This year, the number of job offers for Ukrainians may exceed a million. It will be hard to break this record next year, as the government attempts to slow down the wave of workforce from the East.
Economists have long seen foreign workforce, particularly from Ukraine, as a cure for the looming workforce deficit in Poland. The unemployment rate is rapidly decreasing, more and more people have jobs and demography is not working in our favour.
Two new permits will be issued starting next year for 8 months (seasonal work) or 6 months (short-term work) in a calendar year. In addition, employers will have to provide the same wages and working conditions as for Polish employers. The government is implementing the requirements of an EU directive, but the changes are still met with objections from employers, who believe that although the new regulations are generally appropriate, they go too far.
— These changes will restrict the flexibility of Polish labour market through additional bureaucratic requirements and restricting access to workforce. Labour immigration fills in shortages on the labour market which domestic workforce is either unable or unwilling to cover — points out Monika Zaręba, labour market expert of Employers of Poland.
— The amendment should reflect an immigration policy conscious of the needs of Polish economy — she stresses.
According to her, the catalog of jobs available to foreigners with permits for seasonal work. — It would be inconceivable for such a catalog not to include jobs in construction and production — emphasizes Zaręba.