Recruitment Trends in Poland

Recruiting processes are always influenced by a number of economic, technological and socio-political factors. The resulting changes lead to new trends, which can help companies to improve their recruiting strategies and competitive edge.

Thus, latest trends in Polish recruitment include:

  •  willingness to accept young workers without experience, free internship and commitment to train inexperienced employees in the required manner;
  •  interest in Ukrainians (who were forced to leave their country due to war) working efficiently both as line personnel and on top positions due to their inherent diligence;
  •  emphasis on soft skills, such as good communication, teamwork, ability to adapt to a new environment, as well as maintaining a balance of soft and hard skills;
  •  attention to staff mental health, first of all, aiming to prevent professional burnouts;
  •  positive view on remote work for applicable professions (graphic designers, teachers, IT specialists, online marketers, proofreaders, etc.);
  •  use of AI-based applicant tracking systems (ATS) that drastically improve the recruiter’s performance, etc.

There are also, of course more sustainable trends that have been relevant on the Polish recruitment market for several years and may be considered as its well-established feature. In particular, a focus on the Western organizational culture still prevails, implying a high level of staff involvement in internal business processes, horizontal communication and broad responsibility. Companies tend to offer contracts with transparent terms (2-3 years), so ‘stealing’ talented employees becomes not so simple due to possible legal issues.

However, some of these specific peculiarities sometimes have a negative impact on recruiting processes. First of all, it can be too slow and careful. It can take up to 3 months to sign a contract even with a highly desirable employee. A sought-after candidate may have to wait several weeks for just an interview, not to mention the other applicants. Communication mostly takes place via email or LinkedIn, whereas phone calls or messengers remain unpopular.

As you can see, some long-term accepted trends can have a favorable outcome, while others – a destructive impact on the processes of recruiting new employees. Nevertheless, the existing recruitment trends are focusing on developing a strong team, establishing a comfortable working atmosphere, and promoting the individual skills.