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Nearly 3.7 mln Russians continue working remotely

According to the labor minister, the tendency to engage more workers in the remote format will continue in the future

MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Some 3.7 mln Russians or 6% of the employed population will continue working remotely, while this figure will be probably reduced to 5% after all quarantine restrictions are lifted, the country’s Labor Minister Anton Kotyakov stated on Thursday.

"The number of people, who work remotely, is gradually declining due to the lifting of certain restrictions. Now we see that the number of people working from home in our country is about 3.7 mln or 6%. We expect that, probably, after all restrictions are lifted, their number will decrease even more and will be about 5% of the employed population - it is somewhere 2.7 mln-2.8 mln people," the labor minister said, speaking at the Gaidar Forum.

According to Kotyakov, nevertheless, these figures were significantly higher than during the pre-pandemic period. "So the tendency to engage more workers in the remote format will continue in the future," the labor minister said. Kotyakov also recalled that during the pandemic’s peak in May-June 2020, 11% of Russians were working remotely.

The Gaidar Forum is an annual international economic conference, which has been held since 2010. The forum is organized by the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR). TASS is the general information partner of the forum.