Rynek Pracy

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Dear Readers,
"Rynek Pracy” (“Labour Market”) is a magazine with a long tradition - some of you may remember its previous incarnation issued by the National Labour Office and later by the ministries dealing with labour and social policy issues. Regardless of the evolution it has undergone, “Rynek Pracy” (“Labour Market”) has always been a publication which presents the results of theoretical inquiries, empirical research and practical experience. The magazine also featured discussion and disputes about labour and social problems. We want to draw on that tradition today.
The labour market and its functioning is changing rapidly. Like looking through a lens, it focuses on the most important changes taking place both in the economy and in social life. For example, there is a shift away from a relatively stable employer-employee relationship and this is forced by flexibility, adaptability or competitiveness. Technical and technological progress, especially the so-called digitisation of production and distribution processes, is causing changes on the demand side of the labour market. New industries and professions are emerging which require employees to complete their knowledge or change their professional qualifications. Demographic change, on the other hand, is leading to a reduction and ageing of labour resources, as well as a worsening of demographic dependency ratios, with all its consequences for public and private finances. In addition, there are migratory movements of people for political or economic reasons. It's worthwhile to lean over and look at these (and many other) issues, recognize them, and maybe overtake them.
These and many other processes taking place on the modern labour market prompted the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy to decide to reactivate the magazine "Rynek Pracy” (“Labour Market”).
The quarterly magazine is addressed to employees of public employment services and other labour market institutions, national and local government administration, social partners, as well as researchers dealing with labour issues. We hope that it will meet the expectations of all those who care about competent, scientifically backed knowledge about the world of labour. With the help of reliable analyses and scientific studies we want to fight against myths that have been functioning for years in the public space and explain the changes that are taking place not only on the Polish but also on the international labour market. We immodestly assume that the articles in the magazine will help politicians and officials to make wise decisions, and will be an inspiration for researchers in their further scientific work.
We hope that it will meet the expectations of our readers, who are at the same time invited to cooperate by suggesting current and important topics, as well as sending their own texts.

Łukasz Arendt
chief editor of “Rynek Pracy” (“Labour Market”)

Doktor habilitowany (post-doctoral degree) of economic sciences, professor at the Institute of Labour and Social Studies, in the years 2016-2019 direct of the Institute of Labour and Social Studies in Warsaw, adiunkt (assistant professor) at the Department of Economic Policy of the University of Łódź. Member of the Committee on Labour and Social Policy Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences during the 2020-2023 term, member of the Polish Society for Social Policy, member of the Voivodeship Labour Market Council of the Mazovian Voivodeship.
An expert in international research projects implemented as part of the PROGRESS programme, commissioned by the Directorate General for Education and Culture, the European Parliament, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. among others, “Addressing Labour Shortages in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe”, ,,Digital Agenda and Cohesion Policy”, ,,Financing adult learning in the EU Member states”, ,,Transferable skills across economic sectors – Role and importance for employment at European level”.
Participant in national research (among others, "Polarization of the Polish labour market in the context of technological change”, "Segmentation of labour markets. Case study of Poland”, "The impact of information and communication technologies on productivity - macro- and microeconomic analysis”; "Flexible forms of employment and work organisation and their impact on economic activity of labour resources aged 45+”, "Digital exclusion in Mazovia”, "Assessment of the implementation of flexicurity in Polish labour market policy and recommendations for further actions”) and implementation projects (among others, "Polish Labour Market Forecasting System”, "Development of an integrated forecasting and information system for forecasting employment”, "Diagnosing the demand for qualifications and skills in the regional and local labour market - cooperation of labour offices with employers and other labour market partners”).
The research interests include first of all the issues of the labour market and the influence of information and telecommunication technologies on the economy, in particular: technological changes on the labour market and polarisation processes, employment forecasting, development of the information society, digital exclusion, changes in the education system induced by the labour market needs.
Current publications:
    • Arendt, Ł., Grabowski, W., Kukulak-Dolata, I., 2020, County-Level Patterns of Undeclared Work: An Empirical Analysis of a Highly Diversified Region in the European Union, Social Indicators Research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-019-02243-4.
    • Arendt, Ł., Grabowski, W., 2019, Technical Change and Wage Premium Shifts among Task-content Groups in Poland, Economic Research-Ekonomska Istraživanja, Vol. 32 (1), p. 3392–3410.
    • Arendt, Ł., Grabowski, W., 2019, The Role of Firm-level factors and Regional Innovation Capabilities for Polish SMEs, Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Innovation, Vol. 15 (3), p. 11–44.
    • Arendt, Ł., 2018, Is Polish Labour Market Heading Towards Polarisation, Olsztyn Economic Journal, Vol. 13 (3), p. 309–322.
    • Arendt, Ł., Grabowski, W., 2018, Impact of ICT Utilization on Innovations and on Labor Productivity: Micro-level Analysis for Poland, w: Dias, A., Salmelin, B., Pereira, D., Sales Dias, M. (eds.), Modeling Innovation Sustainability and Technologies. Economic and Policy Perspectives, Springer, p. 225–247.
    • Arendt, Ł., Grabowski, W., 2017, Innovations, ICT, and ICT-driven Labor Productivity in Poland – a firm level approach, Economics of Transition, Vol. 25 (4), p. 723–758.
    • Arendt, Ł., Skorupinska, A., 2016, Labour Productivity, ICT and Complementary Factors in the CEE Region, Olsztyn Economic Journal, Vol. 11 (4), p. 385–397.