The employees of JSC RNG are the company’s most important resource, since the operational efficiency achievement and strategic goals primarily depends on them.
RNG JSC strives to create a comfortable working environment, invests in human capital and is guided by the principles of equality, openness and fairness. Investments in human capital create the basis for sustainable business development, improving the quality of life of the company’s employees and residents of the region.
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The North has become attractive for fly-in-fly-out workers again
Oksana Grobovets, HR Director of RNG JSC, told RBC+ about the opportunities Yakutia is opening for workers today.
— How do you assess the overall situation on the job market? Is the mass departure of labour migrants to their home countries a significant factor in the North?
— The staff shortage is felt today across all sectors of the economy. This is primarily due to the demographic gap caused by the low birth rate in the 1990s. There are half as many young specialists entering the job market as there were ten years ago. The coronavirus pandemic also made serious adjustments to the situation and turned the market even more towards workers. Foreign workers left Russia en masse, which led to an increase in demand for local workers. In addition, employers’ staff expenses have increased due to restrictions and additional requirements for organising the workplace as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the same time, large-scale industrial projects are being launched and developed in the country which need a lot of workers. In particular, this is happening in the Russian region with the most severe climate — the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Yakutia is world-famous for its diamond mining, but many oil and gas fields have also been explored in the republic. Last year, for the first time in history, oil and gas contributed the most to the regional budget, surpassing diamonds in this area. According to financial forecasts, Yakutia is anticipating a sharp increase in hydrocarbon production.
Our project is one of those that form the new fuel and energy complex of the republic. The oil and gas enterprise JSC RNG is based and conducts production in the city of Mirny.
In August 2019, the company launched a field into commercial operation. The volume of initial recoverable oil reserves is 32.2 million tons while recoverable gas reserves are 12.5 billion cubic meters. In 2020, our company was included in the list of system-forming enterprises of the fuel and energy complex compiled by the Ministry of Energy. According to the results of the first half of 2021, the company transferred taxes and mandatory payments, as well as payments in favour of state-owned companies of about 8 billion roubles, which is two times higher than the same period last year.
The development of the oil industry in Yakutia is impossible without the main component, human resources. And our task is to create a new appeal of the North for employees.
— Is there any interaction with regional authorities regarding labour programmes?
— The Yakutian Government is implementing the programme “Local staff to industry”, which we have been participating in since 2019. In particular, we cooperate with regional universities which prepare students for professions in oil and gas production. Local staff make up about 10% of the staff of our company, and it is impossible to radically increase these numbers today. Yakutia has a low population density with few trained staff for oil production, which is still an unconventional industry for the region. It is also necessary to consider national traditions. During certain periods, hunting, fishing and collecting wild plants become priority occupations for many residents of the republic, while the work of an oil and gas enterprise does not imply seasonal decreases in activity.
That is why the majority of the company’s employees are shift workers. We are talking not only about representatives of the oil professions, but heavy truck drivers, drivers of various special equipment and construction workers are also in great demand. This is due to the need for infrastructure development, the arrangement of wells and well pads, injection systems and pipelines, and the construction of roads, bridges and other facilities.
— How can you attract the working class to Yakutia, for example, from the central regions of Russia?
— First of all, an employer in the North is already ready for a high level of salaries. The time has returned when a shift worker can be sure that they will return from a northern trip with savings, but the workers are no longer ready to live and work in uncomfortable conditions, as pioneers of the Siberian oil and gas fields once were. Staff are placed in a comfortable hostel room for two or four people, or in separate car-houses. In addition, there is a water treatment plant on the base which provides workers with high-quality water. There is a canteen with its own bakery on the main base of the enterprise. Workers receive three free meals a day every day. The company only purchases from manufacturers whose quality of products is controlled by the Mercury federal system.
For health and maintaining physical fitness, there is a gym with exercise equipment, as well as a laundry and a sauna in the camp. A telemedicine system and cooperation with medical institutions have been established and all anti-virus measures have been introduced.
Specialists are also provided with a full-fledged social package, including bonuses, paid medicals, voluntary insurance, payment of one-time financial assistance in difficult situations, charter flights and much more.
— Which companies must compete for staff?
— Private oil companies in the North must compete for workers with corporations whose resources are very large, such as Rosneft and Gazprom.
I will note a number of advantages which are available for employees of a young enterprise, such as RNG.
In accordance with the field development plan, we are constantly putting new facilities into operation, which opens career growth opportunities for specialists, and often not even through one stage. Workers, in turn, get experience working on the most modern equipment in the industry, since the enterprise was initially launched with the highest level of technical support and process automation.
For example, let’s take such an industry-wide profession such as a driver. Currently, the organisation is switching equipment to gas-engine fuel instead of diesel as compressed gas has greater frost resistance, which is especially important in the Yakutian winter. The company buys Shacman X3000 CNG gas tractors in China. Therefore, our drivers can depend on new imported cars.
In general, we can say with confidence that the time has come for workers on the job market: the North has again become attractive for fly-in-fly-out workers.