Working in Poland

Some tips and facts about the job market

You already know a lot about moving to Poland - where to rent a place for yourself, how much money you are going to spend on living here….

But where to get the money from?

In this article we are going to give you a few tips on what to do in Poland.

01.

Foreign language tutoring

02.

Gastronomy

03.

Job Agencies

01.

Foreign language tutoring

This is probably the easiest way to make money in Poland, if you come from somewhere else.

There are lots and lots of students (anywhere from preschool to university) who are trying to learn a new language or improve their fluency, and who knows it better than a native speaker? Also, many people are willing to pay more for lessons with a native. So what can you do?

  • For you, as a native speaker of your language, there is an option to start teaching your language to Polish people.

  • Keep in mind, though, that when looking for a job at a language school it’s important for you to prove that you can also teach - the principles can require some sort of education towards it. But that sin;t always the case, since some schools also offer conversation lessons for more advanced learners.

What is more, right now during the Covid-19 pandemic a lot of language schools offer online courses, which makes it easier and safer for you to work.

02.

Gastronomy

Many bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels are in constant need of people who can speak English and other foreign languages.

Keep in mind, though, that when looking for a job at a language school it’s important for you to prove that you can also teach - the principles can require some sort of education towards it. But that sin;t always the case, since some schools also offer conversation lessons for more advanced learners.

03.

Job agencies

There are institutions that help unemployed people and employers connect. Some take money for it, but worry not- here are some English-friendly, totally free and online job searching tools:

You can apply various filters to make your search faster and more effective:

education
field of expertise
city
part time or full time etc.

You can learn from here that a working week is 40 hours, that an average gross pay is 4,500 zł and that there are two tax rates on income- 23% and 18%. And of course, much more…

When applying for a job it's useful to know what type of contract you want. There are two main types that are signed in Poland. One of them is usually short-term (3 or 6 months)- mandate contract.

Under this contract you have a lot more freedom as to how long it's going to last or how quickly you want to cancel it. But you won't get all the benefits that working contracts offer, such as maternal leave, regular leave and working overtime. What is more, a working contract protects you from being fired from day to day-your employer has to give you at least a month to spare.

So which one to choose?

If you are a student and are looking for a part time job, then the mandate contract will be more than enough- you will have more freedom and flexibility and not as much responsibility on your shoulders.

If you choose to work in Poland in the long run, then you should probably aim for the working contract. It will give you more stability in your life here.