Poles are known to be hardworking and efficient people. Since May of this year, Polish workers haven’t had any restrictions to work in Germany. The German market opened up to workers in several Eastern European countries.
Some areas in Germany, such as Lower Saxony, Bavaria, and Hessen are known for low wage jobs with small chances of promotion. Because Germany was late in opening their borders to outside workers, many Poles went straight to Great Britain and Ireland to search for employment. Unfortunately, the labor market in both places became competitive and rather tough, so Poles headed to Scandinavia and Switzerland.
Fortunately, Poland has increased wages by five percent and will now cover private medical bills. Because of this, almost all of the Poles who left their country to find employment in Germany have now gone back to their home country. Poland’s largest temporary employment agency, Work Express, is no longer sending Polish workers to Germany. Arthur Ragan from Work Express states, “No one risks stable employment in Poland for temporary work in Germany.”
Motivation to leave Poland is no longer existent. Polish companies are increasing the number of people they’re planning to hire. The only workers that continue to leave Poland are those who are uneducated and self-employed in the construction or cleaning businesses. Typically, they go from making two Euros an hour in Poland to four Euros an hour in Germany.
I find it quite startling that the German job market is portrayed in such a negative manner. I understand that as a country, the people would want jobs to be “reserved” for its nationals, but I also think that it’s essential to give jobs to those who are qualified (even if they’re Polish).
Click here to read a blog about Polish workers in the Netherlands. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a blog regarding Polish workers in Germany, but this blog has a similar message as the Spiegel article.)