Antal International's forecasts for 2013 regarding the dynamics of hiring professionals and managers (Antal Global Snapshot for Q1 and expected trends in 2013) proved to be very positive – of all the 2,700 respondents, nearly half declared that they would be recruiting professionals and managers in the first quarter of 2013.
"For the past three years we have seen a stable employment dynamic for middle and senior management. In particular, we note the continued need for specialists, sales managers and IT engineers," said Artur Skiba, who is also vice president of SAZ (the Polish employment agencies' association ).
Among the trends forecast in the market for specialists and managers in 2013 are the growth of 'crisis-proof' sectors, as well as the rise of the Made in Poland brand, which is related to an increase in the quality of work in Poland. Employers will increasingly be putting more pressure on the verification of candidates – more psychometric tests and assessment centres will be used. On the other hand, competition between employers for the best experts will intensify.
"Now is the perfect time to gain the upper hand and to win talent for an organisation. For this purpose, take care of employer branding. An interesting source of great employees can be from among those migrating from one business sector to another, such as bankers moving into FMCG, for example. “Using rich experiences from sectors other than our own, we can gain added value," said Mr Skiba.
From the perspective of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ), the labour market is also looking positive. Agata Mężyńska said, “looking at the current influx of new projects leads us to believe that 2013 will be no worse, and may be even be better than last year.” She pointed to the the significant number of new inward investment in the shared-services/business process outsourcing sector. Michael Dembinski, head of policy at the BPCC added that Poland was on the UK's target list of 20 key economies, suggesting that the country had become an increasingly attractive market for British investors.
The discussion was summarised by Jacek Męcina from the Ministry of Labour, who began by asking HR Policy Group members to introduce themselves and their businesses. According to the minister, the labour market situation will improve soon; this, says Mr Męcina can be seen from the falling number of firms announcing restructuring plans. The biggest challenges from the perspective of the ministry are to ensure jobs for young people, offering comprehensive support to unlock their entrepreneurial potential, as well as helping people over the age of 50 to re-enter the labour market. The minister noted that these are extremely valuable human resources, and that access to human capital, motivation and ability will, in coming years, be one of Poland's most important competitive advantages. According to Mr Męcina, raising the employment rate to 10% would bring an extra 40 billion zlotys into the state budget.