POLISH INFOMATION AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT AGENCY
NEWSLETTER
 March 12th, 2015,
 Issue 424

NEWS

10 years of outsourcing sector in Poland
“Outsourcing is the most equitable sector in terms of location in Poland. One development centre in Radom is even more important that 4 in Krakow”, argued PAIiIZ president PAIiIZ Sławomir Majman opening the press conference presenting “10 years of outsourcing sector in Poland” report prepared by PAIiIZ and Hays Poland.

The report surveys business services centres in 23 Polish cities. Most of them are located in Warsaw (133), Górny Śląsk (83) and in Kraków (78). Majority of centres are created by companies with Polish capital (214), other have been basing on capital from America (155), Britain (49), Germany (44) and France (42). The survey shows that the biggest Polish cities such as Warsaw, Wrocław, Kraków and Katowice are mostly chosen by foreign capital active in outsourcing sector. The strategy of French investors is different. They are very flexible when choosing location. On the other hand, Polish investors often choose smaller cities like Kielce, Elbląg or Białystok.


Press meeting presenting the report

Shared service centres, with the employ reaching about 57,500 people (39% of total employment in the sector) is the leader of employment in outsourcing in Poland. The big four also consist of: BPO, where employment has been estimated at the level of 42,600 (28%), IT centres (34,700 and 22% of share in the sector) and R&D (15,300 employers and 11% of share in the sector).”Business services sector primarily assesses competencies. This is the factor that makes salaries higher”, said Jadwiga Naduk, Head of Market Research and Consultancy for Hays Poland. The average employment in BSS is 228 people, in IT centres is 145 people, while in BPO centres it reaches even 328.

Despite the fact that BBS is one of the youngest sector in Poland, specialists working there provide their value on the world stage. The quality of their work catches attention of new investors. Currently, Poland has the third place in the world in terms of employment in business services centres”, added Michael Młynarczyk Hays Poland/CEE MD.

More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20150310/10_years_of_5_outsourcing_sector_in_poland. (PAIiIZ)

Go Global! Go Turkey!
Polish companies enter foreign markets with growing confidence. Due to current geopolitical situation, many of them have to consider the reorientation of export destinations. With society that is getting wealthier and the rapidly growing economy, Turkey becomes an alternative market with a high potential. Turkey as business destination was discussed during Go Global! Go Turkey! debate arranged by Rzeczpospolita daily and attended by PAIiIZ deputy president Monika Piątkowska. The event was held on 10 March at the InterContinental Hotel in Warsaw.

Turkey may become a very promising place for investments and import of goods and services from Poland. Turkish economy is growing at a rate that is hard to reach by the European Union countries. The country radically reduced the size of the budget gap and public debt, while rating agencies increase the reliability of state bonds.

“Turkey is large, and above all, nearshore market, just two hours flight from Poland” stressed deputy minister of Foreign Affairs Katarzyna Kacperczyk. “Turkey is close not only geographically, but also in a cultural dimension”, added deputy president Piątkowska. “Strong ties bind our countries from already 600 years. These six centuries of common diplomatic relations is of great importance in business”, said Mrs Piątkowska.


Participants of Go Global! Go Turkey debate

The demographic structure of Turkey is unique in Europe - one fourth of citizens are under fifteen years old, and the half is under thirty. “The investment assets in Turkey include the young and qualified staff, a large internal market, the implementation of major energy projects and a wide range of investment incentives”, said the counselor of the Embassy of Turkey in Warsaw, Mr Koray Akgüloğlu.

More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20150310/go_global_go_turkey. (PAIiIZ)

The compass for employees - Employers’ plans report
Randstad presented the 25th quarterly report entitled “Employers’ plans”. This is a useful compass for employees. This time the plans of employment are the most optimistic since 6 years”, commented PAIiIZ president Sławomir Majman during the conference held on 9 March.

The first part of 2015 is expected to be very optimistic regarding the employment market. The percentage of employers willing to create new jobs (30%) is the highest since six years - in went up by 4% q/q. Also the number of companies planning to increase salaries in growing. Moreover, despite the lack of enthusiasm among entrepreneurs regarding the economic condition of Poland, there is a rising trend in defining the situation of their companies as good or very good. The majority of all of them (64%) is seem to be satisfied while only 5% of companies define their situation as bad or very bad.


