Talents, Labour Market and Quality of Work Poland & Krakow
Poland has had 38,434 million inhabitants in 2018 (as of 31.12.2017). The Małopolska region’s population in 2017 was 3,391 million, in 2016 was 3,386 million, in 2015 – 3,373 million, in 2014 – 3,368 million people. The average population age was 40.2 in 2016.
A work week in Poland consists on average of 40 hours. The national average monthly gross wages and salary in 2018 was 4 521,08 PLN (1 053,6 €), while on a regional level the average salary in the enterprise sector was: 4 669,66 PLN (2018, 1088,19 €) (and rising from 4 047,21 PLN (2016), 3 899,78 PLN (2015), 3 783,46 PLN (2014)) and for the city of Kraków the number was 5 213,46 PLN (2018, 1 219,92 €).
The cost of labour for the employers is over 20% of gross salary per employee, including 9.76% – pension insurance, 6.50% – disability insurance, 1.80% – accident insurance, 2.45% – employee fund, 0.1% – fund for guaranteed employee benefits. For the employees the costs is over 27% including 9.76% – pension insurance, 6.50% – disability insurance, 2.45% health insurance, 9% – medical insurance.
The rate of unemployment on a regional level (Małopolska) in 2018 was 4.8% (71 thousand unemployed), while on the national – 8.2% (1,335,200 people) – the trend fortunately is decreasing, meaning that less people stay unemployed each year (9.7% in 2015, 11.5% in 2014). The estimation is that in the Małopolska Region there are about 10,870 vacancies in IT-related fields.
In Poland only the minority of people are self-employed (18% in 2016). Meanwhile an average income level in ICT industries in 2016 was 2,600 €, and in games sector – 1,733 €. The gender gap pay is situated on 7.7% on a national level. The share of ICT staff among the total number of employed people in the region was 3.2%.
Internationalisation of the labour market
In Poland less than 10% of people working in the games sector are foreigners both of European and non-European origin. The number of applications for work permits nationwide was 74,149 (65,786 granted) in 2015. The average number of granted Polish citizenships in 2015 was 3,974.
The general number of non-European foreigners living in Małopolska in 2016 was 7,600, while in Poland the numbers were 80,600 (2017), 73,100 (2016), 65,200 (2015). When it comes to European foreigners, the number for Małopolska in 2016 was 13,500 and for Poland: 221,6000 (2017), 138,700 (2016), 109,900 (2015).
Game development education and R&D
The State of the Polish Video Game Industry (2017) report identifies over 40 various university courses in video games creation in Poland (mainly located in Warsaw, Cracow, Łódź, Poznań and Silesia). These courses cover wide array of thematic areas and fields of studies, for example: video game production, modern computer graphics, computer graphics and game design or designing games and virtual spaces. The types of the courses included full-time, part-time studies as well as post-graduate studies, with some of them conducted regularly and some being launched depending on the needs. It is worth to mention that, though apparently there is a number of available educational options, the quality of particular courses can be a subject of discussion and not always corresponds with the industry’s desire of skills and knowledge.
The size of public expenditure on R&D on the regional level was 397.7 M PLN (93 M €), while on the national level it was 18,061 M PLN (4,215 M € in 2015, of which 41.8% came from the government) – the number has grown substantially, since the year before it was 6,168 M PLN (1,439 M €, 45.2% from the government). The share of private expenditure on R&D in both 2014 and 2015 was 39%. Above mentioned GameINN programme was launched as a dedicated source for financing R&D in the video games industry.
When it comes to education issues, most universities are free for full-time students (for extramural studies, depending on university and major, the price may vary between 1,000 and 5,000 €). Nationwide there are 390 tertiary education organisations (both public and private), in the region there are about 30 (2016). The number of total university students was 176,700 (2015/16, among them 7,300 students came from abroad), 183,400 (2014/15), 189,600 (2013/14). In the Małopolska region 2 universities are technological (they are also well-known for their high quality), on the national level the number is 18. When talking about specialised university courses including or focusing on game development, regionally there are 9 existing courses and 48 nationwide.