Randstad presented the 25th quarterly report entitled “Employers’ plans”. This is a useful compass for employees. This time the plans of employment are the most optimistic since 6 years”, commented PAIiIZ president Sławomir Majman during the conference held on 9 March.
The first part of 2015 is expected to be very optimistic regarding the employment market. The percentage of employers willing to create new jobs (30%) is the highest since six years – in went up by 4% q/q. Also the number of companies planning to increase salaries in growing. Moreover, despite the lack of enthusiasm among entrepreneurs regarding the economic condition of Poland, there is a rising trend in defining the situation of their companies as good or very good.
Since the second part of 2014, a growing trend of pessimism regarding the improvement of economic situation in Poland is observed. During last 4 quarters the group of optimists has shrunken from by 1/3. In addition, comparing to the last edition of the survey, the group of companies expecting the recession is growing - it went up by 4% and reached 14% in 2015. However, only 5% of companies define their situation as bad or very bad while the majority of all of them (64%) is seem to be satisfied.
Among companies willing to increase the employment, the majority comes from the western Poland (37%). When speaking of sectors; trade, production and construction are the areas where possibility of finding job is the highest. The fastest rate in new jobs creation is expected in companies employing over 250 people. “Among 169 investment project currently supported by PAIiIZ, 117 comes from industrial sector and 52 from services. We also see the growing importance of R&D centres in Poland”, commeted Mr Majman.
However, the rising demand for employee meets with the shortage of a prepared workforce. “Last year 40% of companies looking for employees had problems with fining proper people. To deal with that situation, companies hired less people then they could or employer those with lower qualifications while 5% of companies decided not to hire anyone. The last group had grown from 2% to 5% during last two years. The situation creates new opportunities for those who are currently looking for job. They should provide monitoring of the expectation of the market – what competences are now wanted by employers – and try to develop those skills. This strategy should significantly improve changes for fining a job”, advices Agnieszka Bulik, from Ranstad.
German daily newspapers report that it started to cloud over Polish economy, which had recently begun to shrink. They compare today’s recession with the crisis of 2009 and claim that the situation today is even worse than it was. According to today’s German daily newspaper Handelsblatt – the country, thought to be the economy engine, does not produce anymore steam. Poland, being the only European Union county which was not affected by the world crisis in 2009, is apparently losing the economy burst. According to the data from Central Statistical Office – the GDP of the third quarter of this year increased in no more that 0,4 percent in comparison to the previous quarter. It was not so bad even in critical 2009 – during the world economy crisis. During the downturn, when all EU countries were in recession, Polish GDP increased in 1,7 percent. The daily reports that according to the Central Statistical Office the situation is getting even worse due to significant reduction in domestic demand that used to be a driving factor for economic growth in Poland, which rate was immensely higher than the average one in EU. In the meantime, according to media reports, the majority of Poles are afraid of upcoming crisis , save up and drastically cut expenditures. As stated in an article published in Financial Times Deutschland, the fact that quantity of foreign orders and employment increased in comparison with the previous month – will not have a notable impact on the existing situation.
According to the Portuguese weekly newspaper Expresso - Poland is a gate for investors from Portugal, who are planing to invest in Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus and Russia.
The newspaper notes that Polish economy has achieved immensly good results. The average growth of GDP in Poland between 2003 and 2008 was 5.2% annually. Meanwhile, in 2009 Poland was the only country which avoided recession.
It is also mentioned that the values of Portuguese Investments in Poland are systematically growing. The newspaper reports that the values of the investments between 2007 and 2011 continued to grow and increased to 721 millions of euro.
Slawomikr Nowak, the Minister of Transport, Construction and Maritime Economy, declared that a trip from Wroclaw to Warsaw in 2014 will take 3,5 hours. This means that a journey from the capital to Czestochowa will take 2 hours, which is more than one hour faster than it is today. The trip duration from Gdynia to Warsaw will also be reduced. About 1 billion PLN will be spent for renovation and revitalization of train stations.