OREANDA-NEWS Currently, the Russian oil and gas industry lacks 25 thousand employees. Elena Kuznetsova, partner of Yakov and Partners, told RIA Novosti about the shortage of staff.

She noted that the need for personnel in the sphere is 90 percent higher than at the beginning of 2021. Companies are particularly in need of welders, locksmiths, machinists, engineers and drillers. Moreover, problems with the lack of workers are fixed not only in the energy sector. In particular, companies are actively looking for sales specialists, IT specialists, builders and managers.

Kuznetsova emphasizes that it is most difficult for employers to find medium- and highly qualified personnel, since they cannot be replaced quickly. Experts attribute the shortage of labor to the relocation of specialists, the low attractiveness of work in remote regions, as well as the aging of existing personnel and low motivation of young people.

Earlier, the head of the Central Bank, Elvira Nabiullina, said that the shortage of personnel is the main problem of the Russian economy. According to the representative of the Bank of Russia, for further economic growth, it is necessary to ensure not the availability of money and loans, but to increase labor productivity.