Anjas 13 Nov 2006 / #1Poles are not afraid to work abroad. During the last two years after our accession to European Union around 400 thousand Poles went to work in EU countries. The greatest number went to Great Britain and Ireland as well as Germany. Poles are quite successful; not only do they work on building sites, in hotels and restaurants, but more and more often they occupy positions in administration and marketing, sometimes also supervisory. Since the 1st of May 2006 Poles may undertake legal work also in Greece, Finland, Spain and Portugal, some countries open up new sectors of economy or enlarge levies. There are however countries which do not welcome Polish workers.There are already over 200 thousand Poles working legally in Great Britain which is a total of 59 % of all emigrants from the new member states of the European Union with Lithuanians being the second (45 thousand) and Slovaks (36 thousand).Young and single people are among those who mainly choose to seek their future job abroad; over 80 % of them are less than 34 years of age. Only one in fourteen is over 45 years of age, says the report of the British Ministry of Internal Affairs. Poles still leave our country without their families – 94 %. Only 3 % emigrate with children, but the changes are slowly beginning to appear. Home Office report shows that the number of the arrivals of Poles into Britain become more and more intensified. In the second half of 2004 51 thousand Poles went to work legally in Britain whereas in the second half of 2005 the number reached as many as 72 thousand. The most people leave Poland in summer months, June and July, the least in December, being traditionally a family time in Poland due to Christmas which is in our country always celebrated as a family gathering. As many as 97 % of Poles work full time in Great Britain, they are very eager to take up shifts in weekends. On Saturdays they can earn as much as 180% of daily wages, and on Sunday even 200%, so that kind of work is very profitable for them.Just after the accession of Poland into European Union, Poles took up simple and unqualified jobs, at present the number of Poles working on more demanding positions is growing rapidly; there are 63 thousand Poles working on administrative and secretarial positions. Plenty of Poles work in a production sector; every third Pole works in a big factory, mainly at an assembly line or as a packer, but more and more often Poles supervise the job of others. Many Poles work in restaurants and pubs and this market is literally dominated by our nation with 45 thousand Poles who have found their jobs there. We work as bartenders and waiters, but also 2 thousand Polish chefs emigrated to the UK to work, 20 thousand work in agriculture (with the number receding) , 10 thousand in food – processing and in health system.The majority of legally working Polish emigrants earns from 4.5 to 6 pounds per hour. Just after Polish accession to the European Union the wages were smaller, but later Poles turned out to be efficient laborers and their wages jumped up. Poles start to gain better opinion abroad, being considered as loyal and effective workers; they do not tend to change jobs frequently, which is appreciated by employers. Half of Poles are employed full time, the rest have temporary jobs (they are mainly students who are not looking for any permanent positions).