This is the third attempt to abolish work books and I want to believe that it will be successful. Back in 2015, the Ministry of Economic Development under the leadership of Aivaras Abromavicius initiated their cancellation – the corresponding bill was submitted to parliament, which was later recalled. The initiative of the Pension Fund in 2017 also collapsed, and now the Minister of Government Dmitry Dubilet announced that finally these books should go down in history.
If you understand the essence, then why do you need work books? The first and most important function is to record seniority for retirement. But now, for calculating the pension, data are used that are already in the electronic registry. Yes, upon retirement, everyone will be given work books with information on seniority, but the entire history of accruals and deductions for which the pension is calculated is stored in an electronic registry. So, the Pension Fund’s failed initiative to create ID-cards in general looks unhealthy: why should they issue more cards to the electronic registry? Probably to earn. After all, they need to be extended, reissued in case of loss, and so on. This is a real business on the cards. Therefore, the ideal option is to mark labor books as an anachronism.
Firstly, if one of the youth has some kind of illusive hope of retirement, then it is better to forget about it. Unfortunately, in our country so far no one has the political will to finally complete the pension reform and abandon the joint pension system, having completely switched over to the funded one, when everyone thinks about contributions to non-existing pensioners, but about how to postpone for the future to yourself – whether to buy an apartment, create a business or put aside on a personal retirement account. As an employee, I do not want to support anyone. I want only what I postponed, and if I did not postpone, well, I’m sorry, I will starve. Tough, but what can you do. But in principle, there should not be any joint system – only an accumulative one.
Secondly, experience, work – why is this needed? By logging in to LinkedIn or Facebook, you can easily track all the work activities of the applicant. But this is not the most important thing: for me as an employer, it does not matter where the person worked, and in some cases the previous experience is even a drawback. The most important thing is that a person comes and starts to do that business function, under which I call him. He has experience, he has no experience, he worked for 10 years or learned in three days – the result is important to me.
But the bureaucracy associated with accounting for work books is so deadly that if you count all the hours, stamps, seals, extracts, copies of labor and translate into money, the amount will dazzle everyone. I think Dmitry Dubilet will count it very soon, and we will see what global savings a year will bring us the abolition of paper work books.
Andriy Ryzhykov, CEO and managing partner of DC Evolution