Under the Labor Code of the Russian Federation, a secondary job means being hired for other regularly paid work under a separate employment agreement for a period of time, free from one's primary job. Secondary employment agreements may be entered into with an unlimited number of employers. An employee may have a secondary job both at his/her primary place of employment and at any other organization.
Recently, an increasing number of foreign specialists have been coming to Russia to earn a living. This is mainly because of the difficult financial situation in Europe and the relatively stable labor resources in Russia today, where unemployment has not reached the extreme levels of Spain or Greece, and there have not been mass layoffs.
Labor migration in Russia has been developing particularly actively recently. According to data by the Federal Migration Service, 7 million foreign citizens entered Russia in the first half of 2011, which is a 10 percent increase year on year.
Russian migration authorities require that companies apply to employment centers annually and in advance for the rights to employ foreigners. According to the current regulations, companies reserve quotas for foreign employees by filing applications for their work permit quota for the next year by the May 1 of the current year.
The main trend today in Russian migration legislation is the adaptation of the legal framework to include international standards relating to immigration, with the aim of easing the migration process in Russia.