Tight labor market in Poland presents opportunities for Ukrainian refugees

12 August, 03:50 PM
372,000 Ukrainian refugees have found work in Poland since the outbreak of the war (Photo:depositphotos / halfpoint)

372,000 Ukrainian refugees have found work in Poland since the outbreak of the war (Photo:depositphotos / halfpoint)

July unemployment figures in Poland fell to 4.9% – a 32-year minimum – international employment agency Gremi Personal reported on Aug. 11, citing Polish government statistics.

According to the agency, while 372,000 Ukrainian refugees have found work in Poland since the outbreak of the war, nearly 300,000 Ukrainian laborers returned home from Poland to defend their country against the Russian invasion.

The report provides a further breakdown of Polish Voivodeships where most Ukrainian refugees tend to work:

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  • Masovian – 82,800;
  • Lower Silesian – 39,500;
  • Lodz – 36,400;
  • Greater Poland – 34,500.

Gremi Personal CEO Tomasz Bogdevich noted that Polish labor supply increased by 9% YoY, including for jobs traditionally done by Ukrainian laborers.

Bogdevich explains this dynamic by soaring inflation (EU Commission projects 2022 inflation in Poland at 12.2%), rising cost of living, and mortgage rates.

“We’re also seeing Poles starting to work jobs they would previously disregard, such as catering and hauling,” Bogdevich adds.

“Worsening economic conditions usually lead to increased unemployment, but, paradoxically, we’re observing the opposite dynamic.”

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