OREANDA-NEWS  In Russia, the demand for builders, engineers and working specialties has soared at times against the background of the active development of budget funds for the construction of roads, Kommersant writes with reference to Avito Works data.

In April 2023, Russian companies placed 2.8 times more vacancies for builders than in 2022. Road workers and engineers began to be searched 2.2 times more often, bulldozer drivers — 2.4 times. The demand for tractor drivers has almost doubled — by 86 percent.

Dmitry Panov, Coordinator of Delovaya Rossiya for the North-Western Federal District, notes that such dynamics is associated with the launch of major road projects. As Dmitry Puchkov, the development director of Avito Work, recalled, the state plans to allocate 13.2 trillion rubles for them in 2023-2027.

The biggest jump in demand was noted in Kazan and Ufa — there were four times more vacancies against the background of plans to modernize and expand the main infrastructure, in particular, the Kazan — Yekaterinburg highway and the M-12 Moscow—Nizhny Novgorod— Kazan highway. According to the head of the Sherpa Group Alexandra Galaktionova, in the first three months of the year, 57.3 billion rubles have already been mastered under the national project "Safe High—quality Roads" - a third more than last year.

However, experts note that the increase in the number of vacancies is explained not only by the creation of jobs, but also by a shortage of personnel. There have been a shortage of qualified workers in the construction industry for several years, but earlier the outflow from the industry occurred due to low wages, and since 2022 partial mobilization has become an additional factor. According to analysts, even an increase in salary offers does not allow companies to recruit enough staff now.

In May, a third of the surveyed Russians engaged in intellectual work declared their readiness to switch to working professions in case of unforeseen situations, such as dismissal, reduction or economic crisis. 15 percent of respondents agree to leave the office for the factory unconditionally, another 23 percent — subject to job security. At the same time, more than half of the respondents admit that a working specialty will make them more protected from economic crises than other specialists.