In recent months, the position of employees on the labour market has steadily improved. This trend is also confirmed by the fourth edition of the Labour Market Barometer, elaborated by Work Service, which shows that since the start of the year the number of those who fear for their employment has fallen from 28 percent to 19 percent and one in two Poles expects their wage to grow. According to experts, it will be easier for employees to negotiate higher wages when changing jobs, particularly as over 28 percent of employers plan to recruit in the near future. On the other hand, only 5 percent of companies plan to increase wages.
– The condition of Polish labour market in 2015 is very good. The unemployment rate is the lowest since 2008, demand and consumption are growing. All this translates to stable economic growth which stimulates the labour market. This positive trend has continued since last year, but now we clearly see its impact on the sense of stability. Improved economic climate means that employees do not fear that they will be reduced, they are willing to change jobs, they expect and assume that their wages will grow – says Tomasz Hanczarek, Chairman of the Board at Work Service S.A.
– Employers are reluctant to declare their willingness to increase wages, but it has to be kept in mind that due to the improving position of employees, wage pressure is also growing – which is noticeable already at the recruitment stage. Managers who want to attract new specialists have to pay more at the outset. This restrains raises among the employees who are already there – adds Hanczarek.
Most of the companies that plan to recruit new employees wants to look for employees in three ways: through Labour Offices (64 percent), through personal contacts (63 percent) and internet services (60 percent). Another popular mechanism is to use a section of the company website dedicated to job offers (38 percent). One in four companies wants to hire a company outsourcing personal services – almost 9 percentage points more than in the first quarter of 2015. It should be emphasized that most companies use more than one tool to maximize the number and quality of applications received.
– The demand for the services of employment agencies will rise dramatically, mostly due to the skills gap. Moreover, as a consequence of emigration being far higher than immigration, the Polish labour market has experienced a significant workforce drain, both when it comes to physical workers and highly qualified specialists. These phenomena create obstacles in satisfying the requirements – says Monika Zaręba, labour market expert of Employers of Poland.
– A very good showing in the first half of the year and the results of our research mean that we may look forward to the rest of the year with optimism. By the end of the year we should be dealing with a single-digit unemployment rate – this, in turn, will serve as psychological watershed, beyond which the market will be an employees’ market – concludes Tomasz Hanczarek.
The report in full and a presentation based on it (both in Polish) are attached below.