Although the Polish labor market encourages engineers to return from abroad, those who decide to do that, often have a problems in finding work with the same amount of money as before – abroad. The main problem of this topic is that, so for example IT specialists or engineers, returning from emigration to our country have problems adjusting to the Polish reality of wage and conditions at work. Unfortunately engineers after returning to Polish often take jobs below their qualifications, agree to lower wages, and may even partially or totally go, “the gray zone.” From time to time they don’t have any other choice.
A few years ago one of the most important reasons for seeking employment abroad was to participate in interesting projects, increase skills, access to the know-how. Nowadays young people mostly want to go abroad because of high salaries there. When they decided to come back to Poland, they are disappointed. Salary is not so big compare to the other european countries, but prices of flats, cars or food are very high. Everything is much more expensive compare amount of money which you can earn and than spend in Poland and for example in Germany or Netherlands.
On the other hand those young people, which decided to go abroad without any education, experience and skills, just earn money in simply way, have problem to find any work in Poland after coming back. Very important barrier to return is the lack of adequate experience. A candidate who for several years didn’t work in his industry or worked in breach with his qualifications, it is not an interesting candidate for the employer. A long break from work reduces the skill. What’s more interesting – often go to work abroad Poland is seems as an opportunity to quickly learn a foreign language. Unfortunately, however, polish immigrants generally work with other Polish people, which effectively prevents them their achieve this goal.
Rzeczpospolita, “Zawodowe bariery powrotu z emigracji”, 2011-06-28.