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Polish employers identify skills shortages despite 3mil unemployed

Polish employers identify skills shortages despite 3mil unemployed

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Although the unemployment rate hovers at around the three million level, employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find qualified labor. Bogdan Gorzycki, a car dealer in Bydgoszcz, attempted to find a car electrician, but although every forth adult person in the region is looking for a job his search proved fruitless.

Krystyna Foltyn, who owns a network of hairdresser salons in Kraków, has encountered similar problems. She complains about continuous staffing problems, with applicants having high expectations and very few skills. One labor specialist suggests apt applicants who have relevant university qualifications are becoming rare. "The problem lies in high cost of labor which makes workers descend to the gray zone," another source suggested.

Many Poles I meet are in the opposite situation, they are overqualified. Or, they have education but lack relevant experience.

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