WORK IN RUSSIA
The Russian economy has grown strongly in recent years, with 2005 being its seventh consecutive year of growth - an impressive average rate of 6.4% since 1998. Strong oil exports have helped Russia to achieve all-time highs in annual levels of imports, exports and the trade surplus. An expanding middle class is noticeable following average increases in real personal incomes between 2000 - 2005 of 12%.
Some western companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have an involvement in Russia within a wide range of activities including:
* consumer goods production;
* economic development;
The majority of expatriates who wish to work in Russia must obtain a work permit via the employer offering them a post there, although it is possible to apply as an individual for an entry visa in order to seek employment in Russia. The procedure for obtaining visas and work permits can be difficult and time-consuming, typically taking up several months from start to finish. Most expatriates working in Russia are employed by diplomatic missions or foreign companies based there, or are teachers employed by English language schools. There are relatively few jobs available for foreign workers on the local economy, and it will be necessary to speak Russian if you wish to work for a local employer.
English is in great demand here, and there are always jobs for qualified English teachers with the many language schools. Many just offer part-time jobs, and they don't pay particularly well, so teachers often work for several different schools at the same time. Some come to work at these schools initially and then set up in business themselves.
English teaching jobs are advertised online, and in the Moscow Times, an English language newspaper. If accepting a job in Russia it is important to note that all contracts must be in both Russian and English to be enforceable in a Russian court.