POLAND: The Polish labour market has recorded a 0.8 percent uptick in the employment rate quarter-on-quarter, Eurostat reported on Wednesday. In the first quarter, the growth amounted to 0.7 percent. In the EU, employment increased by 0.4 percent q/q.
The growth in employment figures comes in contrast to the reportedly difficult situation of Polish employers, who say they cannot fill their vacancies. Some 37 percent of Polish enterprises see this as the greatest hurdle to development, according to a study by the European Commission. “The insufficient labour supply is offset by the inflow of workers from Ukraine, but they often don’t feature in statistics, so this does not explain the growth in employment,” Łukasz Kozłowski, an economic analyst with Employers of Poland, told the daily Rzeczpospolita. “It looks as though claims that the labour market has hit a stumbling block in the form of inadequate supply have been exaggerated,” Kozłowski said, pointing to meagre wage growth. The analyst says the figures are set to increase “once companies really run out of prospective employees.”