The following press-release by Ferenc Kölber, a partner in Baker Tilly Hungária, underscores our observation made recently in these columns that finally the profession is growing again in Central Europe. He writes:
Baker Tilly Hungária is pleased to announce recent successful collaboration with member firms. These included a number of payroll, accounting outsourcing, tax advisory and compliance services assignments.
As a result of these tenders, Baker Tilly Hungária reached a milestone of 1,000 people on outsourced payroll. A new payroll outsourcing service for a manufacturing entity of a large international client helped these figures. This client employs 300 staff in Hungary, generating approximately €28,000 in annual revenue for the firm. However, the firm is hoping to soon exceed this milestone with tenders for payroll of 140 and 1,400 staff also underway, the latter is for a client currently being served by Baker Tilly Czech Republic.
Ferenc Kolber of Baker Tilly Hungária also recently led a successful tender for the tax advisory and compliance service for Olajterv, an international oil and gas company, across 24 countries. The development of a strong offering resulted in this substantial win with Poland already transitioned with full scope accounting and payroll services together with tax advisory and work in Libya and Kazakhstan commencing.
Baker Tilly Hungária believes the success of these tenders resulted from the close working relationships and the quality of service delivered by member firms. This has created opportunities for referrals in other countries as well as the ability to participate in larger tenders for international clients.
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In the light of the Baker Tilly’s participation in the International Conference “Evaluating for 2014-2020: Evidences and Experiences”, held in Bucharest, on April 26th – 27th, we are sending you attached the presentation held by Mr. Mamas Koutsoyiannis during this event, which we are confident that you will find beneficial.
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The above link’s content should provide most people with food for thought.
Compare the minimum wage in Holland or Luxembourg, just shy of 20 thousand dollars a year, with Burundi at less than 100 dollars per year – I don’t know why they even bother with minimum wage legislation, but presumably they need it which is harrowing even to dwell on.
Can it be that an unskilled person in Holland is really worth over 200 unskilled people in Burundi? Regardless of where they are, they are both unskilled.
There’s no easy answer to this one – if you increase the minimum wage then the investment in labour intensive jobs for lowly-skilled people just goes to a more competitive country, and more people starve.
Also of course, one dollar in Burundi will buy you a lot more than a dollar in Holland (especially in terms of unskilled services, should you require them, but also in terms of food, clothing and shelter).
In and of itself it’s not the most useful index of human development, but it certainly makes you think.
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In the same spirit as the preceding post, we decided to give more publicity to this seminar too, this time by Explanator from Poznan, a course in Polish on where the legal red line in the sand is with regards to the control of employees.
More and more Companies are tightening their governance procedures by monitoring the phone calls or emails of employees, chipping them with RFiD chips, putting satellite trackers on their cars, following their activities with close circuit television, sending private detectives round their houses when they are on sick leave to check that they are not malingering, imposing junta-style curfews on company flats, and copyrighting and secretly cloning their DNA. I even heard of one firm which had a person sitting next to the ladies’ toilets taking note of times in and times out of the breaks taken their by different people.
Other firms have begun replacing their employees with robots in order to increase control over them. Sometimes drivers will be faced with a robot taking credit cards and dispensing petrol at petrol stations which previously had real people working on the forecourt, and the robot is unable to say where they have gone and what happened to them.
There seems to be no end to the ways in which companies can use the startling array of new technologies available today in the struggle against international employee idleness.
But which of these activities are justifiable governance activities permitted in law, and which can be seen as an abuse of human rights? The answer, as far as Poland is concerned (we don’t have total harmonisation in the area in the EU – the harmonisation is general because of the Human Rights laws in the Constitution, but their enactment and application in National laws in member states still varies greatly).
TGC is able to help with these questions, when it comes to a practical example. You can contact TGC via us on email@example.com . A real person will contact you back and not a robot. Guaranteed.
Otherwise, this training by Explanator may help, too. Again, I haven’t tried them before, but I’m giving the plug in case it’s of interest to those of you with workforces in Poland, whether you speak Polish yourselves or have a Polish speaking HR director.
You don’t want to get this one wrong, by the way. Too little observation and you could appear too soft to some workforces, and some will take advantage. Too much, and you could find yourself in front of an unsympathetic judge. Or robocop.
Find out what you need to do before you embark on monitoring and controlling your people.
Chroniąc majątek firmy przed nieuczciwością pracowników przedsiębiorcy stosują różnorodne metody kontroli i monitoringu. Ale czy na pewno są one dopuszczalne? Czy kontrolując, nie przekraczamy granic prawa?.
Granice prawne kontroli pracowników
Skuteczne i zgodne z prawem metody kontrolowania pracowników i procedury w przypadku stwierdzenia nadużyć
Czas i miejsce szkolenia: WARSZAWA, 8 czerwca 2011 (środa)
Szczególnie polecamy następujące zagadnienia omawiane w trakcie szkolenia:
- procedury związane z wykrywaniem nadużyć pracowniczych
- poszanowanie dóbr osobistych i ochrona danych osobowych
- przeszukanie, monitoring GPS, kontrola korespondencji w praktyce firm… >>> więcej
Termin przyjmowania zgłoszeń upływa 2 czerwca, a liczba miejsc jest ograniczona.
EXPLANATOR, Podchorążych 33, 60-143 Poznań
Tel. (61) 855 01 12, Fax. (61) 855 00 78
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I think I’ll let the map speak for itself. It was the main story in the weekend edition of Rzeczpospolita newspaper.
Some of you may be thinking “Why help them, their economy is the third largest in the world and per head they are richer than most people”? But try to push away those thoughts. Japan has helped generously many other nations in trouble, now it’s time to give back to them at a moment of great need. Japan also helped give a leg up in Eastern Europe, let East Europe not be slow in showing the same spirit back again.
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Chamberwatch: Poland 2011-2012 the short- and medium term perspectives and opportunities, 17 March, Warsaw
The following arrived from the British Polish Chamber of Commerce and should be very much of interest to our readers:
Grand Business Breakfast Warsaw
British Polish Chamber of Commerce
invites you to
a Grand Business Breakfast:
“Poland 2011 – 2012 the short- and medium term perspectives and opportunities”
8:00 – 10:30
Polonia Palace Hotel, Toronto room,
Al. Jerozolimskie 45, Warsaw
A panel discussion to answer nurturing questions concerning medium term perspectives and opportunities for Poland. The experts will discuss the impact of this autumn’s general elections and the chances for the government to engage in long-awaited reforms of public sector finance; Poland’s EU presidency; forecasts for GDP growth, inflation and foreign direct investment, future infrastructure plans and the effects on Poland’s economy of co-hosting the football championships in 2012.
Our special guests:
• Prof Witold Orłowski, Chief Economic Adviser, PwC
• Sławomir Majman, President, Polish Information and Foreign
Investment Agency (PAIiIZ)
• Lech Witecki, General Director, Polish Highways and Motorways
• Jerzy Kurella, Deputy President, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego
• Marek Matraszek, Founding Partner, CEC Government Relations
• Marcin Herra, President of the Board, PL.2012
The breakfast will be held in English.
Cost of participation:
BPCC members: 175 PLN + 23% VAT
BPCC non-members: 235 PLN + 23% VAT
To register online please click here
BPCC Executive Team
British Polish Chamber of Commerce, tel: +48 22 320 01 00, tel: +44 (0) 203 239 8730, fax: +48 22 320 01 42
e-mail: bpcc, www.bpcc.org.pl
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