Global Hirings

September 18, 2023

3 mins

Employment in Poland: Laws, Benefits, and More

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.

Employing in Poland

When well-prepared to understand Poland's employment laws, benefits, payroll, and tax systems, hiring personnel in the country becomes a straightforward process.

Employee Contract

As per Article 29 of the Polish Labor Code, a requirement of Employment Law mandates written employment contracts. These contracts should encompass a written statement detailing the mutual settlements between the contract parties. The contract specifics align with the nature and duration of the work, while adhering strictly to the provisions outlined in the Polish Labor Code.

While written contracts are obligated to be in Polish, bilingual contracts are permissible, though with a prevailing emphasis on the Polish language.

Probation Period

Employees can undergo a probationary period lasting a maximum of three months.

Employee Leaves

Annual Leave -20 days

Sick Leave -33 days

Maternity Leave -20 weeks

Payroll Cycle

In Poland, salaries are disbursed on a monthly basis.

Minimum Wage

In Poland, the minimum wage stands at PLN 3490 per month.

Overtime Pay

The limit for overtime hours is 8 per week or 150 per year. After exceeding 8 hours of work, an additional 50% of the regular hourly wage is provided. For Holidays and Sundays, employees receive a supplementary 100% of their hourly rate. During the time frame from 21:00 to 6:00, employees are granted a 20% increase on top of their hourly rate.

Bonus — 13th Month Pay

Poland does not require the provision of a 13th-month salary.

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


The VAT rate of Poland is 23%.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

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.

Notice Period

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

Severance Pay

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

Acquiring a visa for Poland adheres to the directives of the European Union within the Schengen Area. Specifically, a distinct visa known as the Poland Schengen Visa is required to facilitate work, study, or permanent residence in Poland.

Your visa application for the Business Visa should be accompanied by an endorsement letter from the company and an employer-issued certificate authorizing your business travel. Additionally, essential documents such as the Memorandum and Article of Association, Trade License, or Proprietorship/Partnership records are also mandatory.


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