When a person plans to emigrate to work in another country, he clearly considers the benefits he will enjoy as a worker. If you plan to work abroad in Poland, please take note of the following benefits.
Working hours and paid holidays
40 hours per week and 8 hours per day are normal working hours in Poland. Overtime is limited to 48 hours per week, or 150 hours per year.
Employees who have been employed for less than ten years are entitled to 20 days of annual leave.
Employees who have worked for the company for ten years or more are entitled to 26 days of annual leave.
Absence from work
Employees are entitled to 20 or 26 days of paid vacation per year. Workers with less than ten years’ seniority (for one or more employers) are entitled to twenty days’ leave, while workers with ten or more years’ seniority are entitled to twenty-six days’ leave. First-time employees are entitled to 1/12 of their annual vacation time for each month worked.
Social security benefits
You must contribute to the local social security system while working in Poland. The country’s social security system covers sickness, invalidity, old age and accidents. Your membership entitles you to the same benefits as Polish citizens.
Poland receive health care through the Narodowy Fundusz Zdrowia, a state-funded health system. All employees and their families are entitled to free public medical services.
Additionally, private health care is so popular in this country that most companies offer private health insurance to international employees and their families.
Each employer will generally work with selected private health care providers to develop a plan for their employees. You can choose from many company-sponsored plans, from the most basic to those that cover specialist healthcare, and you can often insure your spouse and children as well.
Paid leave and sick leave
During the first 33 sick days of the year (14 days for those aged 50 and over), you should receive at least 80% of your regular salary. These costs will be borne by your employer. Social Security then pays 80% of the employee’s sickness benefit for each day of absence, and in some cases 100%, at the same rate.
If offered by your employer, this is a welcome benefit that guarantees a life insurance plan for a fixed period. Please check the time frame it covers before choosing one. This may continue after your employment with the company ends and you may then have to pay the full dues yourself.
Parental, paternity and maternity leave
Women can start taking 20 weeks of paid maternity leave six weeks before giving birth. Women are always entitled to maternity leave, regardless of the duration of their work with their current employer. Paternity leave can be taken for up to two weeks.
In addition, either parent is entitled to 32 weeks of parental leave.
Poland’s central location in Europe makes it easy to travel to other European countries without spending a lot of time or money, which is one of the additional benefits of working there.
The country has a high standard of living and foreigners can live well here on their salary. Although English is widely spoken in the country, it is not necessary to learn Polish to communicate with the locals.
Poland is home to many large international companies that employ people from all over the world. It encourages diversity at work. Due to the recent strong growth in the IT sector, there are now more job opportunities.
For young professionals, local businesses offer great training opportunities and also help them build their careers.
Pension (PPK), social insurance and occupational medicine are compulsory benefits in Poland (OM). In Poland, from 2019, all employers must participate in a pension scheme. The government introduced new regulations called Employee Capital Plan (EPP) to encourage local citizens to save more. The strategy is being implemented in four phases and should be completed for all employees.