In the first quarter of 2014, employment in the European Union increased by 0.2 percent and in the eurozone by 0.1 percent, recent Eurostat figures show. – Poland is among the leading EU member states in terms of the pace at which the situation on the job market improves – in the same period, employment in Poland increased by 0.5 percent – reminds expert of employers of Poland Lukasz Kozłowski.
Only Great Britain, Latvia and Hungary, whose employment growth rate of 1.5 percent led all countries, recorded a better result.
Recent data confirms the thesis that the Polish job market is recovering, although the fact that the revival is gradually losing its dynamics may be a cause for some concern. The decrease in unemployment rate between March and May is related to seasonal factors more than to the improvement of the economic situation.
Positive Eurostat data should not be seen as a proof that further improvement on the job market is guaranteed. This should motivate our government to undertake reforms aimed at creating conditions conducive to employment growth. A hasty increase of the minimum wages and increasing non-wage labour costs through imposing premiums on civil contracts can hardly be considered positive developments in this regard.
Łukasz Kozłowski, expert of Employers of Poland