Tag: labour market
The labour market is really a bright spot of the Polish economy. Employment and wages are growing, unemployment is falling, and a number of indicators show that companies report increasing demand for employees. However, we still face significant lags in economic activity, in particular, among the elderly and women.
Sociologists dealing with Polish trade unions estimate they have between 1.5m - 2.4m members. This wide divergence underscores the lack of precise data on trade. What the surveys do clearly show is that 74% of respondents do not see unions having any positive impact the situation of employees.
An increasing number of Polish migrants in Ireland and Great Britain plan to stay abroad. The majority of them start families there or bring their families over. Meanwhile, Poles moving to the Netherlands and Germany put down shallower roots, often planning only temporary stays, as shown by the recent emigration surveys conducted by the Polish central bank.
There are more than 115 million immigrants currently living in developed countries of the OECD - people born outside their current country of residence who hold citizenship of the country of their origin. They constitute approx. 10% of the population in the OECD.
Should the government support its own entrepreneurs? Krzysztof Domarecki, one of the wealthiest Poles, represents such a view. “I am not in favour of protectionism, yet unrestrained liberalism is harmful” argues the businessman, who has set up a foundation to support international expansion of Polish firms.
28 May 2014 is a historic date for Polish labour offices and, hopefully, for Polish unemployed too. It is the first time in over 10 years that the government has amended the operational rules for jobcentres. The range of available tools is increasing, however there is still a lot that depends on plain human involvement.