Companies looking to hire more staff in 2019

The majority of employers plan to recruit, employ and undertake activities directed at preventing employees from leaving the company. Hays Poland

Over 80 percent of Polish firms are looking to take on more employees and raise salaries in 2019, according to a new report.

According to a survey by Hays Poland, 87 percent of employers who took part in the survey that part of their HR strategy for the coming year includes hiring more temporary and contract workers to deal with candidate shortages, and to organise internship programmes and strengthen their brand on the market.

The most sought after skills on the Polish labour market remain IT specialists and engineers, as well as craftsmen and accountants.

Paula Rejmer, Managing Director Expert Perm, Response & Executive, Hays Poland, told TFN: “Employers from various sectors plan to recruit cybersecurity experts, professionals specialising in process automation and IT developers.

“Interesting job opportunities will also be available to specialists in the area of sales, manufacturing and engineering as well as finance and accounting.”

According to the Manpower Group Employment Outlook Survey, in the first quarter of 2019, industrial companies will increase employment by 21 percent, and logistics and transport companies by 20 percent.

Companies are trying to meet the growing expectations of their current employees by raising salaries.Pexels

Finding these, however, will probably remain a problem on the Polish labour market. IT- specialists are very flexible and tend to look for better paid jobs worldwide.

Craftsmen and building constructors are in short supply due to not enough being trained.

Monika Smulewicz, partner with international consulting company Grant Thornton, told TFN: "More and more people in Poland are graduating from universities. Of course, it’s good news that the level of education is getting higher, but it also causes huge shortages in the craft services market."

In its own employment forecast report focusing on medium-sized and large companies, Grant Thornton found that 23 percent of these companies will be looking to increase their number of employees.

With an unemployment rate of only 5.7 percent and a large supply of skilled workers, companies have to start offering better money and additional advantages such as flexible working hours, home office and attractive social security packages to their work force.

According to forecasts, 91 percent of companies expect to face recruitment challenges in 2019, the building sector is one of them.Pexels

Smulewicz continued: "Thirty-six percent of surveyed employers have already announced an increase in wages and salaries for their employees.

"And these are significant increases, reaching 8 to 9 percent. If they actually grow that high, 2019 will be a record year in terms of salary growth.”

Consequently, Polish employers are now almost at the forefront of Europe when it comes to increasing salaries, with only Swedish employers – 43 percent - wanting to offer pay rises.

Salary range remains the key factor taken into consideration by candidates who are considering changing jobs or are already choosing their next employer.

However, of increasing importance are other non-financial benefits companies offer.

Hays Salary Guide demonstrates that apart from the financial aspect of employment, candidates consider leaving their job due to a lack of career development opportunities, location, the nature of their duties and the difficulty of achieving a work-life balance.