Poland's unemployment rate rose to 5.5 percent in January 2020 from 5.2 percent a month earlier, Deputy Family, Labour and Social Policy Minister Stanisław Szwed said on Thursday.
In a survey by the CBOS public opinion research centre, most Poles (62 percent) said that foreigners should be free to work in Poland while 29 percent expressed the opinion that their access to the Polish labour market should be limited.
With Poland battling a labour shortage that has left firms struggling to find workers the pool of untapped labour could prove to be a serious asset.
The Labour Market Index (WRP), which predicts future changes in the level of unemployment in Poland, inched down in October, for the first time in six months, the Bureau for Investments and Economic Cycles (BIEC) said on Thursday.
Poland's estimated registered unemployment in July was at 5.2 percent and fell by 0.1 ppt against June, Family and Labour Minister Bozena Borys-Szopa said on Wednesday, adding that since 1991, the July unemployment rate has never been so low.
Over 30 enterprises and public institutions took part in the Polish Job Fair in London on Sunday. Poles living in the UK were presented with concrete job offers both in the private sector and in State Treasury companies and public administration.
The event was organised by the Labour Mobility Initiative Association, a Kraków-based NGO, which seeks to promote service mobility on the EU’s internal market by organising workshops, conducting research, informing the public and intervening when necessary.
Research shows that the inflow of Ukrainians onto the labour market has stabilised and a reduction in national insurance payers.
The index, which takes in to account such things as gender pay gap and employment rates, means Poland’s improvement is second only to Luxembourg. The leaders of the ranking are Iceland, Sweden and New Zealand.
Despite announcements of a possible slowdown in the global economy, Polish companies are optimistic about the future.