Increasingly more foreigners are coming to work in Poland. Consequently, the market of services enabling them to settle quickly and comfortably in Poland without complex formalities is also increasing. This demand has been noticed by Arval, the company that offers both long-term and medium-term services. Its fleet assigned for rental for between 1 and 24 months has increased by a factor of a dozen or so. Growth this year is expected by as much as 75%.
The rivalry for talents in the construction, medical and IT sectors is taking place on an international scale, while the market has been an employee’s market for a long time. The lawmakers are also noticing this demand, so they are gradually liberalising the regulations on the employment of foreigners in the most desirable occupations. More and more foreigners is coming to Poland for work. According to Office For Foreigners, the number of permits from last years increased from 325 thousand to 383 thousand in April this year.
Which economy obtains the best professionals will be determined, among other things, by the additional conveniences that it can offer to them. Therefore “medium-term rental” slogan is more and more frequently repeated in various branches. The MTR combines high quality services with elastic duration time and formalities limited to minimum.
Rental for several months – what does the Polish market offer?
On Polish market there are companies specialised in supporting foreigners who start their activity in Poland. They offer wide range of service from legalising their stay, HR and salary issues, through logistics and accommodation to ongoing translations. They are willingly taking advantage of the increasingly available medium-term options.
The automotive sector is opening a range of such services through medium-term car rental. The short duration of the service does not affect it’s attractiveness. For instance, cars can currently be rented from Arval in four categories (B, C, D and E) from 26 PLN net per day. The formalities are reduced to a minimum, while the time for delivering the vehicle is no more than 48 hours.
“The biggest advantage of medium-term leasing is the flexible duration of the service. It is an ideal solution when employing a worker for a contract lasting several months, employment on a probationary period or when waiting for the delivery of a vehicle under a long-term lease. The user can start work quickly without concentrating on the technical or administrative matters related to the car.” says Robert Błachnio, Senior fleet and administration specialist at Pierre Fabre company, which is renting more than a dozen of cars from Arval.
The advantage of medium-term rental is the range of care over the vehicle. For instance, vehicles rented from Arval Service Lease Polska have an Assistance package which also covers care for the driver and passengers during emergencies and breakdowns. If any roadside events take place, including locking the keys in the car or refuelling with the wrong fuel, the car user can obtain help by calling the specified telephone number, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“Medium-term rental has become popular because of the flexibility of renting and returning a car. In this case, the amount of support does not differ from that which we offer to our long-term customers and is even more attractive because it includes Assistance throughout Europe as standard. Our cars, which are intended to support medium-term rental are rented at an average level of 92%, whereas the demand for this service is increasing”, says Maciej Przyborowski, head of the MTR Department at Arval.
According to Arval’s estimations, medium-term car rental is currently most popular in such countries as France, Italy and Spain, where Arval’s fleet addressed to this area is the largest. Arval is planning to increase its fleet in Poland in this segment by 75%: from 530 cars by the end of 2018 to 950 by the end of 2019.
Founded in 1989 and fully owned by BNP Paribas, Arval specialises in full service vehicle leasing. Arval offers its customers – large international corporates, SMEs and professionals – tailored solutions that optimise their employees’ mobility and outsource the risks associated with fleet management. More recently, Arval expanded its customer segments to individuals. Expert advice and service quality, which are the foundations of Arval’s customer promise, are delivered in 29 countries by around 7,000 employees. Arval’s total leased fleet adds up to 1,193,910 vehicles throughout the world (December 2018).
Arval is a founding member of the Element-Arval Global Alliance, the longest standing strategic alliance in the fleet management industry and the worldwide leader with 3 million vehicles in 50 countries. Within BNP Paribas, Arval belongs to the Retail Banking core activity.
About BNP Paribas:
BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 73 countries, with more than 196,000 employees, including more than 149,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors.
The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporate and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance. In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the European leader in consumer lending.
BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.