Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Match Constantly Missed

A Match Constantly Missed

It is ever the wander that desperate Europeans, bankrupt and bereft, squeezed out by austerity, packing degrees in critical fields, will flood out of their severely destroyed economies and not other slightly less destroyed European economies where they than proceed to swell the ranks of the unemployed and unemployable in those nations.

All scream that all they want is a job, but is that so? 

Why do I ask? Because right next door, not in some far off land yander, is a land that is in dire need of professional workers and not just those with higher degrees. Russia's economy is at historic low unemployment. While nation wide the rate is 5.4%, the rate in the major cities, the engines of the economy, the rates are between 0,5-1,5%. 

According to a recent ManPower survey, plans to hire are remaining firm, it finding candidates is becoming ever more difficult, even with salaries growing at twice the rate of inflation and already, post taxes, standing on par with Italy. As a matter of fact, those planning on expanding grew by 16%, stronger than a year ago.

To put meat on that one, 43% of employers can not find candidates. And which are the top positions in demand? Top ten:
1. Skilled trade workers: welders, builders, carpenters, etc
2. Engineers
3. Sales reps (yes fluent Russian is a must on this one)
4. Technicians 
5. Accountants
6. Management Executives
7. IT Staff
8. Truck Drivers
9. Office Support Staff
10. Common Laborers (preferably of the non-Islamic variety)

So what to do?

Well first, the question: which category do I fall into: worker or highly qualified specialist?

We will start with the HQSs. This is a technical or management position. A university degree is required and the salary needs to be at least 2 million rubles, or about $60k. If you qualify for such a position, then you need to find a sponsor, that is an employer. Russian language helps, but since this is as often a Western company as a Russian one and it's a critical position, it's not necessary. 

In such a case, the employer will take care of getting you a 3 yr visa, which takes about 5 weeks turn around time before you are flying into Russia. After a 1 yr stay in Russia on this visa, you can apply for long term residency. This is in turn linked to your visa. After 5 yrs on such a visa you can apply for citizenship. You will have to pass a Russian language exam.

If you are not a HQS, I still suggest getting a job before coming in. Or coming in on a tourist visa and quickly finding a job. Because of the nature of this, knowing Russian at least on a rudimentary level is much more critical. Then you need to go to the immigration office and ask for permission for extended stay in Russia. This is a 6 month stay and along with it comes a right to work.

After 6 months you need to apply and secure a temporary visa which gives you 3 yrs but you can not move out of the oblast you live in (province) and must have a job. After 1 yr you can apply for permanent residency and after 5 yrs for citizenship.

So now you know and can hunt jobs on headhunter.rumonster.com or LinkedIn.com

The question now is: do you really want to work or are you a poser?

1 comment:

WesternCatholicEuropean said...

rnymunct Why would an unemployed Western European want to be unemployed in Eastern Europe/Russia? That does not sound advantageous.

It seems to me that immigrants should learn the language of the country they are going to - even if they could theoretically get by without it. And they should have respect for the culture - in this case the Orthodox religion and Russian culture.

Are Moscow and St. Petersburg dangerous? What is the best city/place to live in?