Over a third of Ukrainians working as before invasion, says latest survey

17 October 2022, 06:51 PM
Ukrainians are returning to work as usual (Photo:Acer)

Ukrainians are returning to work as usual (Photo:Acer)

Slightly more than a third of Ukrainians (38%), who were employed in Ukraine before the full-scale Russian invasion, have returned to work as usual, while 7% have found a new job, according to the results of a survey conducted by the sociological research agency Rating Group in October and released on Oct. 17.

About a third of the polled citizens are currently unemployed. The highest number of unemployed are among the youngest and the oldest respondents, women, and residents of eastern regions of Ukraine.

However, this survey for the first time recorded positive trends with the return to work of residents of the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine, Rating Group analysts note. At the same time, they say that these regional identifiers apply to the place of residence before Feb. 24.

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In addition, there is currently a tendency of a slight increase in the number of internally displaced persons from the eastern and southern regions. At the same time, 85% of respondents express their intention to return home: 21% – in the near future, 19% – want to return, but will wait, and 45% – will return, but after the end of the war. Only 6% said they would not return home.

Sociologists emphasized that compared to July this year, the number of those who plan to return immediately has increased, and the number of those who will return after the war or will not return at all has decreased.

Meanwhile, according to a survey conducted by the Payoneer payment system, despite the full-scale war, 38% of Ukrainian small and medium-sized business managers plan to hire more staff this year.

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