Jobs for Youth/Des emplois pour les jeunes: Poland 2009

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First experiences on the labour market have a profound influence on later working life. This report on Poland contains a survey of the main barriers to employment for young people, an assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of existing measures to improve the transition from school-to-work, and a set of policy recommendations for further action by the public authorities and social partners.



The Challenge Ahead

Until very recently Poland was still reaping the benefits of a robust economic growth, at an annual rate exceeding 4% since 2003. The overall situation on the labour market has thus improved dramatically compared with the early 2000s. In aggregate terms, it also looks much better than in the 1990s, when the economy went through a radical transformation of its structure and regime (mainly through dismantling/privatisation of large state-owned industrial conglomerates and introduction of price mechanisms) that was accompanied by a severe contraction of GDP as well as a sharp drop of the overall number of people in employment.


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