Poland: Minimum Salary Levels Announced for Employment-Based Permits

December 30, 2020 Lucy Halse

Key Points

  • Poland has updated its minimum salary levels for certain employment-based permits
  • Minimum salary levels will increase to 2,800 PLN per month for foreign nationals with local contracts on January 1, 2021
  • Minimum salary levels were announced starting in November 2020 for non-EU posted workers and EU ICT permit holders
  • Residence permit minimum income thresholds will stay the same in 2021
  • Employers should ensure their current and existing contracts comply with the new wages

Overview

Poland has new minimum salary levels for EU ICT permit holders, non-EU posted workers, and foreign nationals who are employed through local contracts in 2021.

What are the Changes?

The new minimum salary levels for foreign nationals who are working through a local contract will increase to 2,800 PLN gross per month nationwide on January 1, 2021. The minimum salary levels for non-EU posted workers and EU ICT permit holders will vary based on local municipality.  New minimum salary levels for those categories were announced in November 2020.

The minimum income threshold for residence permits is unchanged. The threshold remains 701 PLN per single-person household and 528 per person for multi-person households. The minimum income level applies across the country.

Who is Affected?

The minimum salary adjustments apply to posted workers with C,D, and E work permits, EU ICT permit holders, and foreign nationals with local contracts, residency permits, or Type A work permits. Minimum salary thresholds for residency permits apply to foreign applicants and their dependents.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

Employers should plan their budgets and adjust their employees’ contracts accordingly to compensate affected workers at the new minimum wage levels. The new minimum salary levels apply to existing and new applications.

Looking Ahead

The Polish government is expected to raise EU Blue Card minimum salary levels in 2021. Updates will be provided when available.

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Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.

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