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Hiring foreign employees in several sectors of the Russian economy will be limited


The issue of reducing percentage of foreign employees in several sectors of the Russian economy was considered by the Russian Trilateral Commission on regulation of social and labor relations.

The draft resolution "On establishing for 2017 the allowed percentage of foreign employees used by economic entities operating in certain types of activity on the territory of the Russian Federation" which was prepared by the Russian Ministry of Labor was considered at the Commission meeting

Proposals for the establishment of restrictions on hiring foreign employees in sectors of the Russian economy, that are included in the text of the resolution, were developed on the basis of information received from the Russian Industry and Trade, Ministry of Construction of Russia, Russian Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Sports of Russia, Russian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Transport of Russia.

Thus, the Resolution introduces the following restrictions:

1. The reduction up to 30% allowed percentage of foreign employees in the sectors:

- Land passenger transport (code 49.3)

 - Road freight transport (code 49.41)

2. The reduction of allowed percentage of foreign employees from 40% to 30% for passenger transport.

3. The reduction of allowed   percentage of foreign employees from 35% to 30% in freight transport

According to the Central Committee of the All-Russian trade union of automobile employees these measures will contribute to greater transport safety and reduce unemployment among Russian citizens.

Also the resolution establishes the allowed percentage of 50% in the cultivation of vegetables on the territory of Russia. This restriction applies to the whole territory of Russia, except the Krasnodar, Stavropol, Khabarovsk territories, Astrakhan, Volgograd, Voronezh, Lipetsk, Moscow, Rostov, Saratov regions.

Number of code

Types of economic activities

Quota in 2016

Quota in 2017

Code 01.13.1

vegetable production

50% (except for some regions)

50% (except for some regions)

Code 47.25.1

retail sale of alcoholic beverages, including beer, in specialized stores



Code 47.26

retail sale of tobacco products in specialized stores



Code 47.73

retail sale of pharmaceutical products in specialized stores (pharmacy)



Code 47.8

retail sale in non-stationary objects of trade and markets



Code 47.99

other retail trade not in stores, stalls, markets



Code 49.3

activity of other passenger land transport



Code 49.41

activity of  freight transport by road



Code 93.19

activity in sports




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