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Companies such as Endava and Fortech drive up Cluj employment

In Cluj, Tech and outsourcing companies doubled staff transforming the Transilvanian city into second-largest IT investment destination in Romania.

2015-11-26 15:52:20

Over the past three years, the IT sector has boomed in Cluj-Napoca. Many software companies located there have doubled their staff in that period and are experiencing 20 to 30 percent growth in turnover, year on year, writes European Processing.

Some software companies prefer to set up shop in Cluj over Bucharest, according to IT recruitment agency Brainspotting.

Of the large pool of developers covering the full stack of software technology, 98 percent speak English and many are also fluent in German and Hungarian.

"We've seen some interesting JavaScript professionals with knowledge of CoffeeScript or AngularJS. There's also a lot of mobile development and SAP Basis," according to Brainspotting.

Overall, salaries are 10 percent lower compared with Bucharest. A junior iOS or Android developer has a take-home pay starting at €450 ($480) a month, while a senior engineer can make up to €3,000 ($3,200) a month, the agency's Talent Map shows.

Cluj-Napoca is the location of the Romanian headquarters of UK IT services company Endava. "Cluj is a vibrant city, welcoming and innovative, with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Many new companies are setting up offices there," Valentin Metzger, Endava's delivery director, said.

"There's strong demand and an opportunity for the IT community in Cluj to continue to develop. Local authorities and other business sectors are continuing to keep up with the infrastructure needed for business development," he said.

Endava had revenues of over €37m ($39m) last year in Romania, up 40 percent compared with 2013. It employs 1,400 people in the country, half of whom are located in Cluj.

Cluj's talent pool has also been appreciated by local software company Fortech. It is planning to increase its numbers in the coming years. "With a strong tradition in engineering, sustained by the technical universities, Cluj promises to ensure a constant flow of skilled graduates," Fortech CEO Calin Vaduva said.

Last year, the Romanian ICT sector was worth €2.4bn ($2.55bn), a 12.5 percent rise year on year, according to a recent report released by Romanian software and services industry association ANIS. And the future looks bright: estimates say it will be a €4bn ($4.26bn) market by 2020.

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