According to the results of the Michael Page survey, in the first quarter of 2020, over 29 percent of Poles polled by Michael Page declared that they were without a permanent job. This is an increase of 4.5 pp relative to the same period last year and by 7.2 pp compared to the last quarter of 2019.
Data from the Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS) show that in May 2020 the unemployment rate in Poland amounted to 6.0 percent and was by 0.6 pp higher than in the corresponding period of 2019. Compared to the statistics from the previous year, the number of people registered in labor offices increased by over 105,700.
This year, the percentage of respondents whose main motivation to take up work is the lack of permanent employment increased by 6.8 pp. (reaching 25 percent). However, the percentage of employees who consider leaving the current employer due to financial issues has decreased. Insufficient earnings is an excuse to change for 38 percent of respondents. It is comforting, however, that the majority of Polish employees (54.7 percent) are still looking for a new employer mainly due to the desire to acquire additional skills.
"The difficult economic situation of the employer was drawn to the attention of more than 18 percent of respondents this year. As early as in the fourth quarter of 2019, this response was given by 11 percent of respondents. Just one year ago, the earnings were the most motivating factor for changing jobs. Over 43 percent of respondents paid attention to this aspect, which is over 5 pp more than now. We can assume that the perspective of stable employment is more important at the moment," Piotr Dziedzic, senior director at Michael Page, said.