The minimum wage increased to PLN 3,010 gross, and the hourly rate to PLN 19.70. The new regulations entered into force on Saturday, January 1, 2022.
In September 2021, the government adopted a regulation on the amount of the minimum remuneration for work and the amount of the minimum hourly rate in 2022.
Minimum wage 2022
In accordance with the regulations, the minimum wages increased to PLN 3,010 gross, and the hourly rate this year will be PLN 19.70. In 2021, the minimum wage for work was PLN 2,800 gross (PLN 2,062 net). The minimum hourly rate for specific civil law contracts was PLN 18.30 gross.
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According to the government salary calculator, as a result of tax changes that are part of the Polish Deal, employees with a full-time salary of PLN 3,010 gross are to gain nearly PLN 154 net per month. They will receive PLN 2,363.56 for their hand. The calculations were based on the assumption that the employee lives in the town where the workplace is located, has no children under the age of 18 and is not a participant in the Employee Capital Plans.
The increase in the minimum wage and the hourly wage is to affect about 2.2 million people.
Originally, the government proposed an increase in the minimum wage in 2022 to PLN 3,000 and PLN 19.60 per hour. The Council of Ministers in mid-June this year. adopted the proposal that next year the minimum remuneration for work would increase by PLN 200, so it would amount to PLN 3,000 gross. In turn, the minimum hourly rate was to be higher than the current one by PLN 1.30 and would amount to PLN 19.60. Pursuant to the regulations, such a proposal was presented to the Social Dialogue Council, but the social side did not manage to work out a common position on this matter. Therefore, the final decision rested with the government.
Minimum wage – what is it
The minimum wage is the lowest possible amount of remuneration for work permitted by law. It is set by the state as a rate for the performance of obligations towards the employer under an employment contract, for a specified period of time.
The obligation to provide an employee employed under an employment relationship with a payment in the amount not lower than the specified amount results directly from the Act on the minimum wage and is in no way dependent on the competences of the employee or the employer’s possibilities.
From the new year, along with the minimum wage, other benefits calculated on its basis also increased, incl. allowance for night work, pay for downtime, severance pay for collective redundancies.
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