EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Romania
Location of affected unit(s): Bucharest (Bucharest Region), Iasi county (North-East Region), Cluj county (Centre Region)


Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating
Number Employed: 3000
Group: Hyparlo & Carrefour

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 01-05-2007
Type of Restructuring: Business expansion
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2007
Planned Job Creation: 2000

Additional Information

In the course of 2006, Carrefour employed almost 2,500 people in Romania. From the total number of employees (3,800) almost a third were recruited during this year, mostly for the new hypermarket Carrefour Feeria. We shall hire approximately other 1,300 persons for a new location in Constanta and to cover the personnel turnover and the new needs emerging underway”, stated Ana Dumitru, human resources manager for Carrefour Romania, in June 2006. She added that employers will face difficulties in finding new employees because the labour market does not offer sufficient personnel trained in the field. “Currently, we are faced with labour deficit at all levels. It is less a problem for middle management positions as we use internal promotion, but when we must recruit externally, we face real problems”, Dumitru further commented. Up to now, Carrefour Romania has invested about EUR 200 million for the seven hypermarkets it opened in this country. On 2 May 2007, the company announced the intention to invest around EUR 5 million in refurbishing the former Univers`All store in the centre of Bucharest and to hire from this location around 300 people.In present, in Bucharest, the company has a network of four hypermarkets with approximatelly 3,000 employees. In the second half of 2007, Carrefour Romania intends to open another three hypermarkets, two located in Iasi (North-East Region) and one in Cluj (Center Region) and as result the number of employees to increase this year with 2,000 persons.