The Warsaw branch of EURES Poland was recently asked to partner with Lionbridge, a provider of translation, development and testing solutions, to help them recruit employees from abroad. The collaboration is a first for both EURES and the company, with the partnership set to continue for several years ahead.
Lionbridge Poland required assistance with recruitment until 2015 and asked EURES for help in garnering recruits for a new batch of job vacancies. EURES Poland did not have extensive experience offering advice and assistance to employers wishing to recruit in Poland; its primary area of activity was in helping Polish nationals find work abroad. “The perspective of giving this kind of service was very exciting and challenging,” says EURES Adviser, Katarzyna Kawka-Kopeć.
EURES rose to the challenge. In order to talk through the details of the new cooperation, several EURES Advisers visited the employer’s Polish offices. During the meeting, EURES Advisers discussed how the EURES network worked with regards to international recruitment and illustrated the benefits to the employer of participating in international Job Days and events. Furthermore, EURES explained that as part of their duties they give presentations on living and working conditions for foreigners already working in Poland.
A successful partnership
A few days after the meeting, EURES received the first job vacancies from Lionbridge, comprising the roles of project manager, content reviewer, games tester, and linguistic games tester. EURES Advisers were also invited to give a lecture about living and working conditions in Poland to the company’s foreign employees who were already working in Warsaw. The presentation was prepared according to the topics raised by the non-Polish workers and lasted around an hour and a half. “The participants were very active and they were not afraid to ask lots of additional questions concerning, for example, topics related to taxes, social security, health insurance and living in Warsaw,” said Katarzyna.
Impressed by this service, the employer has already announced that they would like more meetings of this type. Keen to develop the relationship further, EURES have thus been actively promoting the current vacancies at Lionbridge during job fairs and throughout the EURES network.
“EURES was pleased with this cooperation and hopes to start helping other Polish employers; in fact some of them have already told EURES about their vacancies,” concludes Katarzyna.