Number of new job offers in Poland falls by 16.7 pct in December

The number of new job offers in Poland fell by 16.7 percent year on year in December, according to a new report.

Despite the downturn, the report, produced by the companies Grant Thornton and Element, was upbeat about labour market prospects in the wider perspective and particularly in the context of the second wave of coronavirus.

"Happily the second, autumn wave of the pandemic has weakened significantly," the report stated. "Although there are many more infections than in the first, employers view the future much more calmly. In December 2020, 176,000 job offers were published, or 16.7 percent fewer than in the analogous period of the previous year."

"It is a better result than in November (when the year-on-year fall stood at 26.9 percent) and October (a fall of 21.2 percent)," the report continued. "Hope can therefore be had that the peak of the second wave of the pandemic on the Polish labour market is already behind us.

“It is true that it cannot be ruled out that the start of 2021 will bring a renewed worsening of the situation (e.g. the imposition of new restrictions with the winter break or the appearance of a third wave of infections) but certainly optimism is caused by the fact that the second wave of the pandemic turned out relatively mild for the labour market,” the report added.