Poland records big demand for Ukrainian workers

Refugees from Ukraine are starting to enter Polish labor market, which is suffering from a labor deficit. Employment agencies speak of a real boom in their services. There is already a recorded interest of 60% higher level in work enquiries comparing to the same period last year.

The most wanted are construction workers, highly specialized workers, such as welders, locksmiths, carpenters, workers for the production and operation of machinery. There is also great demand in services, trade, tourism and gastronomy, transport, logistics, e-commerce and accounting. Demand is therefore similar to the year before, but the deficit increased. This is due to the fact that the Polish economy is recovering from the pandemic.

According to the HR agencies in Poland, the number of job candidates from Ukraine is also growing fast. The most booming regions in Poland are Poznań and Wielkopolska, Silesia and Lower Silesia where the unemployment rate is low and the demand for workers is high.

Employers in Poland are serious about creating jobs, especially for women and sanctions against Russia are already taking effect. New orders arrive in Poland, including those from the automotive sector. There are increased job offers in the production of car upholstery and in the field of electric harnesses. New jobs will also be created in the hotel and gastronomic sector when the season will be about to start. Other sectors actively seeking for employees from Ukraine are printing sector, wind turbines sector and beauty sector. There are also needed translators, electricians and IT specialists.

On March 4, 2022, the EU Council adopted a directive introducing temporary protection in connection with the mass influx of people fleeing Ukraine as a result of the war. It gives the right of legal residence and access to the labor market throughout the Union for all citizens of Ukraine and third countries leaving this country after February 24.

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