Work in Poland for foreigners: the pros, cons and how to find a job
Poland allows foreigners to work in the country. Learn more about the advantages of employment in Poland, whether there are disadvantages of working in the country and how to find jobs
Poland is a popular destination for foreign nationals in Europe. The country offers a wide range of vacancies and attractive employment conditions, especially for those who are willing to work in manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, IT and many other industries. Let's talk about the details of employment in Poland.
It is worth noting that Poland's economy is at a fairly high level when compared to the situation in Eastern European countries. Due to its geography, the country is in demand in the labor and tourism industries.
What are the advantages of employment in Poland?
One of the main advantages of finding a job in Poland is relatively high salaries. Poland offers high salaries compared to other Eastern European countries, which attracts many foreign workers.
Salary in Poland
As of the first six months of 2023, the minimum wage in Poland is
- 3450 PLN ($824) gross per month;
- 22.50 PLN ($5.3) gross per hour.
However, the amount you will receive in your hands will be less. This is due to tax, as the brutto amount does not take into account the payment of taxes.
As for the high level of salary, the amount depends on the province. As of the beginning of 2023, the highest wages were observed in the following regions:
- Mazovian Voivodeship - 5860 ($1400) PLN per month;
- Pomeranian Voivodeship - PLN 5100 ($1218) per month.
- Lower Silesian Voivodeship - PLN 5100 ($1218) per month;
- Silesian Voivodeship - PLN 4900 ($1170) per month;
- Lesser Poland - PLN 4900 ($1170) per month.
The highest paid professions in Poland are:
1. IT specialists - 8000 ($1911) PLN gross per month;
2. Builders - 4000 ($955) PLN gross per month;
3. Truck drivers in international transportation - 4500 ($1075) PLN gross per month;
Other advantages of employment in Poland
Poland has established itself as a country with a simple employment process. Employment of foreigners in Poland is quite simple and transparent, especially if you are an EU citizen.
Are there any disadvantages of working in Poland?
As in any other country, there are problems that foreigners may face when looking for a job in Poland. For example, the Polish language can be a problem for those who do not speak it. Some employers prefer to hire only those who are fluent in the language.
In addition, it is worth recognizing that the social security system in Poland is not as well-developed as in some other EU countries. Some foreign workers may face problems if they fall ill or lose their jobs.
Cultural differences can also be a challenge for foreign workers, especially if they come from countries with different cultures and customs.
How to find a job and what is the employment process like in Poland?
The job search in this country is quite diverse. There are many online platforms in Poland that help foreign workers find a job in Poland. They include the following sites:
As for the documents, you will need a passport, work permit, tax number, health insurance, etc. to work in Poland. For EU citizens, the documents will depend on the country they come from.
To obtain a work or residence permit, a foreigner must apply to the voivode's office. Permits are issued after the application procedure. At the end, a single document is issued, allowing both residence and work in Poland, without the need to obtain an additional work permit.
Employment procedure for foreigners in Poland
As in many countries, after you find a suitable vacancy and send your CV, you may be invited for an interview. This can be either in person or online, depending on the employer.
If you are selected for the position, you will be offered a contract, which you should read and sign carefully. The contract will specify the working conditions, salary, working hours, and other important details.
In general, working in Poland for foreigners has its advantages and disadvantages, but with the right preparation and the ability to adapt to new conditions, it can be a great experience and an opportunity for personal and professional growth.
Igor Usyk - Head of Legal Department at Visit World
For safe relocation to Poland, obtaining refugee status and employment, use the advice of an international lawyer. We help to solve complex and simple issues for your comfort and safety in Poland.
Products from Visit World for a comfortable trip:
Checklist for obtaining a visa and necessary documents in Poland;
Legal advice on immigration to Poland;
Travel insurance for foreigners in Poland;
Medical insurance all over the world.
Learn more about the rules of stay in Poland here.
Learn how to apply for a visa to Poland here.
How can foreigners find legal employment in Poland in 2023? Read here.
Work permit in Poland: a detailed guide.
Many foreigners choose Croatia for higher education because of the high level of professional training and prospects. Learn more about how to enroll in a Croatian university, required documents, tuition fees and other useful information
20 Apr. 2023More details
There are practically no bureaucratic barriers to obtain residence in the Dominican Republic, the climate is mild, the people are good-natured, and life on the island is unhurried. We will tell you what foreigners need to migrate, the list of required documents and types of visas
21 Apr. 2023More details
The TOEFL test organizers have changed the test administration time and some of the test conditions starting July 26, 2023. Find out more about the changes
22 Apr. 2023More details
Cyprus has set a record for property sales. According to the country's Land Department, 23% more properties were sold than in 2022. Find out more about which cities have become the most popular for home sales and who is buying property in Cyprus
23 Apr. 2023More details