The percentage of companies that report problems with recruiting qualified staff is growing. In some cases, the problem is as bad as it was before the pandemic. This is a general conclusion from the survey of the economic situation in industry, trade, and services carried out by the Central Statistical Office (GUS). The pollsters of the GUS ask entrepreneurs, inter alia, for the greatest, according to them, barriers to activity, including assessment of the problem of access to qualified employees.
Since re-opening in spring this year, the group of restaurants and hotels has been systematically increasing, which indicates employment as an obstacle to business. In recreation, culture, and entertainment, which also suffered during the pandemic, the barrier to recruiting employees is even greater than immediately before the pandemic.
The data from the GUS business climate survey are consistent with previously published information on the demand for labor. They showed that the number of job vacancies at the end of the second quarter was 142,800 and was by a third greater than the year before. Compared to the beginning of the year, it increased by as much as 75.4 percent.
According to Andrzej Kubisiak, deputy director of the Polish Economic Institute, it is the problems with recruiting employees that are the reason for the slowdown in employment growth, as we saw in the August data.