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Spring And Labor Day Celebrated

As we’re approaching the Day of Spring and Labor (The 1st of May) Bashkirova and partners independent research company has prepared a review based on a number of national representative surveys, carried out by our company in the period between 2013 and 2015.


During this period steady growth of positive estimates of our respondents’ satisfaction with their employment has been noted. After some drop of this parameter in the second half of 2013, the percentage of positive responses has grown up to 57%.


The fact that more than a half of the interviewed Russians are happy with their jobs, allows us to speak of some positive ongoing trends. Increase in positive responses in time of deflationary year of 2014 can be associated both with subjective re-estimation by our citizens of their current job setting (because of expectation of increase in economic vulnerability), and positive aftermath of import substitution development, which has been commenced in individual areas of agriculture. The percentage of rural residents, showing positive perception of their current employment, has gone up by 12%, town residents – by 8%, while this parameter is only by 3% up for megacities and regional centers dwellers (which is not surprising at all considering for e.g. crisis in machine building and other industry branches).


Reduction in number of unemployed could be another factor affecting the higher percentage of our people happy with their jobs. The data acquired in time of our studies is somewhat higher for unemployment figures, than that provided by the Russian official statistics. However these both are in line, considering common trend and seasonal fluctuations. Both according to the representative study and the government statistics, the number of unemployed is reducing.


According to the data received from the study, completed by Bashkirova and partners in the Russian work force, unemployment isn’t homogeneously spread. Thus, the percentage of unemployed in our citizens with secondary vocational education (by the International Labor Organization method) is twice greater than in professionals holding university diploma (8% vs. 4%). Unemployment is also greater amongst men than women (10% and 5% accordingly), and it is as twice as greater for small towns residents than for people living in megacities.  It’s curious, that the highest unemployment rate is found in regional centers with population size between 500 000 to 1 Mio residents (which probably can be conditioned by crisis developments in machine building, construction sector and retail business).  The given fact can explain why in these settlements respondents are more critically minded towards executive authorities and democratic institutions performance quality (please see our previous issues from February 13, and March 6 this year).



This study was conducted in April 2015 based on all-Russia random route sample (18+) by means of face-to-face interviews in place of residence. Altogether 1500 respondents in 8 federal districts, 150 settlements, 200 sample points have been surveyed. The sample error makes up ±2,5%. Credible interval is 95%.

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