Poles idealize the interwar period. However, this was a period which cannot be assessed only in an positive way. One issue that is particularly difficult to describe is the way in which the Polish authorities dealt with the effects of the 1929 economic crisis.
There is an insufficient participation of women on Polish labor market and Poland is still closer to the South rather than the North of Europe.
Poland has a very low fertility rate, lower than the majority of European countries. There is a clear cultural difference – not so much in the level of wealth, but in the quality of life.
The Polish government hopes that after the introduction of the 500+ program, costing more than 1 per cent of GDP, it will be possible to increase Poland’s fertility rate.
Functional illiteracy and ignorance are the bane of the contemporary labour market, also in the most technologically advanced countries. The issue is neglected in Poland, as no one is really concerned about Poles’ digital incompetence.
30,000 companies in Poland pay a total of PLN 3bn in additional taxes for employment of disable, but the majority of disabled people are not looking for an employment.
28 May 2014 is a historic date for Polish labour offices and, hopefully, for Polish unemployed too. It is the first time in over 10 years that the government has amended the operational rules for jobcentres. The range of available tools is increasing, however there is still a lot that depends on plain human involvement.
The fast pace of technological change means that we are beginning to conceive of computers as capable of doing almost anything, from answering quiz questions to driving a car. Firms need to adapt their business models in order to fully exploit innovation. A natural question arises: what skill set will be required of the workers of the future?