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“Rzeczpospolita”: You do not need English – good intentions will do


We have a fantastic new way to promote our country. Australia has recently garnered fame as the place to offer the most attractive jobs in the world – turtle feeding or surfboard testing on paradise-like islands surrounded by coral reefs. The Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) has one-upped these offers – at least when it comes to the relation between the skills required, the responsibility involved and the salary – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in “Rzeczpospolita”.


The supervisory board of the Agency has announced a competition for the post of a board member. This job involves a lot of responsibility. The agency’s objective is to find foreign investors which is of key importance for Poland’s growth. Wages re not low either – probably close to 20 000 PLN a month.


What are the requirements for people who want to work in such important positions? Higher education (no matter where), five years of experience (anywhere). What about languages? English will be “a bonus”. Given that in times of competition for students some private universities give diplomas to people with no high school diploma, practically anyone could become a board member at PAIiIZ writes Malinowski.


The President of Employers of Poland points out that a secretary at a marketing agency has to be fluent in English and have a certificate to prove it – she should also speak another foreign language, although her salary is probably closer to the average wage.


Isn’t it great that the supervisory board of PAIiZ offers the highest posts in an economically strategic institution to people who do not even meet the criteria set out for anyone who wants to work as a waiter in a restaurant in Warsaw’s Old Town? ­he remarks bitterly.


Malinowski also emphasizes that in spite of earlier proclamations, Deputy PM and Minister of Economy Janusz Piechociński – who is a supervisor of the Agency has not punished those responsible for the competition in any way. According to Malinowski, Piechociński has adopted a tactic representative of the Council of Ministers as a whole.


I have a suggestion for the board – it will simplify the employment policy of public administration. Instead of grappling with criteria in order to choose the best candidate, a final criterion should be added (maybe in small print): it is unconditionally required that the candidate be called X and born on a specific day. Then, the choice will be clear and unambiguous writes the President of Employers of Poland.


I feel for Sławek Majman, Chairman of PAIiIZ, whom I have known for many years, and who is fluent in several languages. Rumor has it that pressed by circumstances he has recently learned Chinese. Therefore I am sorry that he will have to act as a translator for new members of the board of the institution he runs  concludes Malinowski.