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.

Demand for specialists in the design of structural and engineering solutions in the Russian Federation is not uniform, the maximum demand in Moscow, it accounts for 29% of vacancies, St. Petersburg - 10%, the Republic of Tatarstan - 7%, and Sverdlovsk and Nizhny Novgorod regions account for 4%. The minimum demand is 0.2% in the Republic of Adygea.

In 67% of vacancies, wages are indicated, so in Moscow, offers start from 55,000 rubles, in St. Petersburg - from 40,000 rubles, in Kazan - from 30,000 rubles. The average level of wages in cities with millionaires is in the range from 45,000 to 70,000 rubles.

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.

The change of traditional 2D design, which is becoming less and less convenient for customers, into 3D modeling, also set new requirements for the selection of industry experts. Practical skills at Revit have become an integral part of many vacancies, and the community of BIM-design professionals in Russia continues to grow, forcing laggards to develop.

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.

It's no secret that there is a gap between academic education and business needs. So, for example, our company together with NRU MGSU this year held a case-championship BIM in the city to identify talented students. Winners and prize-winners of the competition received an offer to undergo an internship and practice at Metropolis. We are ready to make a job offer to the best students.

Since the offices of Metropolis are open in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan, we are going to continue this practice and offer cooperation not only to Moscow universities, but also to specialized educational institutions of St. Petersburg and Kazan.

Companies are ready to invest not only in their services and products, but also in staff development, so that employees not only listen and hear the leadership, but also take the initiative in implementing ideas and acquired skills.

Read the full articlein Kommersant