ROC Approves Job Search Prayer

The Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has approved a prayer service for those who want to find a job, according to the website of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The text contains a request to present a case that will go well, so that the work will bring worthy fruits, and the man will be able to fulfill the commandments and love God.

“Now we humbly pray to you: give your servant this (name) by doing good, in which everything that is useful, do for him for your glory and for the good of his house and bring fruit worthy of his work, yes, achieving success in your commandments and in Your love will sing and thank You with Your Father without beginning and Your Most Holy, Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever and ever. Amen”.

Earlier it was reported that more than half (58%) of Russians currently looking for work are ready to leave Russia to work. The study was conducted in the period December 2022 – January 2023 by the consulting company Yakov & Partners (formerly McKinsey in Russia).

According to Rosstat, in March unemployment in Russia remained at the historically low level of 3.5% (2.6 million people) recorded in February.

At the same time, in April, President Vladimir Putin said that there were “not enough workers” in the country. According to him, the deficit can be found “in many areas”, and to solve the problem it is necessary to use the human resources potential of the regions, apply lean manufacturing and automation technologies, and increase investment in the training of specialists in the most desirable professions.

Late last year, Economic Development Minister Maksym Reshetnikov said the government was “very” concerned about labor shortages in the labor market, which was holding back economic recovery, and First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov cited low unemployment and slow real wage growth as reasons for weak consumer demand in Russia .

Experts associate the tensions on the labor market with the unfavorable demographic situation, mobilization and emigration against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, which led to the aggravation of staffing problems in enterprises.

According to research by the audit and advisory network FinExpertiza, the total number of young workers (under 35) on the Russian labor market in December amounted to 21.5 million people, ie 29.8% of all employed in the economy. This is the minimum for the entire period of available statistics kept by Rosstat since 2006.


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