Jobs in Russia are not as plentiful as they once were, but there is still a growing demand in construction, renovation, energy and finance sectors. According to an Expat Economics Survey carried out by a well known international bank, expatriates in Russia are still grossing the highest salaries and fringe benefits. While a majority of the top level jobs are now occupied by local residents, there are still many options available to foreign workers.
For those interested in more casual work not requiring long term commitment, there are many opportunities in teaching, internships and freelance work. Even foreign workers in these fields earn a better salary than the average salary in Moscow.
There is also a big demand for native English-speaking nannies in Russia. While the pay packages vary greatly, they can still be very attractive as some parents are willing to provide a separate living accommodation, and transport in addition to basic pay. What’s more even men are in demand for these jobs! Many families especially ask for “Mannies” or “Hairy Poppins” to provide a male role-model in case of single parent families or because the father is frequently away on business.
Non professional, temporary workers should be prepared to accept the fact that temporary resident visas are extremely difficult to obtain. This is simply because there are so many different officials you have to deal with during the process of acquiring the visa, that what paperwork is acceptable to one official is usually not accepted by another. The process is long and requires a lot of patience. Some short term workers apply for a business visa, which is good for one year and much easier to get than the temporary resident visa. If they wish to continue working in Russia, they leave the country for a short vacation, reapply for the business visa and come back for another year.