Labor market 4.0

The continuous decline in the number of people in in working age and the poor competitiveness of the Polish labor market in the international arena pose many challenges. What can we do to make this market more attractive? How to stop rotation in the company? With what tools to develop your employees? Are Polish university graduates ready to enter the labor market? The representatives of multinational corporations talked about these topics during the discussion panel on the second day of the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica.


During the discussion panel a report was presented on the research carried out by KPMG among entrepreneurs. It shows that the key problems of Polish employers are: maintaining employees (57%), recruitment of employees (47%), employee involvement (47%). Research shows that Polish employers would most preferably employ people with 9 years of experience, however, few of them realize the importance of raising qualifications among their own teams.

HR Director of Jeronimo Martins Polska, Jarosław Sobczyk, does not find the data suprising:

Nie jestem zaskoczony patrząc na te dane, ponieważ wiele firm walczy teraz o zapełnienie wszystkich stanowisk, które oferuje, co jest priorytetem przed wysokimi kwalifikacjami zatrudnionych.

Jakub Papierski, the vice-president of the board of PKO Bank Polski, pointed out that the Polish education system should focus more on familiarizing young people with the realities of work:

We are dealing with a serious gap in the education system between 15-19 years of age, at the stage when people select the path of study. This is the moment which determines the choice of professional career – and the Polish system does not offer any practices that would show the future employees the specific duties at specific job positions.



In the context of education, Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak from the Warsaw School of Economics raised the problem of self-learning, which is the necessary competence in the modern world:

I am surprised by the results of this part of the research which concerns training courses in Polish companies. Schools should prepare students for learning throughout their lives.

Piotr Dziwok, the president of the board of Shell Polska, referred in turn to the ongoing process of robotization. According to him, it should not be seen as a threat to the employee, but as an opportunity to make his work more attractive:

Shell employed 1,100 people last year. Despite the ongoing robotization, we still want to hire new employees. We are not looking for people who will do boring, less engaging and repetitive tasks – these are left to robots. Employees must feel that they are developing and connecting their future with the company.