The National Institute of Statistics released data showing that the average gross salary in November 2017 was RON 3,430, which is 3.1 percent higher than the previous month. The net average was RON 2,464.

The highest-paid employees were in the IT&C sector (RON 6,157) and the lowest salaries were found in hotels and restaurants (RON 1,409).

In most activities in the economic sector, the average salaries were higher in November than they had been in October 2017. The increases were due to occasional bonuses (including trimestral, annual, performance-based or the 13th salary), in-kind awards, amounts of the net profit and other funds (including meal tickets and gift tickets), as well as the achievement of higher production or revenue. Other reasons for the growth included layoffs of low-salary staff in some economic activities.

The highest increases in net salaries were seen in the following sectors: production of road transport motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers (14 percent); printing and reproduction of recorded media (10.2 percent);

Salaries went up by between 7 and 10 percent in manufacturing of electric equipment, computers, electronic and optical products, tobacco products, financial intermediation, research and development, extraction of superior and inferior coal, car manufacturing, machinery and equipment, manufacturing of other means of transport; between 5 and 6 percent in manufacturing rubber products and plastic masses, paper and paper products, storage and auxiliary transport activities, other extractive activities, manufacturing of substances and chemical products.

The most significant decreases in net average salaries were in the metals sector (-3.6 percent), insurance, reinsurance and pensions funds activities, manufacturing of coking plant products and products obtained from the processing of crude oil, forestry (all between 1 and 2.5 percent).

In the public sector, there were increases in the average net salaries in education (3 percent) as a result of hourly payments of teaching staff, public administration (2.7 percent) and health and social assistance (0.6 percent).

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