WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Monday, October 23, 2006

 

Where are those unemployed?

When I went to Poland last May, I talked about Polish unemployment figures with some friends. All agreed that those numbers are bogus. This article now confirms they were right.

Polish employers having trouble finding workers

Warsaw, Poland October 23, 2006

The Polish unemployment rate stands at 15.3%, but companies are having trouble finding qualified personnel for open positions.

The Ministry of Labor estimates that there are 1.5 mln people working in the grey economy, but this is probably a major understatement of the actual number. Furthermore, the Ministry's official estimate of the number of people who have left to find work in other EU countries stands at 660 thousand.

Meanwhile, the economy is growing at a 5% rate and employers are having trouble finding people to work. The construction sector has been hit hardest - both for companies taking on large projects like roadlaying and for homeowners who are having trouble finding work crews for home repairs and remodeling.

The health care sector has also been hit hard. Doctors and nurses have moved abroad to find better pay. Before Poland joined the EU, there were about 250 thousand registered nurses in Poland, now there are 164 thousand.

Nurses, who work under difficult circumstances were being paid an average of about PLN 800 per month in gross wages just three years ago. Since it is nearly impossible to subsist on that pay, many left the country. Now minimum wages for nurses are moving towards PLN 1,900 monthly.

Poland's labor laws and ridiculously high payroll taxes act as a disincentive to hire, but with the economy expanding companies are being forced to offer higher wages.


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