One of the key HR problems, in the opinion of the partner and Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group in Russia Konstantin Polunin, consists in skills mismatch. “More than 1.3 bln people in the world perform their work without being properly qualified for it. People do not do what they want to do; they are dissatisfied with their salary and show no desire for self-improvement. This leads to a slowdown in economy and impacts the quality of life”, the expert said.
A similar viewpoint was expressed by Russian President’s Envoy for Digital and Technological Development Dmitry Peskov: “We are on the threshold of an era of uncertainty when no one knows what kind of lessons should be given and what is to be learnt tomorrow. There is a simple model of competence evolution, and if you want to be successful in labor market you must invest in “switching”, i.e. in an ability to be knowledgeable in several areas at once. This will reduce your risks”.
“One should invest one’s resources properly – education will allow you to grow. Improve yourself. When “shoemakers get their shoes”, life becomes different”, Dmitry Peskov summed up.
Deputy Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Andrey Betin believes that it is very important to find interested people when looking for talents: “It is useless to force talents to work in the system and it is useless to look for them. Recruitment, appraisal, development are HR mechanisms that will help invest the available resources in the proper area, so that these “resources” foster the next generation afterwards”.
Andrey Betin stressed a need for transparency in the system as such: “Lack of trust in the society is one of the factors impeding the improvement of team work and the work of each employee in general. If we try to look for talents and do not change the processes from within, talents will either leave, or vanish”.
State Secretary/Deputy Minister of Finance of the RF Yury Zubarev reported that the age structure in the Ministry changed drastically within the last two years. 30% of the total headcount at the Ministry of Finance is comprised by people under 30, another 34% - by people between 30 and 40. “We compete on equal terms in labor market for the most high-skilled modern staff, which is primarily attracted by the involvement in large-scale national tasks and by chances of professional growth. They realize that the employment with Ministry of Finance is a highly valuable paragraph in their CV”, — Yury Zubarev highlighted.The employees of the Ministry get the opportunity of constant training and professional improvement, he added: “Not only soft skills but hard skills as well. Our training courses in corporate financing, financial modelling, company assessment, statistics, mathematical analysis turned out to highly demanded. The employees are interested in refreshing their knowledge, and an employer should provide them with such opportunities if he wants to succeed in competing for the best human resources”.