Polish Labour Market Deficits Are Impacting All


Half of Polish employers say they already face recruitment challenges which impact their companies’ development, says the latest Work Service report ‘Labour Market Barometer VIII.’ A third of them are struggling with personnel deficiencies, which prevents them from completing new contracts. Every eighth business has been forced to retreat from planned investments because of a shortage of candidates.

“In the present economic situation, we see that the demand for employees exceeds the supply,” says Maciej Witucki, president at Work Service. “However, our data shows the threat the Polish economy is exposed to on a long-term basis. Without an increase in the availability of candidates, a lot of entrepreneurs may not manage. We are already seeing that some remedial mechanisms emerging, such as a greater occurrence of code agreements, an increased use of specialist employment agencies’ services and a resorting to employing personnel from abroad,” he adds.

In Q2 2017, the Polish economy grew at 3.9 per cent year-on-year. Within the last period industrial production also increased by 6.2 per cent. Good economic conditions are also seen in the construction industry. Since the beginning of 2017, developers have started the construction of almost 125,000 flats; 23 per cent more than in the first half of 2016. This shows that demand for employees is going up, while the labour market is decreasing, which results not only in decreasing unemployment but also in a decrease of the population of working-age people and emigration.

According to Work Service’s Barometer, the lack of employees has directly impacted 68.1 per cent of companies. As many as 62 per cent of large companies have recently had some problems in recruitment. The deficits are the most painful for services and production, i.e. large economic branches, with significant impact being felt on their strength. What is more, over 70 per cent of companies from Lower Silesian and Opole voivodeships report personnel shortages.

“The availability of human capital is currently the leading challenge for our economy, as in the present market conditions, a company that has the suitable human resources has a competitive advantage,” says Mr Witucki.

The problem of personnel shortages has the greatest impact on small companies. For them, even one person less means a painful loss. This is why the percentage of employers, who may not conclude new contracts, is the highest among these employers and accounts for 35.3 per cent. In addition, every fourth small company that has had problems during recruitment may not develop its activity on new markets. What is interesting is that deficits IN employees in Poland, mean higher personnel costs for 27.8 per cent of enterprises.

“Employees are becoming the beneficiaries of the recruitment problems of companies,” Andrzej Kubisiak, Director of the Analysis Team at Work Service. “The intensifying rivalry for candidates entails higher compensation and thus, an increase of labour costs. In the recent months, we have observed compensation increases in the sector of enterprises, on the level of about five per cent, year-on-year, but these dynamics may still speed up in the next months, inter alia, because of announcements relating to increasing the minimum salary,” he adds.


The Slovak Matchmaking Fair open for registration

Poland’s Business Constitution Must Be Finalised

Front of finance ministry in Warsaw Poland with a fountain framing the entrance. Could be used for images about Euro currency problems

Changes Are Making Ukrainian Banking More Aligned with International Standards

Regional News Outlets: The Real Target of Poland’s New Media Law?

poland media

Growth Increase Offers Glimmer of Hope for Moldova


Automotive and Transport Companies Dominate the CEE Region

Car bodies on the production line inside automobile factory

Budget Chaos Hits Romanian Leu

Different Romanian Lei Banknotes on the table

Chinese Electric Car Maker Seeks Emerging Europe Base

zhi dou d2

World Bank: Brexit Hides Greater Challenges to the European Union and the CEE Region

Beyond Borders: Immigration Within the EU

refugees immigrants

Latvia Urged Not to Increase Expenditure As Economy Grows

Riga, Latvia - August, 2010: Panorama view from Riga cathedral on old town of Riga, Latvia

Czech Election Result Could Delay Euro Adoption Until 2025

czech banknotes nominal value two and five thousand crowns on white background. 300 000 Kc is approximately 12 450 US dollars (USD) or 11 100 Euro (EUR)

Belarus’ Economy Is Slowly Recovering From Past Declines

Czech Republic Raises Interest Rates

czech koruna

Bulgaria’s cooperation with Israel could boost the economy

Euroscepticism in Serbia: An Image Problem?

