Working in Poland? It’s your experience and the schools that you have completed that count
Out of all countries covered by this research it is Polish employers that have the most conservative attitude to recruitment. Hard skills are sought after in Polish job offers almost three times more often than soft skills.
Adzuna, a job offer search engine, analysed the most frequent key words in job offers posted in April 2014 in Poland and in 7 other countries (declension and linguistic differences taken into account). The most frequently used key words were grouped into two categories:
- hard skills (linked to professional experience and specific skills) and
- soft skills (character traits and interpersonal skills).
The research showed that the three most frequently sought after traits of job candidates were: professional experience, education and a good command of English. Dynamism tops the list of soft skills. This implies that Polish employers look for qualified workers with a dynamic approach to the tasks that will be entrusted to them.
An ideal Polish candidate should have relevant professional experience (mentioned in 58.11% of all offers) and education (36.06%), the ability to speak foreign languages (English – 23.73%, German 7.21%) and be computer literate (7.24%). They should also be dynamic (11.28%), communicative (10.52%), flexible (9.92%), independent (8.57%) and be able to work in a team (6.64%).
Poland is the leader in hard skill requirements – five requirements out of ten listed by employers are linked to hard skills. Great Britain comes second (4/10), then Brazil (3/10) and Russia, Germany and France (2/10). Employers from Canada and RSA rely on soft skills much more frequently – 9 out of 10 most frequently used key words refer to them.
"Using words of English origin to describe the readiness of a candidate to be better than the competition is a very interesting trend. Employers write in their job advertisements that they need a “Ninja”, “Jedi”, “rock star”, but also a “guru” or a “wizard”. Many companies depart from formal language and use such terms as “great” or “super” – says Hanna Piotrowska, a manager at Adzuna Poland.
The interesting thing is that the results of the Adzuna research differ from opinions voiced by organisations representing Polish employers. Konfederacja Lewiatan representatives stress that the lack of initiative and of team working skills as well as possessing poor communicative skills are the weakest points of Polish job candidates. “Not possessing hard skills is not a problem in many cases as employers are willing to provide training. It is candidates’ poor readiness to learn that is a bigger problem”, says Jeremi Mordasewicz of Lewiatan.
The differences in perceiving this problem may steam from the fact that Konfederacja represents mainly big employers who can afford additional training for newly recruited workers. The website Adzuna displays advertisements placed by companies operating on a smaller scale.