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Poland – Firms expected to hire more agency staff in 2012

19 January 2012

Over 70% of firms in Poland are planning to increase their headcount this year – although not by hiring permanent staff, but instead by increasingly employing agency staff, temporary workers, freelancers and the self-employed.

The Polish daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports these findings by basing their facts on various surveys carried out by national employers’ groups and job agencies. It has thus come to light that the number of permanent work contracts have decreased by 13,000 in the period from June 30 to September 30 last year, as data of the Central Statistical Office (GUS) shows. This number is expected to drop further in 2012 and is most likley to affect smaller firms that have difficulty adjusting to the increase of the national minimum wage.

Particularly the IT sector in Poland is keen to hire more staff and are likely to make use of agency or temporary workers. In fact about 68% of companies in the industry plan to hire new employees in 2012, according to a report from market research firm PMR.

The study, conducted for the recruitment firm Adecco Poland, assesses the HR needs for the IT sector this year. 

“In view of the fact that we are trying to constantly adapt our offers to the changing needs of the market, we wanted to obtain current information about the preferences of current and potential customers,” said Anna Wicha, country manager of Adecco Poland. In 2011 computer programmers were in high demand and are expected to remain the “most wanted” professionals in the coming year although the report indicated that IT staff are particularly difficult to recruit.

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