CEE Must Improve Infrastructure and Logistics

Aerial view of Gliwice Sosnica motorway junction. There are international traffic in four directions

Warsaw Rising: The Polish Capital’s Skyline Gets Even Taller


More EU Help for Belarus SMEs

GRODNO BELARUS - DECEMBER 13 2013: Seamstress in textile factory sewing with a industrial sewing machine .

A Risky Evaluation of Croatia’s Economy?

ZAGREB, CROATIA - JULY 17, 2017: Square Ban Josip Jelacic with tourists and trams on a summer day in Zagreb. City of Zagreb is the capital of Croatia.

Sarajevo Stock Exchange Connected to SEE Link

sarajevo stock exchange

CEE Is Key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Shanghai skyline Panoramic view of shanghai skyline and huangpu river Shanghai China

EBRD Finances Small Business Support And Foreign Trade Promotion In Belarus

Estcoin: Estonia’s Own Digital Currency?

1 euro coin money (EUR) currency of European Union Estonia over blue background

Croatian Salaries Are Growing in Line With Other CEE Countries

Dubrovnik Croatia emerging europe

Bulgaria and Romania Get EBRD SME Boost

Startup Diversity Teamwork Brainstorming Meeting Concept

Estonia Leading CEE Country in WEF Competitiveness Index

pharmaceutical factory woman worker operating production line at pharmacy industry manufacture factory

Growth Continues for State-Owned Azerbaijan Airlines

Azerbaijan Baku - September 16 2015: View of the Heydar Aliyev International Airport sign in Baku Azerbaijan. The airport is the home of Azerbaijan Airlines the national flag carrier.

Business Standards Are High in SEE But Vary Widely

Aerial view of The Cathedral of the Assumption in Varna

All for One, and One for All


CEE Nation Brands Still Behind Western Counterparts

TALLINN ESTONIA- JUNE 17: View of the modern high rise buildings on border with an old part of the city on June 17 2012 in Tallinn Estonia

Sunday Trading in Poland Under Renewed Threat

Still Potential for Growth in CEE as Economies Stabilise

Ukraine Is Offering Europe Unique Combat and Technological Experience

Measure, Strengthen, and Grow

dacia brand

Poles Still Keen on German Jobs

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in Germany. The Brandenburg Gate is a triumphal arch a city gate in the center of Berlin. It is one of the most known sites in Berlin.

China Agrees to Build High-Tech Business Park in Serbia

BELGRADE SERBIA - SEPTEMBER 29 2016: View on the city center and the junction of Rivers Sava and Danube in Belgrade Serbia.

Hungary’s Solar Dreamer

hand sun and blue sky with copyspace showing freedom or solar power concept

Lviv Is the Pearl and the Soul of Ukraine

ICT Growth Continues to Boost Bosnian Economy

ict, it

Nadiya Savchenko: I Dream of a Great Ukraine

Panorama of the top part of the Andrew's Descent from Castle Hill in springtime in Kiev Ukraine.

EY: Belarus’ IT Scene Is Thriving

High tech park minsk

Romanian Car Maker Dacia Sees Sales Boom

Sables d Olonne France - May 07 2017 : Dacia Tour 2017 is a commercial operation organized by the car builder in order to present its cars throughout France - Close-up on cars

Jadranka Joksimović: Serbia Takes Its Candidacy of the EU Seriously


Putin Urges Belarus to End Oil Transit Through Lithuania

Athens Greece - May 27 2016: Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers

Despite Public Anxieties, Migration is Playing a Key Role in ECA Growth

Bratislava city aerial panoramic view. Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia.

Belarus-Turkey Investment Forum to increase investment and trade between the two countries

The Czech government attracts FDI and creates jobs

Tech Giant Expands Romanian Operations

Derek Chollet: There Is a Resurgence of Supporters of the Transatlantic Relationship

white house

EU May Offer Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine Customs Union and Schengen Access


World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2016 Resume For Emerging Europe

HSBC Reports CEE Growth Surge in Q3

romania national bank

Emerging Europe Makes Some Progress on Closing Gender Gap

world economic forum gender gap report

Slovenia Sets Green Vehicle Deadline of 2030


Slovenia is the CEE region’s leader in VAT collection

21st century Manufacturing Arrives at Great Stone

Great stone

After Economic Shocks Armenia Plans for Macroeconomic Stability

yerevan armenia minister of finance

Slovenia is CEE’s leader in innovation

Ametek opened a new factory in Subotica

The Polish Government’s Mid-Term Report: Must Do Better

Front of finance ministry in Warsaw Poland with a fountain framing the entrance. Could be used for images about Euro currency problems

