Find out, in this article, all that you need to know on Poland's labor market and some tips to help you land a job.
Since many years, Poland has been attracting many expatriates from all around the world. Thanks to its strong economy which remained unaffected by the global recession from 2008-2010, it provides various opportunities to expatriates, whether they come from the European Union or elsewhere. So if you are planning to move there, you should not have much trouble in finding a job provided you are aware of relating conditions.
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Poland is also a top destination for investment in Central Europe, attracting investors both from neighboring countries and from the rest of the world as well.
To date, Poland is deemed to be the 6th European economic powerhouse and the 21st economy worldwide according to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The country has a diversified and developed economy which mainly relies on energy and tourism. Other sectors such as telecommunications, petrochemicals, information and communication technology, automotive industry, etc, also make a significant contribution to the Pole economy.
Moreover, local companies are rather open towards foreign expertise. Therefore, you are quite likely to be hired in different fields provided you have the required qualifications and skills.
Find a job
There are various ways to find a job in Poland. You might be luckier by registering with local employment agencies. In general, these services are free of charge but some of them may request a little contribution from job seekers. These agencies can be found on the Internet.
Otherwise, you may also browse classifieds ads on general and specialized job websites, professional social networks and other virtual platforms. Note, however, that you are likely to come across many Polish websites during your search. So having some knowledge of Polish should definitely help.
Most international companies operating across the country receive job applications in English and German. You can therefore send your resume and cover letter to employers in either of these two languages. Note that you are not required to produce copies of your diploma and results when applying for a job in Poland. These will rather be requested to you during the Interview if you have been selected.
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Employment procedures observed by big Pole companies are quite particular. In general, candidates who have been selected for a first time are called for an online or on the spot test. Those who have succeeded are then contacted for an individual Interview whereby they are introduced to the working and remuneration conditions, etc. Smaller companies, for their part, contact candidates upon receiving their resumes and cover letters.
Non-European Union nationals wishing to work in Poland have to obtain a work permit first. This permit has to be requested from the nearest Voivodship Office to the company's address or your place of residence. The work permit is generally valid for three years, but it can be reduced depending on the Voivodship Office.
The legal working week in Poland consists of 42 hours.
Employees are entitled to 14 to 26 paid leaves per year, depending on the number of years they have completed within the company and on their hierarchy.
Social contributions, for their part, are shared between the employer and the employee. Thus, your employer will make a 19.5% contribution while you will contribute 13.7%.
Expat.com – Jobs in Poland
National Employment Agency www.praca.gov.pl
Ministry of Labor www.mpips.gov.pl
Monster Polska www.monsterpolska.pl
ZUS – Social Security www.zus.pl