Magnit will attract foreigners to work due to staff shortages

Retailer “Magnit” launched a recruitment program from among citizens of other countries due to a shortage of employees – Russian citizens. This was reported by the press service of Magnit.

At the first stage, the company will attract 40 citizens of Uzbekistan to work at the distribution center in Tatarstan. As part of the agreement signed by Magnit with the agency for external labor migration under the Ministry of Employment and Poverty Reduction of Uzbekistan, the company will pay for the relocation of employees, provide them with free housing and food until they receive a labor patent, and will also help with paperwork and preparation for Russian language exam.

Magnit is also considering the possibility of attracting workers from other CIS countries, for example, from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, as well as from foreign countries, primarily from India. They plan to employ foreigners as storekeepers, pickers, loaders and other positions in the field of logistics.

Anna Bobrova, HR Director of the Magnit retail chain, said that the company will become the first Russian retailer to hire foreigners directly without intermediaries. The first workers from Uzbekistan are expected to arrive in November.

On November 9, it became known that Magnit closed the deal to purchase the KazanExpress marketplace and, on its basis, will launch its own under the new brand “Magnit Market.” As a result of the transaction, the retailer received 100% shares in Kazanexpress LLC, intellectual property rights and the entire marketplace infrastructure.

Magnit is the second largest retailer in the country by turnover after X5 Group (Perekrestok, Pyaterochka, Chizhik). The company was founded by Sergey Galitsky. In 2018, he sold a 29.1% stake to VTB structures, and they, in turn, gradually sold the stake to the investment company Marathon Group over the next few years. At the end of 2022, 66.8% of the retailer’s shares were in free float, 29.2% belonged to the Marathon Group, 3.7% belonged to Tander JSC, and 0.3% belonged to the company’s management.

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