Ukraine’s Economic Recovery: Good, But Slow

ukraine money

Bad Payers Still Causing Problems for Romanian Firms

Close up Romanian currency note, LEI or LEU, Romania

Towards a resilient Europe, strategies for the future

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Will Fuel Albanian Growth

Xanthi. Greece - July 30 2017: aerial view of construction of gas pipeline Trans Adriatic Pipeline - TAP in north Greece. The pipeline starts from the Caspian sea and reaches the coast of southern Italy

Serbia, Belarus and Ukraine Ranked Lowly by Wharton Business School

Kyiv Ukraine - April 172017: The postal square in Kiev on Podol the Dnipro river. view of the square from the river panorama

Czechs Hold Emerging Europe’s Most Powerful Passport

Effective Policies Have Strengthened the Georgian Economy

TBILISI GEORGIA Jul. 18 2017: Bridge of Peace is a bow-shaped pedestrian bridge a steel and glass construction over the Kura River in downtown Tbilisi capital of Georgia

Economic Confidence Rises Across Eurozone

Poland Fails to Spend Billions of Euros in EU Funds

euro banknotes

Meghri Becomes Armenia’s Third FEZ

armenia emerging europe

Bulgaria: Real Estate’s New Frontier?

Belarus Introduces New Business-Friendly Auditing Procedures

MINSK, BELARUS - AUGUST 15, 2016: Aerial view of the southwestern part of the Minsk with Palace of Sport and old and new other buildings. Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus.

Hungary Today: Potential and Challenge

Chain bridge on Danube river in Budapest city. Hungary. Urban landscape panorama with old buildings and domes of opera

Industrial Production Prices in New Increase


Ukraine’s Q2 Growth Climbs

kyiv ukraine emerging europe

Ukraine to Make New Privatisation Push

Emerging Europe to Record Positive Growth Across the Board in 2018

coins growth

Lithuania Handed Top Marks for Business Services

Beautiful panorama of Vilnius Old Town taken from Gediminas hill; Lithuania

CEE-Benefits and Disadvantages of Joining the Eurozone

forint zloty euro

Poland to Switch from Emerging to Developed Market by September 2018

warsaw stock exchange

Kosovo: A Population of Talented Young Entrepreneurs Waits at Europe’s Door

Plovdiv — an emerging outsourcing destination

Do Your Homework First and Starting Business in Poland is Easier

Economy Minister: Internationalisation Is the Key To the Slovenian Economy

UK Economic Growth Slows as Brexit Uncertainty Bites

flags of UK and EU combined over icons of London - Brexit concept

New investors interested in Belarus’ Great Stone Industrial Park

CEE Lags in Business Connectivity

ANIS romanian ICT

Lithuania Gives Innovation a StartUp

MILAN ITALY - MAY 2: People visit Lithuania pavilion at Expo universal exposition on the theme of food on MAY 2 2015 in Milan.

Baltics Seek Lockstep With High Tech States

Euro money: Macro view of euro coin and bill. Suitable for financial, monetary, euro or European Union concepts and ideas

Emerging Europe Makes Great Strides in Improving Business Regulation for Entrepreneurs

Skopje Macedonia

Budapest’s Property Boom Goes Nationwide


Doing Business Across Eurasia Could Be Easier

Eurasia emerging europe schneider group

Ukraine’s Finance Ministry Wants Urgent Tax Reform

CEE Tech Growth Continues: Poland and the Czech Republic Lead the Way


Latvian Deputy Prime Minister Highlights Riga’s Potential


Georgian PM Reshapes and Reshuffles Cabinet

Giorgi Kvirikashvili

Belarus Steps Up Liberalisation of Business


Fitch And the World Bank: Economic Growth To Remain Solid Within CEE In 2016

Romania Cuts Income Tax, Introduces Solidarity Tax

CLUJ NAPOKA ROMANIA - OCT 2 2016: People on the central street of Cluj Napoka - the unofficial capital of Transylvania.

