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2018-04-20 | 06:00
Work

The salaries of Polish teachers are among the lowest in Europe. The April pay rises will not change this

Poland is far behind in terms of teacher salaries not only in comparison to affluent European countries but also to our closest neighbours. The pay rises introduced in April will not change the situation. More than 99 percent of teachers will receive an average pay rise of 5.35 percent, i.e. from PLN 95 to 168 depending on their professional rank. In annual terms, the rise will amount to 3.75 percent, which, adjusting for inflation, is 1.45 percent. This is a much lower growth rate than that recorded for wages and salaries in the economy as a whole,” ZNP’s President Sławomir Broniarz emphasised.
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2018-04-20 | 06:00
Technologies

The Polish transport sector underfunded. Local businesses spend much less on technology innovations compared to Western Europe

Polish companies continue to rely on traditional paper binders and Excel sheets to store their data, a study by TomTom Telematics finds. Traditional analogue tools are used by 40% of businesses. Only one in eight companies use telemetric systems to reduce their costs, ensure more efficient vehicle use and improve drivers’ safety. Polish companies spend much less on these measures than their counterparts in France and Germany. This problem is particularly pressing in the transport sector, where returns on investments show the quickest.
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2018-04-19 | 06:00
Work
Poland is seeing a decline in the number of job offers in PR. The situation has not been as bad since 2013

Poland is seeing a decline in the number of job offers in PR. The situation has not been as bad since 2013

With only 1,400 job offers in public relations, 2017 was one of the worst times for the industry in many years. You were the most likely to find a job in a PR agency, as they provided more than 60 percent of job offers. Usually these concerned assistant and consultant positions. Companies and institutions offered jobs to PR professionals with more experience. The most job offers were provided by marketing, financial and insurance sectors.
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2018-04-19 | 05:55
Industry
Poland is strengthening its position as the leading European window manufacturer. The construction of Poland’s largest window factory has been completed in Pomerania

Poland is strengthening its position as the leading European window manufacturer. The construction of Poland’s largest window factory has been completed in Pomerania

Poland has been the European leader in window exports for three years. DOVISTA Polska, which belongs to the same capital group as the roof window producer VELUX, has just finished an expansion project, which is going to boost its position as a producer and exporter. The company invested PLN 22 m in the new 11,000 sq. m distribution centre. This project will help the company increase its production by 10-15 percent this year and create 100 new jobs. The factory in Wędkowy is the largest facility manufacturing wooden windows in Poland and one of the biggest employers in Pomerania.
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2018-04-18 | 06:00
EU funds
Polish ports are gaining foothold on the European transshipment market. Gdańsk is investing in infrastructure and hoping to take over some clients from German ports

Polish ports are gaining foothold on the European transshipment market. Gdańsk is investing in infrastructure and hoping to take over some clients from German ports

The Seaport in Gdańsk is to invest PLN 600 m in two major projects supported by EU funds. These are to attract new clients within the Baltic Sea region, which is Europe’s fastest growing sea area. Transshipment volume in Polish ports is growing i.a. because of favourable economic conditions.
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2018-04-18 | 05:50
Law
More than half of Polish companies employ foreigners. Employees do not see them as a threat to their own jobs

More than half of Polish companies employ foreigners. Employees do not see them as a threat to their own jobs

There are too few potential employees with appropriate qualifications in Poland, which is why employers decide to hire foreigners, especially from Ukraine. 100 percent of companies asked cite this as the reason they are looking for foreign specialists. Only last year, foreigners were granted 6.5 times more work permits than in 2010. The vast majority of Poles do not see them as a threat to their own jobs.
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INVESTOR EN 2018-03-27 | 06:00

A centre for materials of the future is being established in Poland. The centre can help our country become a leader in gas-cooled reactors

Poland has a chance of becoming a leader in the development of materials of the future. Soon, the NOMATEN Centre of Excellence will be established in Świerk to develop new materials for chemicals, radiopharmaceuticals, or the nuclear industry. The Centre will carry out research into materials resistant to extreme operating conditions using computer simulations, among other tools. At the same time, these materials could make the HTR technology a Polish specialty. Additionally, nuclear power would allow Poland to cut its gas imports and create an extra supply of power and heat.
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INVESTOR EN 2018-03-24 | 06:00

Record-breaking results of Polish exports. Domestic producers are becoming increasingly competitive on foreign markets

In 2017 Polish companies exported goods with a value exceeding EUR 203 bn, and this year the results may be equally favourable. The economic situation of our major recipients in the EU is improving, and consumer and producer sentiments are on the rise. Machinery parts and food are our export hits, but, as experts point out, Polish exports are diversified and do not rely on a specific group of products, while domestic companies often find their market niches. In the years to come, even if the growth rate in exports decelerates, the share of Polish producers in the global market will still increase because of the relatively low prices.
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INVESTOR EN 2018-03-24 | 06:00

Workers from eastern countries are indispensable for the logistics sector. It is necessary to simplify the employment procedures and to increase earnings

By 2050 the shortages on the labour market will have reached around 10.6 m people aged 18-44. As the data published by Deloitte demonstrate, they can be compensated by the migration of 4.5 m employees from eastern countries. In 2017, 1.8 m declarations of the intention to commission work to foreigners were issued, 94% of which were for Ukrainians. The demand for workers from eastern countries is particularly high in the logistics sector, for which they are a guarantee of development. It is necessary to further simplify the employment procedures for foreigners from eastern countries and provide them with fair employment conditions. Without this, foreigners will choose Western European countries,” claimed Grzegorz Szenejko of Optimum GO.
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Events

Energy

PGNiG plans to use drones to search for oil and gas and to monitor gas pipes. The company can save millions

Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo is investigating the possibilities of using unmanned aircraft systems to, i.a., detect gas leaks and monitor gas pipes. The systems are already used for geodetic measurements. The objective of using drones is not only to streamline the company’s operations but also to save millions. Currently PGNiG is cooperating with a start-up on using a new type of UAS for the company's purposes.

Industry

Record-breaking results of Polish exports. Domestic producers are becoming increasingly competitive on foreign markets

In 2017 Polish companies exported goods with a value exceeding EUR 203 bn, and this year the results may be equally favourable. The economic situation of our major recipients in the EU is improving, and consumer and producer sentiments are on the rise. Machinery parts and food are our export hits, but, as experts point out, Polish exports are diversified and do not rely on a specific group of products, while domestic companies often find their market niches. In the years to come, even if the growth rate in exports decelerates, the share of Polish producers in the global market will still increase because of the relatively low prices.

IT and Technologies

President of Orange Polska: 5G is going to revolutionise mobile market. Field tests of this technology to be launched by Orange next year

Data transmission using 5G technology is to be ten times faster than in 4G, and in the future the technology is expected to power efficient communication between tens of billions of devices. First tests of this next-gen mobile network will be carried out by Orange Polska as early as in 2019. This is also when the first 4G and 5G smartphones will land in shops. Technology roll-out has been planned for 2020–2021. The development of 5G networks will be based on such milestones as securing appropriate wavebands and building new infrastructure.