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Driver job, most sought-after on Romania's labor market

Being a driver remains the most sought after job on the Romanian labor market, where the shortage of candidates is generated by the increased attractiveness of international transport jobs, according to OLX's "Index of Jobs".

According to the survey, the acute shortage of drivers is mainly reflected in the large number of job ads posted by companies in the last six months of 2018 (with a 2pct increase over the same period in 2017). Thus, the "drivers - courier services" remained again in the second half of last year the category that gathered the most jobs, over 45,500 active offers.

"Drivers' salaries show a huge discrepancy between the offers of those working in domestic transport and of those working in international transport. Those who work internally earn somewhere between 2,000 and 4,000 lei net, and 20-25pct of the drivers with whom we are discussing and are working in international transport have salaries of over 6,000 lei net, including daily allowances. The shortage of candidates and drivers also comes from the increased attractiveness of international transport jobs," commented Paul Neagoe, business manager of OLX Romania.

In the rankings of categories with the most applicants, second after drivers is the "Work Abroad" category, which saw over 700,000 applications. Even if in absolute value this category has a number of advertisements and candidates lower than the category of drivers, the "Work Abroad" has a higher ratio of candidates / number of available jobs. Thus, on average, 52 candidates applied for an overseas job vacancy posted by employers, according to OLX.

At the opposite end, the most difficult candidates to find are those for the jobs available in the sections "Production Workers - Warehouse - Logistics" (where the average closing time of an ad reaches 23 days).

The OLX survey was based on the centralized data from the "Jobs" section of the OLX website in the last six months of 2018.


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