Lech Wałęsa: Hard Options Can Force Nations to Get Down to Work

Mayor: Armenia And Its Capital Yerevan Offer Safe Investment And Tourism To a Growing World

Estonia Leads Baltics in Cutting Sugar in Food and Drink

Romania’s Budget Deficit ‘Should Start Alarm Bells Ringing’

BUCHAREST ROMANIA - June 29 2017: Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose during a swearing-in ceremony at Cotroceni palace in Bucharest capital of Romania June 29 2017.

Poland Stays Cool on Euro Adoption

Euro cash and Zloty on one photo.

Globalisation Needs to Work, Not Only for the Few but for the Most and in Demonstrable Ways

Global Spread

Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey Launch New ‘Silk Rail’ Link

CEE Emigrants Could Boost Their Countries’ Economies

Londoners walking through Millennium Bridge with St.Paul's Cathedral at the background after sunset - London, UK

Digital Business Space Gives All Businesses an Office in Sarajevo

Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina - August 24 2015. View from Vraca Memorial Park with building of Avaz Twist Tower

Ukraine to Restart Privatisation to Realise Profits

Pricatisation electricity ukraine

Emerging Europe Back on Track to Convergence


Škoda too Strong for VW Group

MLADA BOLESLAV CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 30: Skoda Octavia on conveyor line during Doors Open Day at Skoda Auto a.s. factory. Skoda auto celebrated 120 years since its founding on May 30 2015 in Mlada Boleslav.

Economy builds bridges in Mostar

‘Traditional Values’: A Potent Weapon Against LGBT Rights

gay rights putin

Chickens Blamed for Romanian Budget Deficit

Two white chickens or hens inside a chicken coop or hen house seen through chicken wire.

EU: Consumption Still Driving Growth

The Azerbaijani Laundromat: Why It Matters

azerbaijani money laundering

Larisa Manastirli: Where is Bulgaria After Ten Years in the EU?

Macedonia — Stepping Out Of the Shadow Of the Balkans

Poland Is Set To Become a Large Economic Zone

Aerial view over the building materials processing factory. View from above.

Merkel: Albania is taking big steps forward

e-Estonia: Believe the Hype

Chris Lowney — What Jesuit Spirituality Can Teach Us About Global Leadership

Does the Sceptre of Separatism Haunt Emerging Europe?

Szekely Land Flag

Prospering Czechia Still Needs a Bigger Workforce

prague emerging europe

Georgia Leads Emerging Europe in Ease of Doing Business Report

Kraków: Officially Emerging Europe’s Most Elegant City

Krakow. Image of Krakow Market square, Poland during sunrise.

Western Ukraine Could Be an Entry Point into the Country

Retail Rents Rise Across Emerging Europe

Na Prikope Prague

SEE Link — Sharing SEE Europe’s Hopes for a Brighter Investment Future

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Focussing on Stability and Business Climate

Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina - August 23 2015. View of Miljacka River in Sarajevo city

IMF Wants Banking Sector Reform in Western Balkans

croatia national bank

Polish Shoppers in Hunt for Eggs

eggs in rack

Estonia Proposes Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Robots

Robotic hand accessing on laptop the virtual world of information. Concept of artificial intelligence and replacement of humans by machines.

Lithuania Wants to Bring Home its Skilled Workers

VILNIUS - FEBRUARY 25: Many people choose books at the indoor book

Poland’s Q2 2017 Growth Is Stronger Than Expected

WARSAW, POLAND - MAY 07, 2016: Building Palace of Culture and Science among the modern buildings of the city

Georgia’s Growth Continues

Batumi, Adjara, Georgia - May 27, 2016: Batumi, Adjara, Georgia. Gogebashvili Street Road And Marine Station Or Maritime Station Building Batumi On Background

Albania is creating three free economic zones

Lithuania Set to Streamline Competition Legislation

Industrial dock with cranes on the quay

IMF Urges Croatia to Speed Up Reform


Serbia Drafts New Competition Law

serbia belgrade flag

Kaczyński Defends PiS Record

Moldova Launches New e-Procurement System In Search For Positive Change

Photo team work process, holding contract hand, signs documents. Account managers young crew works with startup project.New idea presentation, analyze marketing reports.Blurred, film effect, horizontal.

