The Group remains one of the largest employers in the Amur region and a major tax payer. We provide additional job opportunities by investing in education and training, using local suppliers where possible to help stimulate the local economy.

Petropavlovsk recognises the socioeconomic influence it has as a major employer and taxpayer in the Amur region. The Group understands that its employees are a key asset and invests in them accordingly, leveraging their expertise and providing continuous development. The Pokrovskiy Mining College, which aims to offer employment opportunities to graduates, was established in 2008 to provide future employees with specialised training, tailored to the needs of the Group.

The Group is proud to provide equal opportunities and pay in all aspects of employment, regardless of gender or background, as required by both Russian and UK legislation.

At the mines, shift patterns help employees to maintain their family commitments whilst ensuring operations can run throughout the year. Employees work to shift patterns of a fortnight, month, or 45 days. Once each shift is complete, employees have the same amount of time off work. Commuting is impractical due to the remote location of the mines. Employees stay in purpose built accommodation on site, with recreational facilities and modern conveniences.

The Group has an internal communications department to ensure that a regular and ongoing dialogue is maintained between employees, trade unions, management, local communities, the media and non governmental organisations. The department also oversees the production of a free monthly newspaper, designed to keep employees well informed with news from the Group's operations.

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