Romanian pensioners are on the verge of poverty and many are looking for work after a lifetime of work. Instead of enjoying a quiet old age, the number of retirees looking for work to supplement their incomes has increased by 30%, most of them in the less developed counties, aged between 63 and 70, away from the city.
Romanian pensioners, on the verge of poverty
Romanians are increasingly interested in working as tradesmen, getting involved in household activities for other Romanians on weekends or a few hours a week, and working in unskilled jobs. Thus, the number of Romanians willing to work as occasional tradesmen increased by almost 60% in 2023 compared to last year. In addition, over 40% of them are people with a permanent job and retirees, who want to supplement their income against the background of price increases and for fear of more difficult times, shows an analysis by DeLucru.ro, the main platform that puts in contact Romanians who need craftsmen and people looking for work in household activities or looking for jobs with and without qualification in Romania or abroad.
The number of applications to ads from Romanians looking for work increased by 60% in 2023 compared to last year. Those most interested in working as craftsmen are Romanians from the urban environment, but the number of young people interested in working in the rural environment is increasing. Thus, the Romanians most interested in unskilled jobs are from the counties of Vâlcea, Olt, Argeș, Bacău and Suceava.
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Regarding the field of work, Romanians are interested in working in construction activities, cleaning, product packaging, cargo handling and production activities in factories. Job offers from rural people, who are looking for day laborers for various activities (digging in the garden, chopping wood or other household chores) are also increasing. This trend is also given by the depopulation of the villages, as the able-bodied people have migrated to the cities or even abroad.
Employees are looking for additional income
At the same time, the number of pensioners looking for work increased by 30%, the most interested in activities for additional income being in less developed counties and are generally people between 63 and 70 years old, from the urban environment.
“We designed DeLucru for low-income retirees who want to stay active and earn extra income. With the help of DeLucru, retirees can find work opportunities based on their experience and knowledge, helping them cover their daily costs or save for the future,” says the DeLucru.ro platform, where retirees can find ads of employment.
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In parallel, people between 25 and 55 years old, with stable jobs, are looking for work to increase their income. Thus, the majority of those who apply to the ads or create their own job search ad on the DeLucru.ro platform are either interested in a second part-time job, or to work in their spare time, during the week or on the weekend. In this category, women are mostly interested in supplementing their income, especially in Bucharest and Ilfov and Iași counties, but also in other counties in the country.