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Issue № 97. April 2023

Staffing in the Field of Information Technology in Russia: Problems and Prospects

Pavel S. Shvyriaev

Postgraduate student, School of Public Administration, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russian Federation.

The article is devoted to the study of the problem of staffing in the field of information technology in Russia in 2022; the nature and scale of this process are analyzed. During 2022, the most qualified and sought-after personnel left the country — the leaders of the digital transformation of the present and future. In Russian organizations, highly qualified specialists who have left are being replaced by lower-skilled personnel with less experience and a more modest set of skills and abilities. Moreover, the process of searching for new personnel can stretch for several months, which has a negative impact on production processes. In 2022, a high potential for departure and reorientation to foreign companies has formed among Russian specialists. The long-term negative contribution to the outflow of qualified personnel from Russia is made by the sanctions imposed on the fields of science and education. The measures taken by the Russian authorities to solve the problem are of limited effectiveness: one can talk about the prospect of stabilizing or freezing the problem, but not about its solution. It is emphasized that in the absence of effective tactical and strategic measures to solve this problem, in the coming years, the Russian state may face a new problem: technological degradation and stagnation in digital development against the backdrop of a shortage of highly qualified personnel. This problem requires immediate measures to eliminate it, primarily through an understanding of the reasons for the departure of specialists, as well as their goals and motives, life attitudes. Support measures taken by the state should take into account two levels of reasons: firstly, it is the minimization of the influence of those factors that prompted specialists to leave the country; secondly, the creation of long-term comfortable and attractive conditions for the development of IT specialists within the country.


“Brain drain”, digital development, human resources, sanctions, public policy.

DOI: 10.24412/2070-1381-2023-97-231-240

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