According to the latest figures published by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, thanks to the act on extraordinary employment protection instruments, more than 2 000 jobs have been saved and 110 companies have received financial support. – In relation to the size of our country this may not seem to be a lot, but with an unemployment rate of over 10 percent every job is important – comments expert of Employers of Poland Wioletta Żukowska.
Support is used mostly by small companies, as for larger ones a turnover decrease of 15 percent is much more dangerous and could mean bankruptcy. Moreover, maximum support allowed by the act (200 000 euro) often proves insufficient for the biggest comapnies with serious financial problems.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy calculates that since the regulations came into force, that is since November 21st 2013, 11.6 mln PLN from the Guaranteed Employee Benefit Fund was spent on employment protection. The Ministry estimates that by the end of June as many as 4 000 people on work contracts will have received support.
Smaller interest in financial support when the previous anti-crisis act was in force was caused a.o. by the fact that the regulation came into force too late. However, entrepreneurs were keen to use flexible working time, ie. 12-month accounting periods (ca. 1100 companies). These instruments are now permanently present in the Labor Code.
Wioletta Żukowska, expert of Employers of Poland