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Poland Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Poland




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GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Poland is the sixth-largest economy in the European Union. It boasts the highest number of non-EU immigrants in the group and is growing at a very fast rate. Poland has a diverse economy consisting of services, industry, and agriculture. With its mixed market economy, they are poised to grow an average of 6% yearly.

Major economic hubs:

Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz

Skills in demand:

Construction and Trade Professionals, Information and Communications Technology Professionals, Engineering Professionals, Human Resource Professionals, Intellectual Professionals (Economists, Lawyers, Accountants, etc.)

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Poland are as follows:

Poland Uni2

Uniwersytet Warszawski


Local: 1

World : 315

Poland Uni1

Uniwersytet Jagiellonski


Local: 2

World : 387

Poland Uni3

Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza


Local: 3

World : 556

Poland Uni5

Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu


Local: 4

World : 620

Poland Uni4

Politechnika Warszawska


Local: 5

World : 647

Salary Data

Some common jobs in Poland with average monthly salaries:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (PLN) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Chief Information Security Officer 10,800 2,692
Branch Banking Manager 13,600 3,390
IT Project Manager 11,700 2,917
Development Manager 9,630 2,401
IT Security Officer 8,670 2,161
Web Security Manager 10,900 2,717
Project Manager 8,650 2,156
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Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Pracuj, Praca, Goldenline

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Employing in Poland

Hiring employees in Poland is easy when you are equipped to know its employment laws, benefits, payroll, and tax systems. Employ and onboard talents from Poland successfully with the information below.

Employee Contract

According to the Employment Law, under Article 29 of the Polish Labor Code, employment contracts must be in writing and must provide a written statement related to the settlements in the parties of the contract. The contract depends on the kind and the duration of the work but must adhere to the Polish Labor Code.

The written contracts must be in Polish but bilingual contracts are permitted however, Polish must be prevailing.

Probation Period

The probationary period for employees is up to three months.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day National holiday
6 Jan Epiphany National holiday
31 Mar Easter Sunday National holiday
1 Apr Easter Monday National holiday
1 May Labor Day / May Day National holiday
3 May Constitution Day National holiday
19 May Whit Sunday National holiday
30 May Corpus Christi National holiday
15 Aug Assumption of Mary National holiday
1 Nov All Saints’ Day National holiday
11 Nov Independence Day National holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day National holiday
26 Dec Second Day of Christmas National holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 20 days Yes
Sick Leave 33 days Yes
Maternity Leave 20 weeks Yes


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Payroll Cycle

Wages in Poland are paid monthly.

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Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Poland is PLN 3,600 per month.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

Overtime hours should not exceed 8 hours a week or 150 hours a year. An extra 50% rate on top of the normal hourly wage is compensated after the 8 hours of work.


13th Month Pay

The 13th-month salary is not mandatory in Poland.

Employee Benefits

  • Member Pension (retirement)
  • Permanent Disability Benefit
  • Surviving Spouse Benefit
  • Surviving Children Benefit
  • Orphan Benefit
  • Dependent Parent Benefit
  • Health cash Benefits
  • Social Assistance Benefits
  • Occupational Medicine Preventive Examinations


Employer payroll tax

The contribution taxes are dependent on which contributions the employee is available to provide.

Category Rate Salary Cap
Pension and Disability Insurance 16.26% PLN 177,660 (2022)
Accident Insurance 0.67%-3.33
Labour Fund 2.45%
Employee Guaranteed Benefits Fund 0.10%

Employee Payroll Tax

Category Rate Salary Cap
Pension and Disability Insurance 11.26% PLN 177,660
Sickness Insurance 2.45%
Health Insurance 9%

Employee Income Tax

Income tax is levied at a progressive rate on all annual income as follows:

Taxable income (PLN) Tax rate (PLN)
Over Not over
0 120,000 12% of the base less the amount decreasing tax (PLN 3,600)*
120,000  – 10,800 + 32% excess over 120,000 PLN


The VAT rate of Poland is 23%.

Offboarding & Termination

The termination of the contract between employer and employee must meet the conditions set forth by the Labour Code. Employees are entitled to receive their normal salary and follow the notice period for termination below.

The notice period for probationary employees is up to 7 days. For regular employees, their probationary period is up to 2 weeks.

Severance pay is given as follows:

  • 1 months’ pay for less than 2 years of employment
  • 2 months’ pay for employment between 2 to 8 years
  • 3 months’ pay for employment over 8 years

Visa and Immigration

Getting a Visa for Poland follows the guidelines of the European Union under the Schengen Area. There is a different Visa needed called Poland Schengen Visa to be able to work, study, or reside in Poland permanently.

An invitation letter from the company should endorse your visa application and a certificate from the employer allowing your business travel is required for the Business Visa. A Memorandum and Article of Association, Trade License, or Proprietorship/Partnership documents are also required.

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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

Overtime hours should not exceed 8 hours a week or 150 hours a year. An extra 50% rate on top of the normal hourly wage is compensated after the 8 hours of work.

During Holidays and Sundays, employees are compensated 100% on top of their hourly rate.

Between the hours of 21:00 to 6:00, employees are compensated 20% on top of their hourly rate.

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