Work in Moscow


Find, in this article, useful information and tips to help you find a job in Moscow, the Russian capital city.

Finding a job in Moscow can be a quite tedious task although the local labor market is quite open and dynamic. Advance preparations are necessary, as well as a good command of Russian, along with English. A knowledge of German will also be an advantage. Moreover, you have to be highly qualified and skilled in a particular field.


Moscow's economy is based on several fields, namely industry, food, electronics, petroleum refining, banks, finance, information and communication technology, as well as trade. These sectors are known for being the city's main job creators. But jobs are also available in the human resource and in the services fields.

Moreover, Russian authorities are planning to develop their own Sillicon Valley which should be found in Skolkovo, at Moscow's outskirts. Meanwhile, Presnensky hosts Moscow's International Business Center. You will also find the Kitai-Gorod which also contributes significantly to the city's economy.

Find a job

Many foreign companies have set up subsidiaries in Moscow since the opening of Russia to the world economy. Hence, the local labor market's dynamism, offering various opportunities to qualified foreigners. You can start your job search by checking out job offers on the internet and in classified ads in local newspapers. Word of mouth will also be a useful tool if you have friends and contacts in the country.

Also consider sending spontaneous job applications to international companies operating in Moscow. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Finally, you could opt for a wind of change if you are working for an international company which has a subsidiary in Moscow. An inter-company transfer might largely simplify your expatriation procedures.


Moscow is deemed to be one of the world's most expensive cities. You must be aware of all expenses that you will have to face if you have decided to settle and work there, particularly if you intend to rent accommodation. Earning a comfortable salary will be an advantage so that you can fully enjoy your expatriation experience.

If you are transferred by your company to a subsidiary which is based in Moscow, you could request for an expatriation premium which could amount to some 5 to 15% of your gross or net salary. You will thus be able to compensate the fact that you have left your home country and face the cost of living in Moscow.

On the other hand, highly qualified professionals are likely to earn several thousands of Russian Rubbles monthly. Note that local authorities have not set a minimum or maximum salary. Hence, salaries can be discussed and negotiated with the employer during the interview appointment.

Qualified bakers, for instance, will earn some 3,000 to 4,000 euros per month while teachers and assistants may earn some RR 100,000, that is around 2,300 euros per month in private schools.

Note, however, that you will have to face high expenses such as rent once you have received your salary. Moreover, a 30% income tax will be deducted at source during the first 6 months. Afterwards, once you have become a Russia resident, you will pay a 13% monthly tax rate.

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