Speakers during "Plans of Employers" conference (source: Randstad)

Among companies willing to increase the employment, the majority comes from the western Poland (37%). When speaking of sectors; trade, production and construction are the areas where possibility of finding job is the highest. The fastest rate in new jobs creation is expected in companies employing over 250 people. “Among 169 investment project currently supported by PAIiIZ, 117 comes from industrial sector and 52 from services. We also see the growing importance of R&D centres in Poland”, commented Mr Majman.

More information: www.paiz.gov.pl/20150311/the_compass_for_employees-employers_plans_report. (PAIiIZ/Randstad)

EXPO 2015 - join two contests
The Office of Secretary General of the Polish National Stand at EXPO 2015 in Milan invites all to join contests for running the store at Polish Pavilion during EXPO 2015 and Polish on-line shop as well as to create the mobile apps.

The winner of the contests on store operator will be responsible for the complex organization and operating the store at Polish Pavilion that will offer high quality Polish food products for all visitors of the Pavilion. The store operator will be also responsible for designing, creating and operating the on-line shop with Polish products in three languages: Polish, English and Italian. Also providing logistic services for the e-shop is needed. The offers should be submitted by 11 March by 10:00.

The second contest is dedicated to mobile apps creators. One should design the application and its interface. The offer should be submitted by 17 March by 15:00.

Learn more about Polish presence at EXPO 2015 in Milan. Visit http://expo.gov.pl. (PARP)

INVESTMENTS IN POLAND

Seventh project completed
Atos’s ICT business centre in Bydgoszcz is the seventh investment project completed in the first quartet of 2015 by PAIiIZ. Due to that, even 2,600 new jobs can be created.

Companies which decided this year the will to invest in Poland operate in BPO, R&D, ICT sectors as well in automotive, aviation and electronic and home appliance industries. The total value of their investments reaches €139 m. Among 169 projects currently run by PAIiIZ, the automotive sector is number one (34 projects, €698 m, 6,690 new jobs planned) and it is followed by BPO (32 projects, €30 m, 9,560 new jobs planned). The Agency also supports 19 R&D projects,12 from aviation industry and 11 from the food sector.

The US is still on the top of PAIiIZ portfolio (the total value of 50 American potential investments is €989 m; 6,934 new jobs). Next is Germany (28 projects), France and Italy (10 projects each) as well as Japan (9 projects). The Agency serves also internal investors - currently 9 Polish companies invests with the Agency support. (PAIiIZ)

Tarnobrzeg SEZ gets bigger
This week the Ministry of Economy, the Council of Ministers adopted the amendment to the Regulation on Tarnobrzeska SEZ. New area joint to the zone covers 1.4 hectares.

Under the amendment Ożarów municipality will be joint to the zone to support the ongoing investment project provide by ZFP Inwestycje that belong to thee Polpharma company. The investor has already started building new warehouse and plant that will produce pharmaceutics. The total spending on investment has been estimated at the level on PLN 266m. 35 new jobs will be created there. (Ministry of Economy)

MACROECONOMIC POLAND

  • Exchange rates (as of 12.03.2015):

Buy

Sell

USD

3.8717

3.9499

EUR

4.0951

4.1779

Source: www.nbp.pl

EVENTS

Business mission to Vietnam-Indonesia-Malaysia
PAIiIZ invites companies from food, machinery, mining, shipbuilding and cosmetics sectors to join the business mission to Vietnam-Indonesia-Malaysia. The mission headed by Polish deputy minister of Economy Ilona Antoniszyn-Klik will be arranged between 12-22 April 2015.

One can either join the whole mission or chose only one or two parts of the programme - for instance go to Vietnam (12-15.04) or Indonesia (15-18.04) or Malaysia (20-22.04).

Participation in the programme of the mission is free of charge.

Each participant is obliged to cover costs of transportation and accommodation in hotels, cost of visas if they are required as well as to cover all additional costs of participation in the events not included in the programme of the mission.

Registration is available on line by www.paiz.gov.pl/20150312/misja_do_wietnamu_indonezji_malezji. (Polish version only) until 19 March by 16:00.

Read more: www.paiz.gov.pl/en. (PAIiIZ)

Flanders - logistics hub of the world
Embassy of Belgium with Flanders Investment&Trade has the pleasure to invite to a conference "Flanders - logistics hub of the world", which will be held on 18 March in Gdańsk. PAIiIZ took the patronage over the event.

During this event, the authorities of Flanders, the northern part of Belgium, will present attractive investment conditions and significant opportunities that may be available to Polish investors, planning to enter the markets of Western Europe. Export is a key element of the Belgian economy: more than half of the population is employed in companies whose business is based on exports.

