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Safe employment in Poland: what Ukrainians need to remember

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Safe employment in Poland: what Ukrainians need to remember

Ukrainians who found refuge in Poland after February 24, 2022 can legally work in the country. Learn more about what you need to remember when hiring to avoid falling into the hands of fraudsters and unscrupulous employers

An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
An insurance policy is a guarantee of your safety and peaceful stay outside of Ukraine
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According to the data of the Polish Border Service, 5.5 million Ukrainian refugees left for Poland since the beginning of the war. All of them can legally work in the country. During employment, you need to pay attention to the specifics and know the legislation that regulates the labor market. To ensure that the job search process does not become a negative experience, remember the following:


• Your employer is responsible for you


The employer is responsible for all bureaucratic processes and formalities. He must, within the first two weeks after hiring a Ukrainian, report the employment to the regional employment center.


• Search for work only on verified resources


We recommend paying attention to vacancies from regional labor offices. In addition, you can install the "ePraca" application on your smartphone or contact the employment center yourself.


You can also search for vacancies on special sites. Choose only reliable resources. Example:


• jobs.pl;
• gowork.pl;
• pracuj.pl;
• Jooble;


More resources for job search and a list of in-demand professions in Poland in our material at the link.


• Ask for help if needed


If you need advice, get it at the "Green Line" employment service center on the website or by calling 195-24.


• Safety is a priority during employment


Unfortunately, in today's world, there are many job offers that can threaten your security. Follow the basic rules, and you will be sure that you have chosen the right employer:


• Do not work without signing a written contract that is a guarantee of your protection;

• Read the contract before signing it;

• Notify the National Labor Inspectorate if the employer treats you improperly.


• Employment through an agency


When looking for a job through an agency, don't forget to sign a contract stating the terms of employment, remuneration, benefits and other important conditions. If you need advice, contact the State Labor Inspectorate.


• Learn more about the peculiarities of employment in Poland


In an employment contract or a civil law contract, the amount of salary may be indicated as "gross" or "net". Don't be afraid of these terms:


• "Gross" is the amount before taxes, so you will receive less than stated in the contract;

• "Net" is the net income, that is, the amount after deduction of taxes and contributions.


You can learn more about this and other subtleties of employment in Poland at the link.


In addition to safety tips and the difference between the types of salaries, it should be remembered that an employment contract and a contract for the performance of specific work, or a subcontract, are among the most popular civil law contracts in Poland.


Read about the main differences between the main documents for employment in the country here.

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