Montenegro Accelerates Legal Reform

montenegro law reform

Is Prague the New Face of Overtourism?

prague tourists

Lviv Region in Double Logistics Boost

goods train logistics

Non-Financial Reporting No Longer a Secondary Consideration in CEE

Valga and Valka – Where Estonia and Latvia Work Together

Valga valka emerging europe

Košice Business Matchmaking Event Brings in Hungarians

kosice, slovakia

Why Was Zapad-2017 So Important?

russian tank belarus zapad

Estonia — Easy Doing Business Destination seminar in the UK

EU Commissioner Launches Veiled Attack on Poland and Hungary

eu commission

CEE Boosted by Positive Tourism Trends Across the Region

cruise ship in Kotor Bay Montenegro. Aerial view panorama. Kotor bay Montenegro.

Investing in Ukrainian Food and Agriculture

Visegrad Group Looks East

Global Players Dash for Tempting CEE

dollar pound euro coin on euro background.

The Reality in Romania Exposes False Perceptions Of The Country

Belarus is the most creative EEU country

Poland’s Flying Circus

airport poland

Romanian Economy Grows Fast in 2017

Brasov cityscape panoramic and aerial view over medieval architecture of Brasov town, in Transylvania Romania

Slovakia: Growth Continues But Problems Remain

Baltic Bank Merger May Tempt Polish Heavyweight

DNB Bank Vilnius

PE and VC Investment In CEE Is At an Eight-Year High

venture capital

Baltic States to Launch Combined Capital Market

capital markets

IMF: Institutions Key to Sustainable Growth


Foreigners choose Minsk and Gomel as Belarus’ most attractive FDI destinations

Hungary Seen as Riskiest Country in CEE


Revenues Of Bulgarian IT Companies Have Sextupled In the Last Decade

Continental Launch Largest Ever Lithuanian Greenfield Investment

kaunas lithuania

IMF Increases Growth Forecast With Emerging Europe Prominent

Dambovita river and center of Bucharest at sunset time Romania.

Albania’s Economy Booms Despite Political Infighting

Panorama view to the city Tirana Albania

Investigations Into the Corrupt Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Sectors

Ukrainian money hryvnia. The national currency. Corruption in Ukraine

EconMin: Bulgaria — Number One Outsourcing Destination And an Island of Stability in Europe

High-Tech Park in Minsk is growing rapidly

Bloomberg Croatia Business Day 2015

High Real Estate Prices at Home Force Czech Investors Abroad

Construction of the Petrin lookout tower in Prague Czech Republic

Air Passenger Volumes Reach Record High in the Baltics


Albania’s Construction Sector Supports the Country’s Growth

SARANDA, ALBANIA - MAY 18: View of the city Saranda, most important tourist attraction of the Albanian Riviera on May 18, 2017 in Saranda, Albania.

TV Still a Star for CME

Go East

More Brexit Fears As the UK Proves To Be A Needed Member

City of London view from Waterloo Bridge. This view includes: St. Paul`s Cathedral The Gherkin Tower 42 and Blackfriars Bridge.

German Multivac invests €15 million near Sofia

IMF Believes State-Owned Enterprises Must Be Reformed

Image of the banknotes of new Belarusian banknotes five rubles put into circulation July 1 2016

GSA Names Ukraine as UK’s Offshoring Destination of the Year

map of ukraine emerging europe

EU Membership and Transition into Market Economies Have Helped CEE Achieve Social Progress

Romanian Cabinet Reshuffled as New Splits Emerge in Ruling Party

BUCHAREST ROMANIA - MAY 25 2014: The Victoria Palace. Victoria Square.

Young Georgians Make Their Mark at Emerging Europe-EBRD Event

maximilien lambertson at emergeing ebrd outlook on georgia

One in Five Poles Unaware of Source of Funds for 500 Plus Programme

GE Inaugurates Its New Bucharest Software Centre

Asian Outsource Developer Team Sitting At Desk Working Laptop Computer Mobile Application Software Real Office

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *