Business reported a shortage of builders in Russia

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Almost 50% of developers have experienced a shortage of builders, the National Association of Builders (NOSTROY) told Izvestia. The shortage of workers is 40-50%, specified in the SRO “Ural Association of Builders” (UOS).

After stopping construction in April last year, many migrants went home, said the president of Inteko, a member of the public council under the Ministry of Construction, Alexander Nikolaev. So far, in accordance with a government decree, foreigners cannot enter Russia, including to work on construction sites.

The shortage of personnel began to be felt back in November-December 2020, but the problem arose most acutely after the New Year holidays, said Dmitry Lopatkin, Deputy Director of Ardisstroykomplekt, a member of the UOS Expert Council.

The business offered to return the right to CIS citizens to enter Russia to work on construction sites. This is stated in a letter from the “Ural Association of Builders” addressed to Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin. A copy of the document is at the disposal of Izvestia. It states that the initiative is supported by NOSTROY.

The association explained that it is difficult to replace CIS citizens with Russian workers in the short term, since it takes time to train them and popularize the construction professions. The deputy prime minister’s office told Izvestia that the letter had been received and that the issue was under consideration.

The Ministry of Construction receives numerous appeals from regions and construction organizations on the issue of attracting foreigners in the construction sector, Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing and Communal Services Nikita Stasishin told Izvestia.

The department has developed a regulation for the organized import of migrants for work, he added. The regulation involves escorting foreigners after their arrival in Russia to the place of work, testing for COVID-19, registering at the place of stay, issuing permits, concluding an employment contract, Stasishin said.

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Labor burden: shortage of builders in Russia reaches 50%

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