Best way to Find a job in Poland

You’ve decided you want to move to Poland, you’ve read lots about the country, and you’re going to need a job.

Finding a job in Poland isn’t just about paying the bills, it’s one of the best ways to develop a social life too, most of us hang out with our work colleagues outside of work.

There isn’t much difference in the way you approach finding, applying and starting a job compared to most other countries, although there are some pre-requisites you need to be aware of.

What are the education requirements in Poland?

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If you’re looking to land a job in a particularly competitive industry, chances are, you’re going to need a degree at a minimum.

A lot of office jobs, in multi-nationals, request that potential employees are educated to degree level and it’s very rare that they will make any exceptions to this rule for Polish people, let alone foreigners.

But what if I don’t have a degree, can I still find work in Poland?

Yes, you can still find work but you have to broaden your search and be open to the possibility of working in an industry you might not enjoy.

I know I previously said that it is very rare that any company will make an exception if you don’t have at least a degree, but in some cases they do.

For example, some companies will overlook several requirements if they are finding it difficult to fill a position.

Can you give me an example?

Any roles where they require native speakers of certain languages, like English, Swedish, Norwegian, German, French etc.

Unless they find a Polish person who can speak these languages at a native level, they are most likely to broaden their search to include foreigners who possess native level language abilities, both written and verbal.

Why do they want native speakers?

In Poland, a lot of the biggest employers are huge corporate companies, that operate worldwide.

Operating worldwide means that many of the roles they have available will require no Polish language skills, as you’ll mostly be communicating with people in your native language and in English with your colleagues.

If you’re ever unsure on educational requirements, you will save yourself and the business a lot of time by asking for clarification, if they absolutely require a degree you should continue to look elsewhere if you don’t have one.

What other exceptions are there?

IT & development roles can be flexible in requirements, as they are around the world, with many developers being self-taught businesses are open and flexible towards hiring requirements.

In this case, they may provide you with a development task to complete, this is a great chance to show you’re capable of fulfilling the role.

What kind of salary will I get paid in Poland?

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Poland is a very attractive destination for businesses looking to employ highly educated people for a fraction of the pay it would cost in other countries like the United States and the United Kingdom.

For example, the minimum monthly wage in the United Kingdom is £1444.70.

In Polish Zloty, this translates to 7,166zl, which in Poland is a monthly wage fit for a senior employee like a team leader, supervisor or manager in a multi-national corporation – if they are lucky!

Entry level

Students and entry-level employees, who have just finished university or are looking for their first job, often start on wages as low as 2500zl per month and most entry-level jobs will pay below the 4000zl, in general.

A monthly wage of 2500zl is equal to around £500 / $637 a month, which isn’t a lot of money, even in Poland and especially for a foreigner.

Mid-level

Wages for mid-level employees can vary across industries, a good range is between 3500zl and 6000zl per month, which is totally dependant on experiences, requirements and several other factors specific to each job.

5000zl in GBP is around £1000.

Which is still way below the minimum monthly salary in the UK.

However, it’s important to note that in Poland 5000zl is a very liveable wage, it will enable you to make the most of your time here and live comfortably whilst still being able to save.

Senior

Senior positions are upwards of 5000zl, anything below that and you’re selling yourself short and you need to renegotiate your wages.

Senior positions don’t really have a limit, they can pay upwards of 10,000zl, depending on the role requirements and industry.

For example, senior software engineers in Poland can easily earn 12,000zl per month, especially if you find a suitable role at an international company.

10,000zl in GBP is around £2000.

Realistically, you can live like a king or queen on these wages in Poland, you’ll be able to enjoy a luxurious life if you so wish.

Where can I find a job in Poland?

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The best way to find a job in Poland is using the following websites, some of these websites are available in English, if not then use Google translate:

You can also find jobs in several other places, like Facebook and sometimes gumtree.pl

Are there any other tips for finding a job in Poland?

As always, make friends, finding a job through word of mouth is a possibility in Poland and being recommended to a company by a good friend will work in your favour.

You can also check directly with companies in your area, take a walk and see what companies are nearby or use Google maps and check that companies website.

Many companies list all of their jobs on their own website, as well as in the job portals above but if you really want to work for a company and you can’t find any open positions, that doesn’t mean you should give up.

You should contact the people responsible for recruitment within that company and register your interest as a candidate, they will be happy to take your CV and store it for any future roles and we’ve heard of this working for some people who leave a good first impression.

How long does it take to find a job in Poland?

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It can be a lengthy process, depending on the role you are searching for.

Typically, if you’re moving to Poland to find work, you should arrive with sufficient funds to last you for at least your first two months in Poland without a salary.

If you don’t have a lot of funds to come to Poland with, you’ll need to be pro-active in your job search but there are ways to make money in the short term too that can give you an income.

If you can drive: You can sign up with Uber

If you can cycle: You can deliver food with Uber Eats

If you can teach: You can apply at a language school

All three can give you a source of income until you begin a more permanent role and also you can get fit and explore the city in the process.

What happens when I start a job in Poland?

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You’ll need to go for a medical checkup, depending on your employer and their requirements.

A medical checkup is standard in Poland and it’s all very straightforward, with no need to worry about any intrusive medical examinations.

They will check your hearing and your vision, as well as other procedures to ensure you are healthy and in good shape.

To complete a medical, you will need to visit a private practice in Poland, either on your own arrangements or some companies will arrange a visit for you.

Can I fail a medical?

It’s best if I give you an example, I went for a medical before I started employment before and I was told my vision isn’t the best.

I didn’t fail the medical because of my vision, in fact, the company who employed me offered to pay for my prescription glasses. All I had to do was buy the glasses I wanted and my employer at the time reimbursed me after I submitted my receipt, which was great for me (and my eyesight).

Onboarding

Onboarding is not much different from most other places, you’ll spend much of your first week saying hello to everyone and trying really hard to remember everyone’s name.

You’ll also be introduced to company culture, a tour of the office as well as attending a health and safety demonstration.

Take a notepad and a pen for your first month in your new job, write down as much as you can and ask as many questions as possible, not only will this help you remember everything but it will also gain the respect of your colleagues.

Do I need a work permit to work in Poland?

Yes, and no.

No: If you are an EU national.

Yes: If you are a non-EU national.

It’s always good to check with the company before you apply if you’re applying from outside of the EU, as in most cases the company will have to support you in receiving a valid work permit that allows you to work in Poland.

Emmahttps://heypoland.com
Emma has lived and worked in Poland for over 9 years and knows Poland like the back of her hand.

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