In 1978 the company had 4743 workers. However, if we add all hall-time employees of Lenin Steelworks, the number would rise to 5150 people. It was the highest employment rate in the history of Krakow HPR, dropping only a bit between 1978 and 1981. At the end of the 1980s, the crew of Krakow HPR became more and more involved in building Katowice Steelworks. In 1981 the company started to optimize the level of employment. What is more, the work was being facilitated with innovative technological solutions. All these factors resulted in a constant decline in the number of workers: there were 3800 people hired in the years 1979-1987 and 3500 in 1988 and 1989.