The continuing economic upturn in Poland has translated into an increasingly better situation on the local labor market. This trend is reflected in Pomerania’s 3. highest positive migration balance in Poland. Pomorskie is becoming a highly attractive place to study and work for both domestic and international students and specialists.
A coherent regional strategy for attracting and retaining talents is one of the most important tasks the regional authorities are working on together with Invest in Pomerania and other stakeholders. Thanks to a steady stream of new investments, the region’s attractiveness is increasing also in the eyes of prospective employees.
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Positive migration balance
Pomerania ranks 3. in the country – after Mazowieckie and Małopolskie Voivodships – in terms of positive internal and foreign migration balance.
About half of the workforce is concentrated in the Tricity agglomeration, which favors specialisation and concentration of qualified personnel. At the same time, Tricity is home to leading academic centers of northern Poland that provide well-educated graduates in many specialisation to the local labor market.
Investors have therefore good access to both well-educated graduates and experienced specialists. They can also count on the support of global HR companies that have their offices in Tricity. These include Manpower, Randstad, Adecco, Hays or Start People.
Pomorskie is the largest academic center in Northern Poland with 24 higher education institutions that educate in total more than 81 thousand students. In 2019, 21 thousand out of them graduated from all Pomeranian universities.
|University||Number of students||Number of graduates||Number of faculties
|University of Gdansk||23 085||6452||11|
|Gdansk University of Technology||15085||4753||9|
|Gdynia Maritime University||4359||1110||4|
|Naval University of Gdynia||2432||678||4|
|Medical University of Gdańsk||5678||973||4|
|Pomeranian University in Słupsk||3122||754||5|
The most popular fields of study are related to administration, business and law (22,6%), and engineering studies related to technology, industry and construction (15,9 %). Apart from domestic students, more and more foreigners choose Pomorskie to study. Over the last eight years, their number has increased threefold: from 1,1 thousand in the academic year 2010/2011 to 3,7 thousand in 2018/2019 according to the data from the Statistical Office in Gdańsk.
Pomeranian companies show an increasing interest in employing foreigners. From January to October 2017, almost twice as many declarations were issued (so-called “intention to entrust work”) to foreign citizens than in the whole of 2016. According to the Foreigners’ Office in Gdańsk, the number of foreigners holding valid permits for a stay in Pomerania exceeded 15 000 in 2018. Year 2019 is already 21610.
The region’s authorities recognise the need to encourage and support the migration process to the region. Together with the Immigrants Support Center in Gdańsk, the authorities have launched a program aimed at creating a regional model for migrants’ integration and providing foreign employees with a uniformly high standard public services. Together with the regional universities, the Study in Pomerania initiative has also been implemented, which goal is to increase the number of foreign students in the region.