When the last survey was completed, Bucharest was just above Cluj-Napoca, with an average salary of 3,684 lei (~€776) compared to 3,115 lei (~€656). The national average is 3,075 lei (~€647). Salaries in Cluj are now at 7% over the national average compared to just 3% in Bucharest.

The survey was carried out at 360 companies across 12 different markets and approximately 100,000 employees responding.

Mercer Marsh Benefits, the company performing the survey, speculated that this is because Bucharest has already received a lot of foreign investment, and companies are seeking alternative locations to set up business.

“Bucharest has been surpassed (in terms of average salary). Last year it was the best city in terms of salaries, this year we can see that it was overtaken by Cluj-Napoca. The salaries in Bucharest have constantly been around 2-3% above the country-wide average in recent years. But soon, I think companies in Ploiesti (a city 60 km north of Bucharest) will pay similar salaries as those in Bucharest. The investments were made from outside the country and Bucharest is over-saturated from this perspective and that is why the organizations have redirected to other cities. Cluj-Napoca has many IT companies, companies with outsourced services, companies that are developing and that has led to this growth” said Gabriela Nechita, talent information solution leader Romania at the human resources consulting firm Mercer Marsh Benefits.

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