There are not enough designers
Elona Balatbieva, head of the human resources department of the Metropolis company, commented on the situation in the labor market of the design and construction industry for the publication Kommersant in the article “Technologies Make Adjustments”.
The design and construction industry in the Russian personnel market is considered difficult. It has its own characteristics and problems.
The profession of a design engineer was, for some time, not entirely prestigious, low paid, and was perceived as a Soviet legacy. But now everything is changing, the prospects for design work are becoming wider, brighter, more interesting and more technological. Architects and designers receive a decent salary and are worth its weight in goldThe necessity of their presence in their teams confident design companies and developers, and behind them - the managers and general contractors.
In 2019, one can safely speak about the lack of experienced specialists and staff shortages, which force employers to adapt to new market conditions, expand the geography of staff search, go on a “headhunt” and compete with other employers. Most of the specialists have been employed and have been working in one place for at least 12-18 months, but this does not prevent us from periodically responding to requests from HR specialists, being interested in projects, the level of wages and social benefits. Also, employers have to retain existing employees by making counter-offers. During 2019, about 8,000 vacancies in the design-architecture segment were opened on the Russian market every month. At the same time, most employers tend to consider candidates with work experience from 3 to 6 years, which is about 49% of all open vacancies, but 35% of the vacancies are designed for young professionals or people with experience from 1 to 3 years.
Employers demand competences in the field of project management, designing engineering solutions for water supply and sanitation, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
So over the past few years, new vacancies began to appear, for example, a BIM manager, a BIM coordinator, an engineer for the BIM technology development department, a design engineer for Autodesk Revit and others. And the number of such vacancies is growing every year.
The maximum demand for specialists with BIM modeling skills falls on Moscow and makes up 55% of the total number of vacancies, 11% falls on St. Petersburg.