Therefore, according to reports on the Habr portal and on social media, Avito employees working in the Yerevan office are complaining that their salaries, which were previously paid in local drams, will be recalculated and linked to the internal exchange rate of the company oriented to the ruble. As a result, the income of various employees will be reduced by 30-40%. As an alternative, according to the reports of some employees, the employees were offered the termination of the employment contract.
According to Cnews, citing an internal document not available to them, Avito may suffer losses in Armenian drams equivalent to 1.3 billion rubles. by the end of 2023 and by the end of 2024 – 2.27 billion rubles. The payroll conditions will change as of September 1.
At Avito’s Moscow office, RG was told the company “expanded the approach to monetary compensation for employees working in a hybrid format in remote offices outside the Russian Federation.”
As noted in the company, more than 90% of Avito employees work in Russia and receive a salary in rubles, the rest work in a hybrid format and live in different cities of the world.
“We are a Russian company that earns in rubles, so we have always had an internal exchange rate and have focused on Russian salary brackets. Nothing has changed in this regard. All compensation in ruble terms has stayed the same.” , says the press service of the said online platform.
According to the interlocutor of “RG” in the personnel market, the choice of which country to work in remains a personal matter for each employee. “Some employees decided to move, but continue to work for Russian companies. Several companies gave them such an opportunity, despite some criticism, to retain important personnel. It would be strange to expect that after that they would start paying salaries, focusing on the markets of those countries where they moved,” he says.
However, in many cases this is exactly what happens. Therefore, German Klimenko, chairman of the board of the Digital Economy Development Fund, refuses to call Avito’s actions “theft in broad daylight.” According to him, today for many companies, relocators cost significantly more than local employees.
“Rather, it is a symptom that the company has coped with the ‘staff’ gap. There has been a market for employees for a long time. The quality of work depended on them, and we had to bear significant overhead costs. By Avito (and not only), relocators are now one and a half/two times more expensive than local staff,” says Klymenko.
According to him, aligning wages with the market seems quite logical. “There is no great value in such employees, we are definitely not talking about older people. Now it is not employees who do banking, but companies,” Klymenko added.
As interlocutors from several other IT companies told RG, they are also considering the possibility of adjusting the salaries of employees of branches in other countries to the ruble exchange rate.
In 2022, about 100 thousand IT specialists left Russia. This was announced by the head of the Ministry of Digital Development of the Russian Federation, Maksut Shadayev, in December 2022. According to Habr Career, most IT specialists went to Europe (15%), as well as to Kazakhstan (12%). ) and Turkey (7%). “More than 60% of those who left before February 2023 returned and continued working at the same companies,” says Sergey Plugotarenko, head of ANO Tsifrovaya ekonomika, referring to a RAEC study.