Poland to become top global player in service industry?
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland could be on the brink of becoming a leading global player in the service industry, according to analysts.
Last week, the number of people employed in the industry crossed the 100,000 mark, making it one of the fastest growing industries in Poland.
Poland's Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL) forecasts that the number will increase by a further 15,000 to 20,000 in 2013.
“We are providing more and more advanced services, based on expertise and highly skilled employees,” reflected chairman of ABSL Jacek Levernes in an interview with the Rzeczpospolita daily.
“Thanks to this we have a chance of becoming the world number one,” he claimed.
Owing to the credit crunch, leading global companies are increasingly trying to shift parts of their businesses overseas, taking advantage of lower labour costs.
Poland can provide favourable alternatives in such areas as accounting, IT services as well as research and development.
Nevertheless, insiders note that as far as Europe is concerned, other former communist states could soon catch up with Poland, in terms of luring international companies.
For example, wages in the service sector in Bulgaria and Romania are currently about 10-15 percent lower than in Poland. (nh)