Yosef Gavriel Peisakh is the general manager of Work From Asia, one of the largest companies in charge with the recruiting and placement of Asian work force here in Romania. Over the last year we noticed a significant increase of demand for Asian human resources in Romania and we wanted to find out more about this phenomenon. Mister Peisakh was kind enough to answer some of our questions.
How did the need of importing workforce from Asia appeared here in Romania?
We are dealing with an acute lack of workforce here in Romania where most of the qualified or unqualified workers decided to leave the country and head towards West mainly. This is the reason why many businesses are now unable to sustain their workforce necessities.
Ten years ago, when I founded this company, our main activity was to provide domestic employees for Romanian families and this array of services referred mostly to babysitters and housekeepers from Asia. Organically we were faced with our client’s growing need of providing them with human resources from Asia also for their own businesses. Starting from the help they received at home people identified the need to replicate this successful pattern of using qualified or unqualified personnel from Asia in their own working domain.
Why do you think more and more companies decide to access Asian workforce?
In my opinion it has to do mainly with the Asian workforce mentality which in many cases is very different from the one present in Europe, especially from the Romanian one. It has to do with work ethics and principles which are hard to find. Moreover, the moment our company, Work From Asia, engages in recruiting and placing workforce, this process happens based on a two years contract which clearly stipulates that the employer ensures the accommodation and meals for their employee. This particular aspect is very appealing for the employees which are very interested in their performance level at the job, while the employer is happy to have the so needed stability of relying on the hired workforce.
What was the impact the pandemic had on the recruitment and placement of human resources from Asia here in Romania?
We had to adapt to the changes the workforce market was going through. When the lockdown happened, all flights were suspended and bringing workforce from Asia became basically an impossible mission. We had to adapt and to change strategy and somehow things happened quite naturally. On one hand we had businesses that were devastated by their activity being suspended and on the other we had a very large number of workers from Asia there were basically out job, truly abandoned here in Romania. That was the moment when Work From Asia started to recruit and place the existing Asian workforce here in Romania towards businesses that weren’t that much affected by the pandemics. I must admit that when the pandemics started, we were almost crushed by the significant drop in our requests for placing Asian workforce, especially in the HoReCa field.
Which are the domains with the biggest need for imported workforce?
By far the leading domain is the one of constructions that imports a significantly large number of workers from Asia. There is a great interest in Asian employees also in the field of agriculture, where from farmers to dedicated engineers or machine operators, the Romanian entrepreneurs started to seek and appreciate the qualified workforce, we provide them with from Asia. Even in the industrial field or in the textile’s domain, together with the heavy transports area there is a growing need of imported work force.
What’s your opinion on the work market’s evolution this year?
Now that the vaccine is out and more relaxed measures are being applied throughout the country, many businesses started to recover and they actually feel the need to make up for the lost income and volume of work from last year.
We remain hopeful that also the need to import work force from Asia will remain constant and even grow, now that more and more Romanian decide to leave the country.