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Russia flushed from 17th to 8th position in the world

Russia flushed from 17th to 8th position in the world in terms of recruitment activity

According to the quarterly survey conducted by Antal Russia, the number of companies hiring middle and senior managers has risen by around 10% since June 2010 and reached 75%, and is predicted to keep rising. Russia has moved up to 8th position from 17th place in the world in terms of recruitment activity. The survey embraced over 9,100 companies operating in Europe, Africa, India, China and USA including over 200 employers in Russia.

Many companies are planning budgets for next year now and the cost of personnel is one of the key ones. As social tax will increase to 34%, the cost of each employee will grow for the company, says Michael Germershausen, Antal Russia Managing Director. The main trend this year is striving to work more efficiently. The same trend is due to continue into next year according to our last survey and the number of companies letting people go has reached the level of May 2009, around 45%. The explanation is that companies are trying to get rid of less effective personnel and replace them with stronger ones. Growing recruitment activity speaks of the optimism of employers and can influence the salary growth next year and also the inflation rate for 2011. The Russian market will keep its leading positions of attractiveness for talent.

According to Antal Russia, companies are now focusing not only recruiting fee-earning staff (ie, revenue generators), but also back-office and support staff. Such professions as internal communications managers, compensation and benefits managers, IT directors, PR professionals and others are in demand again after a two year lull.

The trend of growing recruitment activity in Russia is currently exceeding global expectations: 57% of companies are hiring middle and senior managers which is 3% more then the percentage shown in the summer of 2010. At the same time the number of employers shedding staff has remained fairly stable, only rising one percentage point since June 2010.

However, despite strong signs of growth from Russia, certain other countries are outperforming the worlds largest country. Currently we are being overtaken by such countries as Ukraine with 79% of companies hiring new employees as well as Slovakia with 76%. Key European economies demonstrate the growth of recruitment activity: the percentage of companies attracting new employees has risen from 60% to 61% in United Kingdom, France shows the growth from 53% to 56%, while Germany curiously has become more passive and the percentage of hiring companies decreased from 41% in June to 32% in November 2010. The world leaders are such countries as Thailand (86%), China (81%), Philippines and Qatar (80%) and in last place in the rating is occupied by Hungary with a mere 27%. Antal Russia is one of the largest recruitment companies in Russia and CIS, focused on quality mid-senior level managerial recruitment across most industry sectors.

The British Recruitment Company Antal International entered the Russian market in 1994. At this time Antal was one of the very first international recruitment firms operating in Russia and the CIS. The Moscow representation was one of Antals first international offices and one of the largest and most successful all over the world.

In March 2008 Antal Russia was acquired by the FiveTen Group operating across 19 cities, 12 countries and four continents. Although most positions need to be filled in Moscow Antal Russia successfully work on projects in the regions and in other CIS countries, particularly Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Antal Russia opened its Kazakhstan office in Almaty in July 2010.


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