Today was oficially announced an opening of the first audit Shared Service Center in Poland. The Center, created by PricewaterhouseCoopers, was presented during a conference in the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIiIZ) seat in Warsaw. The conference was attended by authorities of PwC, PAIiIZ and Katowice mayor Piotr Uszok. The SSC, which operates in Katowice since 1st of December 2009, supports PwC’s audit services among Central and Eastern Europe countries.
Jones Lang LaSalle, a global property consultants company, has published a report concerning service centers and the best location for this type of business. As the report says, Polish market of services is the most dynamic among European countries. Number of companies interested in opening an outsourcing or shared service center is growing rapidly. This business sector is currently estimated for more than 300 centers, number of employees will reach 70 000 in the next few years.
Central and Eastern Europe, with its dynamic growth as well as economic and political stability, has been attracting a growing number of investors who consider it as an excellent location for their sourcing units servicing primarily the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. Poland is by far the largest country in the region and also has the largest pool of highly-qualified human capital. Katowice as the major and centrally located in the Silesian Agglomeration – the biggest cities association in Poland