The current situation is that some spheres of employment are very much ‘over-saturated’, with more specialists seeking work than there are available jobs. However, in H2, over 18,000 new jobs are to be created, in line with the Council of Ministers’ Decree #621.
The May meeting with the President focused on employment security, with Mr. Lukashenko urging that conditions be created to ensure that highly qualified staff are retained, rather than being obliged to seek work abroad. The Government recently approved the launch of additional places, to ensure employment for all job-seekers in the second half of 2015. As a result, 18,000 new jobs are being created countrywide, with 5,800 centred in the Brest Region. The Vitebsk Region will have 1,500 new places, while Gomel is to receive 2,000, and Grodno 2,200. The Minsk Region is to create 2,700 additional jobs and 2,900 are destined for the Mogilev Region. The city of Minsk is to receive 900 new positions.
The Head of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection’s Employment Policy Department, Oleg Tokun, comments, “We hope this will soften the situation on the labour market, enabling people to find new jobs. As seen from the planned figures, most places will be created in the Brest Region where the greatest need is registered: 3.3 job-seekers per vacancy. In Minsk, this figure is just 0.8. The country has taken all possible measures to centrally fund schemes for people to develop their skills and training via new qualifications.”
Heads of regional executive committees and Minsk’s City Executive Committee will bear personal responsibility for the fulfilment of the task. Every quarter (by the 20th day of the month) they will be obliged to provide a progress report to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.
By Alexander Benkovsky