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What are the benefits of working in Poland?

Posted on October 14, 2020
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Work in Poland

When an individual plans to move abroad to work in another country, he would obviously look at the benefits he would get as a worker. If you are thinking of an overseas job in Poland, these are the work benefits you should be aware of.

Working hours and paid time off

The working hours in Poland is 40 hours per week and 8 hours per day. Weekly overtime is not allowed to exceed 48 hours per week or 150 hours per year.

Employees are entitled are entitled to 20 days of annual leave if the employee has been employed for less than 10 years.

If the employee has been employed for 10 years or more, then he is entitled to 26 days of annual leave.

Minimum wage

The minimum wage in Poland at present is 2,600 PLN.

Taxes

17% – Annual income up to 85,528

32%- Annual income above 85,528

Leave of Absence

Employees are entitled to 20 or 26 days of paid vacation per year. Employees who have worked for less than ten years (for one or more employers) are entitled to 20 days of leave, whereas those who have worked for ten years or more are entitled to 26 days. For each month worked, employees who are hired for the first time accumulate 1/12 of their yearly leave time.

Social security benefits

While working in Poland, you must contribute to the local social security system. Sickness, disability, old age, and accident insurance are all covered by the country’s social security system. You are entitled to the same benefits as Polish citizens as a result of your contribution.

Healthcare in Poland is delivered to beneficiaries through a healthcare system funded by the public which is called the Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia. This public healthcare is free for all workers and their families.

Apart from this, private healthcare is very popular here and most of the employers offer private health insurance to overseas workers and their families.

Each employer usually has a preferred private health care provider and builds a package for their employees with them. You can choose from a variety of company-sponsored plans, ranging from the most basic to those that cover specialized health care, and you can usually insure your spouse and children as well.

Sick leave and pay

For the first 33 days of sick leave in a calendar year, you should be paid at least 80% of your average salary (14 days for those aged 50 or older). Your employer will cover this expense. Following that, the employee gets given a sickness allowance at the same rate of 80% for each day of absence, or 100% in some situations, by the social security system.

Life insurance

It’s a popular benefit that assures a life insurance plan for a set amount of time if offered by your company. Please ensure to check the time period it covers while making your selection. It may last longer than your work with the company, and you may be required to pay full contributions yourself after that.

Maternity, paternity and parental leave

Women are given 20 weeks of maternity leave which they can avail of 6 weeks prior to giving birth. Women can avail of the maternity leave regardless of the length of service with the current employer. Paternity leave can be availed for up to 2 weeks.

Apart from this, parents are entitled to 32 weeks of parental leave which can be availed by either of the parents.

Other benefits

The other benefits of working in Poland include its geographical location, its central location in Europe makes it easy to travel to other European countries without spending much time or money.

The standard of living in the country is quite high and the income for foreigners is quite reasonable to lead a comfortable life. As for communicating with the locals, it is not necessary to learn Polish because English is widely spoken in the country.

Many big international companies have set up base in Poland where they employ people from all over the world. This promotes employee diversity. The IT industry has developed well in the recent past which has increased employment opportunities.

For young professionals, the companies here provide good training opportunities and also helps them establish their career path.

Pension (PPK), social insurance, and occupational medicine are all mandatory benefits in Poland (OM). In Poland, all employers are required to participate in a pension plan as of 2019. The new rule, known as the Employee Capital Plan (PPK), was enacted by the government in order to encourage local citizens to save more. The strategy was implemented in four stages and was expected to be finished for all employees by May 2021.

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