The Polish government has announced that it will increase the national minimum wage by almost 16% in 2021 instead of the previously proposed 12%.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Jan. 1, Poland’s minimum salary will increase by 480 PLN from 3,010 PLN to 3,490 PLN.
  • In July 2023, the minimum monthly wage is set to increase again from 3,490 PLN to 3,600 PLN.
  • Polish authorities had previously proposed an increase of only 373 PLN on Jan. 1 and an additional 67 PLN increase in July 2023.
  • The new minimum wage will apply to new applications submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2023, and applications that were submitted before Jan. 1, 2023, that are still pending.
  • The new minimum wage requirements will not affect EU Blue Card minimums.

BAL Analysis: Businesses may see a slight increase in labor costs once the new minimum wage takes effect. Employers should take the new minimum wages into account when planning their 2023 budgets.

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