How to hire and pay EMPLOYEES IN

Poland

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Before hiring

EMPLOYEES IN
Poland

Before you hire employees in Poland, there are some key things you’ll need to know. Firstly, in Poland, employees subject to non-compete agreements are entitled to receive compensation for the full duration of the agreement, which must not be lower than 25% of their last salary.

It’s also important to know that in Poland, before an employment contract can be signed, a candidate needs to attend a medical examination and present a certificate to their employer.  

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Get an overview of what you need to know when hiring in Poland below. 

At a Glance

CURRENCY

PLN

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

POLISH

PAYROLL FREQUENCY

MONTHLY

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

13

(based on region;
see here
)

EMPLOYER TAXES

20.48%

of gross salary

13th / 14th SALARY

N/A

Good to know

  • Employees subject to non-compete agreements in Poland are entitled to receive compensation for its full duration, which must not be lower than 25% of their last salary.
  • Under Polish law, employers can ask employees to be on call outside of standard working hours. The time on call will not be included in their working time if an employee does not perform any work during that period. The time on duty, however, must not breach the employee’s right to rest.
  • Before an employment contract can be signed, the candidate will need to attend a medical examination and present the certificate.

Employment in

Poland

Working hours and overtime

In Poland, employees typically work eight hours per day, 40 hours per week. Weekly working hours (including overtime) cannot exceed 48 hours. Annual overtime cannot exceed 150 hours. 

Hours worked above eight hours per day and 40 per week are considered overtime. For work performed on Sundays, holidays, at night, or on an employee’s day off, overtime is paid at 200% the regular wage. Overtime is paid at 150% for any other day. 

Instead of paying for overtime, employers may grant an employee time off work.

Employment contracts

Before an employment contract can be signed, candidates in Poland will need to attend a medical examination and present a certificate. 

Probationary period

In Poland, a probationary period is three months at most. There are two types of employment contracts: an indefinite/permanent contract or for a trial period (probation) of up to three months.

It is not legally possible to combine these two types of contracts, so the probation period would need to be covered as a fixed term initial contract and then replaced by an indefinite contract upon successful completion of the probation period.

Pensions
Notice period

The notice period for the termination of contracts in Poland is typically as follows:

  • Two weeks if the employee was employed for up to six months
  • One month if the employee was employed more than six months but less than three years
  • Three months if the employee was employed for three years or more
Non-compete agreements

Non-compete agreements must specify the duration and compensation in writing. Typically, these agreements aren’t made for longer than a year after a contract’s termination. The employee is entitled to receive compensation for the duration of the agreement which must not be lower than 25% of their last salary.

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Holidays

01 Jan

New Year's Day

03 Jun

Corpus Christi

06 Jan

Epiphany

15 Aug

Assumption Day

04 Apr

Easter Sunday

01 Nov

All Saints' Day

05 Apr

Easter Monday

11 Nov

Independence Day

01 May

Labour Day

25 Dec

Christmas Day

03 May

Constitution Day

26 Dec

2nd Day of Christmas

23 May

Whit Sunday

01 Jan

New Year's Day

06 Jan

Epiphany

04 Apr

Easter Sunday

05 Apr

Easter Monday

01 May

Labour Day

03 May

Constitution Day

23 May

Whit Sunday

03 Jun

Corpus Christi

15 Aug

Assumption Day

01 Nov

All Saints' Day

11 Nov

Independence Day

25 Dec

Christmas Day

26 Dec

2nd Day of Christmas

Employer tax

In Poland, employers are required to pay between 19.48% and 22.14% in social security contributions. 

Individual tax

Employees in Poland are taxed on any income earned, provided they have lived in the country for 183 consecutive days during the tax year. Anyone under the age of 26 who makes less than 85 528 PLN is exempt from income taxes. Social security contributions are mandatory for all employees. 

Termination of employment

In Poland, severance pay is given by employers who have at least 20 employees. The breakdown is as follows:

  • One month severance pay for less than two years of employment.
  • Two months’ severance pay for between two and eight years of employment
  • Three months’ severance pay for over eight years of employment

Start hiring employees in

Poland

Setting up a business entity everywhere you want to hire a new employee isn’t scalable—it takes too long and the legal fees are high. At the same time, understanding and adhering to the local labor laws and employee expectations can be complex and time consuming. And it’s hard to find reliable information on up-to-date employment information for all the countries where you’re considering hiring. Not to mention tracking down invoices and managing employee contracts over email and spreadsheets—that gets messy fast. 

We can’t afford to take risks when it comes to compliance—we need to make sure we follow the local guidelines, especially when it comes to taxes and legalities. 

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