Companies in Poland experience staff shortages

Central Statistical Office published unemployment data for July 2017. The official unemployment rate in Poland in the seventh month of the year stood at 7.1 percent. This means the number of unemployed in the country remained on the same level for two months. Unemployment in June 2017 was also 7.1 percent. This may be found a little bit surprising, as most experts predicted the unemployment rate will continue its downward trend which lasted for whole five months. Eurostat data shows that unemployment in Poland is much below the EU average.


In total, in July there were 1,140 thousand people registered as unemployed in Employment Offices in Poland. The statistical data vary depending on the region of the country. The lowest unemployment was reported in the Greater Poland voivodship (regional capital: Poznań) where it stood at merely 4.2 percent. In terms of cities, the lowest rate of unemployment was, as one may expect, in the capital city of Warsaw (2.5 percent).


The statistics are in line with government predictions. The budget states that for the entire 2017 the unemployment rate should stand at 8 percent. Officials claim that next year the situation on the job market should be even better and the official unemployment is to drop even further, to 6.4 percent. A sharp decrease in the number of registered unemployed is expected for October, due to introduction of lower retirement age.


The situation is good for those looking for a job, but more and more businesses experience staff shortages and have trouble successfully recruiting employees. This is due to low number of people out of work but also negative demographic trends. Today, much fewer graduates leave schools than a few years ago. A recent survey conducted by Millward Brown shows that 25 percent of small companies have to curb investment due to difficulties in finding personnel and half of survey participants had problems finding good candidates for employees.




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