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Polish employers are increasingly turning to temporary work agencies to find candidates. With the Christmas shopping season coming, staffing firms are seeing the activity to accelerate.
According to the latest quarterly report from HR Forum, the revenue generated by member firms amounted to PLN517 million (€126 million) in Q3-2012, increasing by +1% compared with the same period last year. The automotive industry represented the largest share of the total turnover (17.5%), followed by the engineering industry (14%), and the food industry (12%).
"Interest in flexible forms of employment is growing, because employers have learned to use them to face the difficult economic climate", said Alicja Szepietowska of the Polish staffing association HR Forum. Edyta Olko of temporary work agencies Sanpro Job Service, estimates that the demand for temporary staff is currently nearly 30% higher than usual.
Polish firms typically hire additional staff to meet the greater demand over the Christmas period. Andrzej Faliński of the Polish Trade and Distribution Organisation estimates that during the holiday season Poles will spend PLN25 million (€6 million).
"We do not expect to match last year’s levels, as in December 2011 year on year growth reached 12%. But despite the crisis, Poles like to do their shopping, and year on year growth will range from two to five percent", Faliński told the Polish website Puls Biznesu.
In 2010, HR Forum member firms accounted for 56% of the total Polish staffing market, according to our research.