Posted On April 4th, 2013
A report from the recruitment firm Hays says the number of non-Polish residents applying for jobs in The Polish BPO sector has grown by 30% over the past 3 years with a dramatic rise in the second half of 2012. It is likely that this rise is in part due to the economic crisis in countries such as Greece & Portugal.
The international job hunters were predominantly from Serbia, Greece and Portugal but there have been applications from all over the world including from many Asian countries. Poland is the largest market for outsourcing industries in Eastern Europe. In December, its booming business services industry hit the 100,000 employees mark and is forecast to add another 15,000 to 20,000 new jobs this year. This still makes it comparatively small compared to India &The Philippines but its growth rate is out-stripping that of India.
In total numbers, however, Poland is still an insider's tip for globally mobile workers. From 2010 to 2011, the number of non-Polish EU citizens living in Poland rose only slightly by 700 to 15,500, while the number of foreigners from outside the EU increased from 30,700 to 31,700. There is also a view that many of the migrant Polish workers who have left to go to countries such as The UK and Ireland have started to return to Poland as the labour market soften in The British Isles.
The trend could continue as wages in Poland's private sector are getting more attractive. The statistics office GUS reported that in February, the average gross salary rose more than expected and was up by four percent year-on-year much stronger than the 2.6% which had been predicted.