Minimum salary levels increase for employment permits
27 Nov 19
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Poland has changed minimum salary requirements for posted workers and ICT mobility permit holders. Starting Jan. 1, Poland will update minimum salary requirements for workers on local employment contracts.
What does the change mean? Foreign workers on local employment contracts must earn at least 2,600 zloty (about US$667 or €605) per month. Posted workers and ICT mobility permit holders must be paid according to the applicable regional salary minimum. Residency permit holders and their family members must be supported by an income of at least 528 zloty per month while single-person households must be supported by 701 zloty per month.
- Implementation time frame: The new monthly minimum wage goes into effect Jan. 1. Salary requirements for posted workers and ICT mobility permits have changed, effective Nov. 21. The new monthly minimum wage goes into effect Jan. 1. Income thresholds for residency permit purposes currently remain unchanged.
- Business impact: Businesses may see an increase in labor costs if salaries need to be adjusted to reflect the new thresholds.
Additional information: The salary minimum for local employment contracts affects foreigners hired locally throughout Poland, i.e., those holding Type A work permits or residency permits with right to work. The minimum salary threshold for posted workers (work permits C, D and E for assignments) and ICT mobility permit holders depends on the administrative region, or voivodship, where the applicant applies for the permit. The minimum income thresholds for residency permits apply to all foreigners applying for residency permits, including dependent family members.
|Work permits for local hires|
|Anywhere in Poland||2,600 zloty per month|
|Work permits for posted workers, EU ICT mobility permits|
|Lower Silesia||3,280.10 zloty per month|
|Kuyavia-Pomerania (Bydgoszcz)||2,773.23 zloty per month|
|Lublin (Lublin)||2,842.90 zloty per month|
|Lubusz (Gorzów Wielkopolski)||2,820.40 zloty per month|
|Łódź Province (Łódź)||2,951.63 zloty per month|
|Lesser Poland (Kraków)||3,092.64 zloty per month|
|Masovia (Warszawa)||3,921.01 zloty per month|
|Opole (Opole)||2,910.38 zloty per month|
|Subcarpathia (Rzeszów)||2,753.52 zloty per month|
|Podlaskie (Białystok)||2,846.40 zloty per month|
|Pomerania (Gdańsk)||3,154.33 zloty per month|
|Silesia (Katowice)||3,210.59 zloty per month|
|Świętokrzyskie (Kielce)||2,767.89 zloty per month|
|Warmia-Masuria (Olsztyn)||2,699.05 zloty per month|
|Greater Poland (Poznań)||2,940.81 zloty per month|
|West Pomerania (Szczecin)||2,909.16 zloty per month|
|Residency permits for foreigners|
|Anywhere in Poland||528 zloty per person per month||701 zloty per person per month for single-person household|
Analysis & Comments: Employers should be sure to account for the new salary minimums when planning their budgets. Polish authorities are expected to announce new EU Blue Card salary thresholds in the first quarter of 2020.
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