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Job creation and labour market flexibility: miracle or mirage on the Polish labour market?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2011
<mark>Journal</mark>Industrial Relations Journal
Issue number4
Number of pages19
Pages (from-to)339-357
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Poland's post‐communist economic performance has been generally good. However, for many years, its growth was jobless; it exhibited very high unemployment rates and made little progress towards the targets set for EU Member States and accession countries. Unexpectedly, in 2003, the country's labour market began to exhibit a new dynamism, with employment growing strongly and unemployment tumbling. This apparent improvement coincided with a liberalisation of its Labour Code. Unfortunately, the measures introduced to increase flexibility are at variance with the EU's Fixed‐term Work Directive and will likely need to be modified, which may conceivably reverse the recent developments that form the focus of this article.