Companies advertising jobs in the West Country have turned to Romanian websites in an attempt to fill positions.
Jobs as care assistants and hotel chefs are up for grabs in Bristol after restrictions were lifted for Romanian and Bulgarian workers on New Year's Day.
Salaries start at £260 per month – with accommodation included – and reach up to £1,200. Bristol has one of the lowest levels of unemployment in the UK at 3.2 per cent (9,427 people). Job vacancies across the UK are also set to be presented at new job fairs held in Romania to fill more positions on cruise ships, in restaurants and catering, agriculture, construction, engineering and childcare.
Some companies are offering to pay for travel to England as part of the job package.
Working restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians were lifted in the UK and eight other EU countries on New Year's Day, six years after the states joined the EU.
A new Romanian consul in Bristol, Razvan Constantinescu, has been appointed to help the transition and will take office on January 20.
However, he played down higher estimates of the numbers of people likely to move to Bristol from Romania as a consequence of the restrictions being lifted. His voluntary job, carried out in his spare time, will be to forge stronger business connections between Bristol and his home country and help community cohesion.
He said many Romanians may choose to work in other European countries which have also had restrictions lifted. He added that predictions were impossible and the numbers could even fall in Bristol. There are currently about 1,000 Romanians in the city. On Romanian recruitment website Tjobs, there are more than 4,000 jobs advertised in England – more than twice as many as any other country.
There are close to 2,000 jobs in Germany and just over 1,000 in Greece. Raluca Stefanescu, from the recruitment website Tjobs, told the Mail Online: "Most of the Romanians choose to leave the country for economic reasons and according to our statistics, more than 80 per cent are planning to work abroad for a few years, save some money and came back to buy a house and maybe start a small business."
A report commissioned by the Home Office revealed that Bristol experienced some of the highest rates of migration in the years leading up to 2011. The city's population increased by 42,400 people (10.9 per cent) between 2001 and 2011. Of the 428,000 people living in Bristol, 6,415 were born in Poland, 4,947 in Somalia, 3,809 in India and 3,279 in Jamaica.