Earlier this year we wrote a blog about Cluj-Napoca being the top IT outsourcing destination in Romania and the reasons we believe this is true. And we received quite positive feedback afterwards, which led us into thinking that a follow up blog would be appreciated by our readers.
This time we asked ourselves whether or not it’s true that Cluj-Napoca is the IT center of Romania. We did our research and what we found was that, according to a survey conducted by ARIES Transylvania IT Cluster, Cluj-Napoca is the main IT business poll in the country after the capital city of Bucharest.
The competition was fierce, and the cities battling for the title were Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara and Iași. Without further ado, we want to present you with the facts.
- Cluj-Napoca hosts over 1235 IT companies that have 14.036 employees, counting for 8.7% of the city’s total number of employees. This means that 1 out of 11 active employees work in IT.
- The number of IT companies in Cluj-Napoca has grown by over 75% since 2011, way above the national mean.
- The share of software building companies (CAEN code 6201) related to the total number of active companies in Cluj-Napoca is larger than the national average.
- Between 2011 and 2016, the number of IT startups in Romania has almost doubled, growing from 1.806 in 2011 to 3.795 in 2016. In Cluj-Napoca, the share of IT startups has grown from 18.4% to 26.5% in the 6 years span.
- The number of IT startups in Cluj-Napoca is greater compared to that of Timișoara or Iași.
- The highest salaries in Cluj-Napoca are held by national managers, general managers or IT managers, who earn an average of 2.000-3.000 euros per month.
- Cluj is the runner up county with the most IT employees, in Romania, after the capital city of Bucharest. Cluj has had over 8.200 IT employees in 2015, six times more than in 2008. Timiș county is #3 in the countdown with 5.200 programmers.
- Cluj-Napoca hosts the largest IT conferences and events in Romania (IT Days, Cluj Innovation Days, TechSylvania, DevTalks etc) and has the largest IT cluster in the country, namely Cluj IT Cluster.
Beyond the stats and the numbers, it’s clear that Cluj-Napoca is the most important active IT poll besides Bucharest. With each passing year, the IT market here is ever growing and expanding, making Cluj-Napoca the most wanted IT destination for programmers as well as entrepreneurs and IT outsourcing companies worldwide.
So, is Cluj-Napoca the IT capital of Romania? Well, if we solely consider the data compared to that of other Romanian cities and more importantly to Bucharest, it is not conclusive to say that Cluj is the IT center of Romania. However, if we look at the share the IT industry has on the local economy, the conclusion would be yes. What is your opinion on the matter?