Latest News  

Exclusive OT: Iasi business services employ more than 8,000 people - ABSL

Romania's business services industry has more than 80,000 employees and contractors, while Iasi is estimated to employ more than 8,000 people, Florin Grama, the president of the Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL) in Romania, stated during the first conference dedicated to the services branch in Iasi, "Iasi Business Mixer: The Northern Star of Business Services," quoted by the

2016-04-07 14:02:14 - by Alexandra Lopotaru

"From my point of view, Iasi has a really huge potential and it is a key market for the industry," said Grama. "Iasi is definitely an important location, which we estimate to employ more than 8,000 people. The city finds itself at the beginning, but we are looking to double and triple the business here," he added.

Present at the event also, Mihai Chirica, the interim mayor of Iasi, took the floor to say that the city is increasingly attracting new investments and "the more the door is widely open, the more the business services will grow" in the future.

"Iasi is a pole of growth within the IT sector," said Chirica. "The city is open for investments and it needs to be challenged. Moreover, we need to support its challenges. We have considered that we must establish on each branch of activity working groups to facilitate the communication between companies and authorities."

In terms of Iasi's advantages, Viorel Opait, the Business Development director at JLL Romania, stated that the city is definitely the "Northern star" of Romania as it offers a good mix of infrastructure and location, with proper airport connection, while Marcin Tomasz Nowak, Delivery Centre director, IGO Eastern Europe, Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, mentioned the language skills and the cultural proximity, along with the competitive labour cost.

Furthermore, the business services sector in Iasi is expected to grow this year, especially in terms of BPO, as around 1,000 new positions will be available in this segment, according to Roxana Ionescu-Birsan, external relations responsible at Edurom, a Romanian-based company that provides human resources services, especially training, recruitment and consultancy. "Around 800-1,000 new positions will be open in BPO industry in Iasi this year," she said.

"However, although BPO is increasing, there are still some difficulties we have to face. The first and most important bottleneck we have noticed is the low level of training of the candidates as compared to companies' needs."

Grama has also mentioned that local education system is another important aspect for ABSL, the association intending to replicate in Iasi the master programme that ABSL is running with the University of Economic Studies (ASE) in Bucharest, a project accredited by the Ministry of Education.
ABSL, the leading organization representing the business services industry, organized the first conference dedicated to the services branch in Iasi as the city has started to become in the recent years more and more attractive to the companies looking to expand their operations in Romania.

The event brought together representatives of leading business service centres in Romania and abroad, governmental and local authorities, as well as organizations supporting the growth of this industry. The event was moderated by Colin Lovering, commercial director at Corporate Office Solutions and chairman of British Romanian Chamber of Commerce.

0 COMMENTS ^ Go back to Top
WRITE A COMMENT ^ Go back to Top
Your email address will not be published.
Validation Code
Deloitte study reveals Romania's young talents look for organizations in which they matter

Only 15.6 per cent of Romanian millennials think that university graduates in the country are well prepared for professional work. However, 75 per cent of the Romanian students wish to continue their education

 Read Full article »
DB Global Technology kicks off the third edition of DB Tech School

DB Global Technology, the technology center of Deutsche Bank in Bucharest, is preparing for the third edition of DB Tech School, a training program for Java specialists, the company announced.

 Read Full article »
Atos joins global cybersecurity initiative Charter of Trust

Atos, along Enel and AES Corporation joined Charter of Trust, a global cybersecurity initiative. The announcement has been made during this year's 2018 CERAWeek conference in Houston.

 Read Full article »
Luxoft appoints Bogdan Pelinescu as Managing Director for Central Europe

Luxoft Holding, global IT service provider, today announced that starting from March 1, 2018 Bogdan Pelinescu will become its Managing Director for Central Europe.

 Read Full article »
NTT Data Romania leases 2.800 sqm in the third building of Openville Timisoara

The Iulius Company and NTT Data Romania, one of the top providers of software solutions and in Romania, signed a lease agreement for premises in the third class A office building currently pending development i

 Read Full article »
CTP operates five of the Top 10 industrial buildings with BREEAM in-Use certification

The company CTP is continuing its efforts to support permanent, sustainable development and is continuously building top-of-the-line spaces, which are presented with various noteworthy awards. It currently owns

 Read Full article »
The Romanian Unicorn: UiPath raises around 120 mln dollars investment for software robots for internal business tasks

TechCrunch has learned that Romanian RPA developer UiPath, a startup that builds ‘software robots' for enterprises to help automate legacy and back-office functions, has raised a Series B round of funding th

 Read Full article »
ABSL Cluj-Napoca Business Mixer 2018: Transformations, innovations and continuous improvements in the BPO space

ABSL organized the 3rd edition of Cluj-Napoca Business Mixer on February 27. More than 70 people coming from over 30 companies were present at the event, eager to learn more about the transformations, innova

 Read Full article »
National Statistics Institute: The weight of innovative enterprises scaled down 2.6 per cent between 2014 and 2016

Innovation in Romanian enterprises dropped in the period 2014-2016 compared to the period 2012-2014, according to the provisional results of the statistical survey on innovation in industry and services. Large

 Read Full article »
Vodafone Romania buys Romanian IoT company

The Romanian unit of British wireless carrier Vodafone said it has signed an agreement for the acquisition of Evotracking, an Internet of Things (IoT) Romanian company which owns the EVOGPS brand.

 Read Full article »
» Molson Coors started to grow its busin...
» Romania, Europe's third and world's 13...
» Saxo Bank analysis: Romania, the ideal...
» Committed to growth
» New customer contact centre opens at B...
» Why AFI Tech Park is the best value fo...
» Genpact's COO: Staying ahead of the cu...
» Oracle reaches 4,200 employees and pla...
» LeasePlan to open service center in Bu...
Accenture: Company culture is key to unlocking gender equality and narrowing pay gap

New research from Accenture has identified 40 workplace factors that create a culture of equality – including 14 factors that matter the most. The research, published today in the company's "Getting to Equal

 Read Full article »
Romanian Outsourcing & Shared Services Summit at its fourth edition on March 22

OUTSOURCING TODAY, the integrated communication platform of the business services sector, presents the Fourth Edition of Romanian Outsourcing & Shared Services Summit on March 22nd at Hilton Hotel, Bucharest. T

 Read Full article »
Romanian employers forecast the most subdued hiring pace since Q1 of 2016

The Q2 of 2018 hiring perspectives are positive, but trend moderately weaker both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year

 Read Full article »
IT&C companies are the first for renting new office space

The IT&C sector ranks first in the top of fields renting new office space in 2017, study of ESOP I Corfac International consulting company says.

 Read Full article »
Nominations are now OPEN at the Romanian Outsourcing & Shared Services Awards

Outsourcing Today organizes the 4th edition of the Awards Gala on May 10 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Bucharest. The event that rewards and celebrates the success of the most prominent companies acting in the Outso

 Read Full article »
Latest News  
about us | newsletter | contact | members area
Copyright © 2015 by Diplomat Media Events Design by Diplomat Media Events