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Poland – Unemployment expected to rise further, says Work Service

20 August 2012

The Polish staffing firm Work Service believes the unemployment rate will rise again after the summer holidays. The firms’ spoke person Krzysztofa Inglota was commenting to the Polish Press Agency on the unemployment figures form the Polish Ministry of Labour, which was estimating back in July that the unemployment rate had declined to reach 12.3%.

According to Inglota, “seasonal jobs have not lowered significantly the unemployment rate in June and July, which may mean that employers are still shedding jobs in the face of the economic slowdown”.

For Work Service, this year's holiday season did not lead to the much anticipated recovery in the Polish job market. Inglota adds “summer holidays usually drive job creation, but this has not happened this year. We are afraid of what will happen in the second half of the year”.

As Europe is sinking further into recession, GDP growth in Poland is likely to be lower than expected. Polish employers are worried about the future and are increasing their use of flexible staffing solutions to face uncertainties.

Furthermore, Inglota argues that the official unemployment figures probably underestimate the real figures, as they do not account for the vast amount of Polish workers seeking employment abroad. International competition on salaries is partly to blame for the current exodus of Polish workers, as it is often tough to keep the best professionals in the country when they can earn 3-4 times abroad.

In his view, the increasingly visible gap between Polish education system and the economy are a testimony for a crying need for vocational schools working hand in hand with businesses, as well as industrial centres and special economic zone.

Work Service was the second largest staffing firm operating in Poland in 2010, according to our own ranking of the Top 20 staffing firms in Poland.

To read the whole interview in Polish language, click here

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