“I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.” Thomas Alva Edison
"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.
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.