Research initiative launched on improving BRICS labour market in energy sector 


The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) grouping of emerging economies has launched a new research initiative titled “BRICS Approach for Securing Decent Work in the Energy Transition”, according to a Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom release earlier this month. 

This research initiative was announced at the 7th meeting of the BRICS Energy Ministers that took place recently at Beijing. The study is a component of the BRICS Energy Research Cooperation Platform that was launched in 2018 with the aim of carrying out independent information-exchange and analytical activities on energy among the BRICS countries.  

The Rosatom statement said the research proposes to study the main barriers affecting the labour market in the energy sector and the mechanisms for attracting talent, “as well as tools for advanced training in a turbulent economy.”  

“Particular attention will be paid to the analysis of trends related to youth employment in five countries, gender-sensitive employment as well as social security mechanisms”, the statement said.  

“The delivery of this study within the BRICS Energy Research Cooperation Platform will enable us to develop a common vision of strategies and approaches to HR development, as well as to identify the most successful practices and establish channels for effective experience exchange in the interests of all,” Rosatom’s Deputy Director General for Human Resources Tatiana Terentyeva said in her address at the conference.  

The study has been made possible through the cooperation agreement signed at the recent St. Petersburg International Economic Forum between Rosatom and the Russian Energy Agency acting as the Russian secretariat of the platform. 

This year, along with the BRICS Energy Report, the Chinese Presidency has presented two additional reports – a study on the development of renewable energy and smart grids in the BRICS countries. Next year, Russia will lead the preparations of two additional studies – on energy security and the development of human resources in the BRICS countries’ energy sector, the statement added.