Registration is required by March 15, 2015, by e-mail a completed application form to warsaw@fitagency.com.

Read more: http://eurologistics.pl/konferencje-euro/flanders-logistics-hub-of-the-world. (Embassy of Belgium)

Logistics, Investments and the Future
On 19 March, Gliwice will host the 4th conference entitled “Logistyka Inwestycje Przyszłość” (Logistics, Investments and the Future). PAIiIZ took the patronage over the event.

The discussion panel will focus on trends in global supply chain and the world’s logistic map - how it looks today and how it will be changed in the future under the current economic and political situation and other factors.

For more information visit: www.prospectsinpoland.com. (Prospects in Poland)

European Economic Congress - Katowice
Between 20 and 22 April, for the seventh time Katowice will host one of the most important business event - The European Economic Congress (EEC). During EEC, PAIiIZ co-organises the following session: “The 4th Europe - China Economic Forum (21.04), “Globalisation of the Polish foreign policy - Polish initiatives outside Europe” (21.04) and “Economic meetings. Poland - South Korea: Strategic Partnership” (22.04).

The leading subjects and highlights of the seventh EEC include: discussion on the programme of 300 billion euros for a new Europe - a large investment programme by the European Union and debates devoted to the role of the state in the economy. Participants will also discuss the innovative Europe, challenges to the global economy, new markets and new trends. Many opportunities to exchange views and experiences on industry and climate as well as CSR is waiting to all who join the forum.

Discussion will be divided in few Panels as: 3rd Africa - Central Europe Economic Cooperation Forum, 4th Europe - China Economic Forum, Poland-Japan economic meetings as well as the Annual Poland-Czech Republic Economic Meeting.

More information on the European Economic Congress - www.eecpoland.eu. (PTWP)

ANALYSES AND REPORTS

Polish hotels and SPA
Exclusive hotels and SPA are one of the fastest growing area of luxury goods market in Poland. According to the latest report prepared by KPMG on the luxury goods market in Poland („Rynek dóbr luksusowych Polsce. Edycja 2014”) between 2014 - 2017 the value of this segment will increase by over a quarter exceeding to PLN 1.6 bn.

In 2014, the total value of luxury good market reached PLN 1.3 bn an increased by 8% y/y. This is due to the increase of wealth of Polish society. Experts estimate that in 2016 the number of people with monthly wages exceeding PLN 7,100 gross for the first time will reach over 1 million.


© William Casey - Fotolia.com

According to the research, one quarter respondents declared that they often uses five- and four-star hotels. Among the richest group including people with a gross monthly income of more than PLN 20,000, 42% of respondents regularly visit exclusive hotels. SPA is regularly used by 17% of respondents, while 53% said that this form of rest and relaxation uses occasionally. Most five-star rooms can be found in Mazowieckie, Małopolskie and Pomorskie the voivodeships. (KPMG)

FROM THE REGIONS

Hydro Naval patronage classes
HYDRO-NAVAL in cooperation with Zespów Szkół Ogólnokształcących i Technicznych w in Ustka will provide the special programme of patronage classes.

In Hydro Naval patronage classes that will be created next year students will be prepared to work as technicians. The patronage classes will focus on preparation of students to work for exact employer’s needs as they will be offered the guaranty of employment after graduation. Moreover, students will be offered apprenticeships and scholarships as well as the access to the modern machinery par and technologies useful in the future job.


Hydro-Naval

Current school year is dedicated to the development of vocational training. (SSEZ)

DID YOU KNOW...?

Polish map of the Tatras - world’s best
A 3D map of the Tatra Mountains created by scientists from Kraków universities was named the best map published in 2014 by the Journal of Maps.

The Polish map had 70 competitors from the whole world that were published in the Journal of Maps magazine - the only scientific periodical which prints electronic versions of maps presenting results for various scientific research. A map created by PhD Jerzy Zasadny from the AGH University of Science and Technology and PhD Piotr Kłapyta from the Jagiellonian University presents the Tatra Mountains, Poland’s highest mountains, during the latest glaciations period, about 20,000 years ago.

The map shows not so distant past - in geological terms - of the Tatras, which during glaciation looked completely different than today. Then, the mountains were covered with 50 glaciers which have imprinted their features on moraines and forms of glacial erosion. That is why today we can observe and study the footprints of their activity and on this basis we can recreate the way the now extinct glaciers were arranged. (www.polska.pl/en)


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