A discrete or a visible presence, an elder about to retire or a young person who has just graduated, a man with a simply inscribed uniform or one who looks like a ninja, a man with a mission – to guard the customers, but also the … statistics of public employees and jobless people.
In the Registry of Trade, one can count almost 900 securities companies with a turnover above EUR 100,000 in 2013, and at the top of the list, the data is sometimes above that from the data of the big hotel chains. Actually, this is the first secret – it is not a sophisticated job and you can find a lot of people who have no alternative and accept the minimum wage or little more.
“Regarding the wage conditions of the employees, they depend primarily on the conditions of the legislation in force related to the national gross minimum wage, the specific objectives they have when they are on duty, as well as on the negotiated contract terms. A security officer can receive a gross salary of between RON 900 and 1,300 per month”, said Octavian Mârza, Chief Operating Officer G4S in Romania, in an interview for a local business publication.
The Danish company, which is the second largest private employer in the world (over 620,000 employees) is also one of the largest employers in Romania, with over 6,000 people employed through its division of cash security management and security solutions.
The G4S representative said that a common problem faced by the players on the market is the high staff turnover caused by low wages, but also by the fact that firms are starting to look for automated security systems.
Nevertheless, the low level of the salaries could be considered an “incentive’’ for sustaining some services, and we can see this regarding hotels and accommodation at the seaside, in general. These actually “live’’ just 3 – maximum 4 months a year and, with a good management, and a good weather, they are doing quite fine.