Growth in Foreign Talent In Poland
Poland is also being seen as an attractive destination by those seeking to establish their careers. According to the figures published in Eurostat, a government organization based in Luxembourg, Poland issued 327,605 residence permits to foreigners on the basis of employment in 2018. The total number of residence permits issued by Poland in 2018 was 635,335 implying that work permits make over 50% of all the permits issued last year! Notably, last year, the number of foreigners declared to ZUS was above 683,000, which was more than a 10-fold increase in the last decade.
Startup Poland’s latest report on Polish Tech Scene points out that the 10% of startups in Poland with a monthly revenue of over 250,000 euros have a foreign founder. The report also says that having foreign talent is an asset for startups. 75% of successful startups have foreign employees.
While the improvement looks spectacular, there are still many challenges in the tech startup sector – for not only foreign founders but also attracting foreign talent to the country remains a big issue. Interestingly, this was a topic of the panel discussion during one of the events organized by OMGKRK, Innovative Krakow Forum.