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October 4, 2022

LabourMin Vasilescu: Ratio between lowest and highest salary to be 1 to 12, according to uniform pay law

The ratio between the lowest and the highest salary will be 1 to 12 following the enforcement of the Uniform Public Pay Law, Minister of Labour Olguta Vasilescu stated on Thursday at Sinaia, underscoring that unions have demanded a ratio of 1 to 13.

“All the authorities and public institutions are included in this Uniform Pay Law, except the National Bank of Romania (BNR) and the Financial Supervisory Authority (ASF) […] The ratio between the lowest and the highest salary is 1 to 12, unions have demanded a ratio of 1 to 13 because on the current legislation we have a ratio of 1 to 15 or better said we had 1 to 15, because the chaos which was generated in the system over the last period led to a much higher ratio. I believe it’s satisfactory for absolutely everyone that the ratio is 1 to 12,” Vasilescu stated.

The Labour Minister enumerated all the principles which the uniform public pay law stands on.

“The principles which this law is based on are the equality principle, in the sense that all the salary rights are established only through juridical norms of law force, the non-discrimination principle, in the sense of eliminating all forms of discrimination and instituting an equal treatment regarding the personnel of the budget sector, who carries out the same activity and has the same accumulated service and position; the equality principle by ensuring some salaries equals for labour with an equal values, the labour social importance principle, the principle of stimulating the budget sector’s personnel, the vertical and horizontal hierarchy principle within the same area and depending on the complexity and importance of the activity that is carried out, the transparency principle of the mechanism of establishing salaries and the financial sustainability principle, but for this last principle we should also work together with the Finance Ministry,” Vasilescu said.

According to the quoted source, the wages are differentiated based on positions, grades, levels and gradations.

“The gradations are granted in 7.5 percent for the first gradation from 3 to 5 years seniority, 5 percent for the second gradation from 5 to 10 years seniority, the 3rd gradation between 10 and 15 years seniority the percentage is 5, the 4th gradation is between 15 and 20 years seniority with a 2.5 percent and the 5th gradation over 20 years seniority with a percentage of 2.5, the Minister revealed.

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