Young Russians favor jobs in fintech over energy sector – survey

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Most young Russians would prefer careers in the fintech (financial technology) sector to jobs in the oil and gas industry, a new survey by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) has found.

Among respondents aged 18-24, a quarter said they would like to work at Tinkoff bank, 24% opted for Russian energy giant Gazprom, and 23% called Sberbank as the most favoured employer.

In the 25-34 age group, 30% of those polled would like to work for Gazprom, while Serbank (18%) and Russian tech giant Yandex (18%) rounded out the top three.

The research center found that 30% of Russia’s working-age people would opt for Gazprom, which came top of the ranking for the third consecutive year.

Russian Railways, Rosneft, Sberbank and Rosatom shared the second spot with 13%.

The poll also showed that Rosatom is often preferred by Russians with a higher education. Those wishing to work for Yandex, which was ranked third in the ranking, dropped from 18% to 10%.

Energy major Lukoil was viewed favorably by 9% of those polled, while state-run Roscosmos, mining major Norilsk Nickel, and Tinkoff Bank each received 8% of votes in the survey.

The agency added that 7% and 4% of respondents who had reached working age would opt for e-commerce giants Wildberries and Ozon.

A high salary and benefits, compliance with obligations to employees, and labor safety standards are cited as being the top criteria for choosing a job.

The WCIOM poll was conducted October 4-6, among a random national sample of 1,200 Russian adults over the age of 18, contacted by phone.

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