view, Romania is strongly threatened by the offers that candidates receive from outside. On the other hand, in recent years we have also seen a large number of foreign workers coming to work in Romania in this field and beyond. Most of them come from Asia”, explains Bogdan Badea.

The import of personnel has become a solution that recruiters from the agriculture and food industry have also started to turn to, which will also be hit, from the autumn, by the elimination of tax facilities, a measure that could lead to a decrease in wages in these markets . At this moment, the average net salary in agriculture is 4,200 lei. An agricultural engineer earns, on average, 4,300 lei per month, a purchasing specialist 5,000 lei, a chemist 3,500 lei, a zootechnical engineer 4,000 lei, and a forestry engineer 6,000 lei.

An agricultural machinery mechanic earns an average salary of 4,000 lei.Although the largest employer of the four mentioned, the food industry is also the sector with the lowest wages. The market average is 3,500 lei, according to Salario data. A food engineer has an average net salary of almost 4,000 lei per month, a security inspector 3,500 lei, a quality engineer 4,000 lei, a cook 3,500 lei, and a baker / pastry chef / confectioner 3,000 lei per month.

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