Satisfaction of Ukrainians with work in Poland increases

The level of satisfaction of employees from Ukraine with their work in Poland is on the rise. As many as 85% respondents declare to be satisfied with their job, an increase of seven percentage points year-over-year. As the demand for workers from Eastern countries continues to grow, companies compete to attract them with higher salaries or additional benefits. Ukrainian employees also attach increasing importance to the sense of security.

The results of the survey, conducted annually by OTTO Work Force among its Ukrainian employees, show that the downward trend in the level of satisfaction with work in Poland has continued since 2017, when the indicator reached its maximum (94%). In 2020, the first visible increase in satisfaction was recorded, i.e. by six percentage points year-over-year. In 2021, the level of satisfaction with work in Poland went up again; this time by seven percentage points.


"Such a substantial increase in the level of satisfaction is mainly due to the epidemiological situation we have been facing since the beginning of 2020. The labour market has been changing very dynamically in the last two years, with many people losing their jobs and having to go back to their homeland for the duration of the pandemic. These difficulties have made Ukrainians appreciate employment in Poland even more. Also Polish employers are trying harder to attract workers from Eastern countries, as the labour market has returned to the pre-pandemic situation and some industries, for example manufacturing, are still making up for the downtime caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The demand for employees is high again and companies find it increasingly difficult to cope with it, so they must compete for staff by offering better remuneration or additional benefits", says Tomasz Dudek, Managing Director of OTTO Work Force Central Europe.

Tomasz Dudek:

"The labour market has been changing very dynamically in the last two years, with many people losing their jobs and having to go back to their homeland for the duration of the pandemic. These difficulties have made Ukrainians appreciate employment in Poland even more. Polish employers are also trying harder to attract workers from Eastern countries [...]"

In percentage terms, the group of people who answered "Yes" or "Rather yes" to the question "Are you satisfied with your job in Poland?" accounts for 85% of all respondents and is seven percentage points higher than a year ago. Only four percent of respondents answered that they were not satisfied with their work in Poland, and 11% could not clearly state this.


The sense of security has gained importance


Invariably, one of the main reasons why Ukrainian citizens choose to work in Poland is higher wages. In 2021, this factor was the motivation for 58% of respondents. Next - on almost equal positions - were a greater sense of security (35%), lack of work in Ukraine (30%) and a better economic situation (28%). 17% of the respondents indicated that it was easier to get a job.

 

"The minimum wage in Ukraine is 70% lower than in Poland, and our Eastern neighbours also face rising inflation. This makes working conditions in Poland very attractive from the point of view of Ukrainians. It should be noted, however, that in the latest survey higher wages were indicated by just 58% of respondents, a decrease of 13 % compared to 2020. In turn, a greater sense of security gained in importance - from 12% to 35% year-on-year", says Tomasz Dudek, Managing Director of OTTO Work Force Central Europe.

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