UKRAINIANS IN POLAND

RADIO POLAND: One in five Polish companies employs Ukrainian workers

Ukrainians now make up a significant part of the Polish workforce following huge post-2014 leap in economic migration 

Radio Poland
Saturday, 25 August 2018 22:27

Twenty-one percent of Polish employers say they hire Ukrainian workers, a new study has found.

Half a year ago the figure stood at 11 percent, according to research by recruitment company Personnel Service, the Employers of Poland organisation and the State Employment Service of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, 17 percent of employers said they were planning to take on workers from neighbouring countries east of Poland in the near future, the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily reported.

Around 1 million Ukrainians are expected to travel to Poland for work over the next two years, according to the study.

Arkadiusz Pączka, deputy head of the Employers of Poland organisation, told the paper: “Belarusians will comprise the second-largest migration group.”

Eight percent of the Polish companies polled for the study said they employed Belarusian workers.

Employers in sectors such as food processing, services and trade are especially interested in recruiting workers from countries beyond Poland’s eastern border, according to the study.

Red tape and work permit limitations were named as the key obstacles to recruiting Ukrainians and Belarusians to work in Poland.

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