Last year, Moldova lost 37,000 employees: The labor force deficit is becoming more acute


Lack of qualified staff and the inability to offer adequate salaries

According to the National Agency for Employment (ANOFM), the labor shortage was felt in 2022 by the majority of employers, especially those in the private sector (65%).

The biggest labor force deficit was felt in the field of wholesale and retail trade; maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles – 22%. The manufacturing industry follows – with 14%, public administration and defense; mandatory social insurance – 12% and the health and social assistance sector – 8%.

The study reveals that the share of employers who lacked permanent labor in 2022 constituted about 18% and increased compared to the previous year by two percentage points (2021-16%).

“As a result of the lack of labor during 2022, about 10,000 vacancies could not be filled, according to employers’ reports, most of them being in the municipality of Chisinau. The main reasons put forward by employers for the lack of labor force are the lack of qualified and experienced staff, the low number of applicants and the impossibility of offering an adequate salary”, the ANOFM study states.

The energy crisis and the war in Ukraine are to blame.

“Small and medium-sized enterprises were the most affected by the crisis and the main factors that affected their activity resulted from the fact that they were hit hard by the energy crisis, the war near the border with the Republic of Moldova and the disruption of supply chains and the decrease in demand for goods /products/services”, the study states.

The trend will continue and in 2023 another 9,000 places will disappear

The specialists from ANOFM claim that the same trend is observed for the year 2023, and the written number of employees could decrease by around 9,000 people to 586,400.


p class=”mb-8 px-6 md:px-0 font-bitter text-s17-l170 md:text-s18-l170 text-c121212″>According to the study, the largest share of the total number is made up of employees from Wholesale and Retail Trade – 17.4%, Public Administration and Defense – 16.9%, Manufacturing Industry – 15%, followed by Health and Social Assistance – 10%. From a territorial point of view – 56% of the total number of employees (or every second one) are in the municipality of Chisinau.

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