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Overall score

Score by Indicator

4.7
in 2016 4.8
0 2.5 5 7.5 10

Key drivers

Talent mismatch

Last year the unfilled job vacancy rate rose for the third year in a row and the trend continued in the first quarter of 2017.

Overall wage pressure

Wage pressure eased in Poland overall. Wage growth was strong, but slower than the high increases seen in the past.

Wage pressure in high-skill industries

Downwards movement on Poland’s overall score was driven by overall dispersion between wages in high- and lower-skill industries.

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COUNTRY OVERVIEW

View from the ground

Charles Carnall, Managing Director, Hays Poland

The continuation of solid growth and a record low unemployment rate, together with activities from new investors and the development of existing companies, is forecast to lead to faster economic growth in 2018. The labour market has performed well so far this year but is expected to tighten with a lowering of the statutory retirement age. Fiscal deficits are expected to increase, reflecting higher public investment and social expenditures. Nevertheless, Poles rank among the top in the world in terms of optimism on the current state of the economy. In 2018 the labour force is forecast to continue shrinking. This results from a combination of a gradually falling working age population and recent policy measures that may discourage labour market participation, particularly of low-skilled people.

Charles Carnall, Managing Director,  Hays Poland

Country Profile

Overall, the Hays Global Skills Index score for Poland has fallen slightly this year because wages are expected to grow more slowly in 2017 than they did in the past.

There is potential for this to change, however. The Polish economy is expected to grow faster in 2017 (3.9 per cent) than in 2016 (2.7 per cent), which could increase demand for skilled labour.

And like several other European countries, Poland’s shrinking working age population – forecast by the UN to fall by 5.3 per cent between 2015 and 2020, partly because of net out migration – is reducing the talent pool available to businesses wanting to grow.

Key skills in demand

  • Developers
  • Cyber security professionals
  • Engineers (quality, process, R&D)
  • Project managers
  • HR business partners

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Charles Carnall, Managing Director, Hays Poland