Employer Information : PolandFacts:
|Population:||38,6 million inhabitants, of which 98% are ethnic Poles|
|Area:||312,684 sq km - the 9th largest country in Europe|
|Borders:||Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany|
|Major Cities:||Warsaw(capital), Krakow, Wroclaw, Gdansk|
|Currency:||Polish Zloty - PLN|
- Since its return to democracy in 1989 Poland has steadfastly pursued a policy of liberalizing the economy and today stands out as one of the most successful and open examples of the transition from communism to a market economy.
- However, transformation into a market economy has led to a massive layoff of workers and a rapid rise in unemployment that is fluctuating around the 19% mark.
- The private sector's contribution to GDP rose from around 18% in 1989 to 72% in 2001, although the privatisation of the manufacturing sector has proceeded relatively slowly. The private sector accounts for the bulk of foreign trade, and provided 89% of recorded goods exports and 92% of goods imports in 2002. Private-sector employment outside of agriculture rose from 14% of the labour force in 1989 to 63% in 2001.
- The Polish economy was particularly strong in 2004, because it was recovering from a recession exacerbated by bad government policies. In the first nine months of 2004 Poland's total exports rose by more than 30%, helped by an improvement in these Governmental policies and the abolition of customs formalities. Economic growth averaged 4.6% in 2004, up from 3.5% in 2003.
- EU rules have opened the skies to budget airlines, boosting tourist numbers by 20% last year.
- The two million young people who are currently studying in Poland make up almost half of the student-age population, compared to for example 35 percent in Germany or 33 percent in USA. That places Poland second in Europe in terms of the number of students.
- Polish students are generally well acquainted with foreign languages.
- There are 116 state academies in Poland , including 17 universities, 18 technical academies and 263 private schools of third level education. They employ over 100,000 scientists, out of which half hold doctorate degree. The quality of the Polish scientific and technical achievements is reflected by the fact that the world's largest corporations locate their R&D centers there.
- As an indication of the quality of Polish third level education, Warsaw University was ranked first in the Top Coder international IT ranking. The University has outperformed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and California Institute of Technology.
- Poland has one of Europe's youngest societies (half of the nation is below the age of 35).
- Due to the high population, the full range of labour and professional skills can be found in Poland.
- A high percentage of the Polish population is engaged in manufacturing, agriculture, and construction, and Poland is widely renowned throughout Europe for the calibre of its trades people.
- The country is also enjoying wide renown for the excellence of its graduates across all sectors, and offers a pool of highly qualified IT Staff, Engineering Staff, Medical Staff and Financial Staff.