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Russia – Agency workers want permanent jobs

20 April 2012

95% of agency workers in Russia want to work on a permanent basis, new research on satisfaction levels amongst temporary workers shows. The study, which was jointly conducted by the association of private employment agencies (PEA), which includes market leading recruitment firms, Kelly Services, Adecco and Ancor, also found that 36% of temporary employees want to become union members to increase the protection of their rights.

It is unclear how many contingent workers can be found in Russia as the figure could lie anywhere between 100,000 to 300,000 due to the high prevalence of a black market (suppliers not paying business taxes not employment taxes). But the study, which questioned 1,500 temporary workers, did show that 69% of Russian agency workers were under 30 years of age and 12% were students.

Temporary workers mostly come from higher education levels (51%) although the temporary staffing market is dominated by low-skill jobs.  The amount of women working in temporary jobs is also high at 72%.

Most agency workers can be found in professions such as sales assistants (28%) and professional jobs (23%) while only 4% are managers. The average salary of agency workers is below the national average. 

The study also highlighted the low job security amongst temporaries. Only 10% liked their jobs while 11% described it as a temporary escape and 14% complained about having no job security. Hence 95% of respondents said they were keen to get a permanent job while 83% were hoping to be taken on full-time by the company they work for. Around 37% of agency workers said they had been temporaries for more than three years.  

The Russian staffing market is fast-growing and poised for above-average growth in the next few years. It is characterised by credible staffing brands servicing large multinational employers as well as large domestic firms, and a sizeable ‘black market’.

Despite a number of positive growth drivers, the country is not without its challenges for buyers and suppliers of temporary labour including political unrest, corruption, a weak economic infrastructure and an uncertain legislative environment. To read our latest research on the staffing market in Russia, click here

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