The departure of foreign automobile brands did not affect the St. Petersburg labor market. This was stated by Deputy Governor Kirill Polyakov on the airwaves of the Vesti St. Petersburg program.
The three factories of the companies that left Russia – Nissan, Hyundai and Toyota – are still inactive. At the same time, all remaining employees of the enterprises continue to receive salaries.
“The cuts had no effect on the labor market in St. Petersburg, because today we are experiencing a shortage of professional staff. My colleagues and I are doing a lot of work to reorient our vocational schools to produce the necessary personnel for the industry in St. Petersburg,” Polyakov explained.
He added that the average level of wages for workers in the industry is significantly higher than in the whole country. In 2022, the average indicators exceeded the mark of 82,000 rubles. And employees of large defense enterprises receive more than 100,000 rubles.
Recall that now the authorities are looking for opportunities to start production at all vacant sites. The former Nissan plant in St. Petersburg will soon be occupied by AvtoVAZ. Another plant is known to be in the works for the restart – but so far details have not been disclosed. Another Russian company is likely to open production in the city, Polyakov said.