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Minimum wage in Poland the highest in Central Europe


Minimum wage in Poland maintains a higher level than the average for countries of the region. Of twenty two  EU countries with a centralized minimum wage Poland is in thirteenth place when it comes to its nominal value and in twelfth place in terms of the purchasing power of the minimum wage.


Minimum monthly wage in Poland in 2015 is 1750 zł (410 euro), more than in all countries  of our region. Among new EU members, only Malta is ahead of us. The list is closed by Bulgaria (184 euro) and Romania (218 euro) It is worth pointing out that we are ahead of more economically developed countries – such as Czech Republic (332 euro), Slovakia (380 euro) or Estonia (390). This is a consequence of the mechanisms of increasing minimum wage which are regulated by acts. Its relation to the average wage in Poland increased from 35% in 2007 to 44% in 2015 (according to prognoses. In 2015 it was increased to 1750 zł gross  – more than indicated by the algorithm included in  the act on minimum wage.


The ranking according to purchasing power parity is even more favourable. Poland is ahead of Portugal and very close to Greece and Spain.


Research indicates [1] that an excessively high minimum wage has a negative impact on employment rates and that young and low qualified employees are particularly exposed to the risk of losing their jobs. This is directly related to the added value produced. If it is be lower than the minimum wage, an  

Entrepreneur might be forced to reduce employment or change its form.


Jacek Brzozowski, adviser to the President of Employers of Poland



[1] A. Kamińska, P. Lewandowski, The effects of minimum wage on a labour market with high temporary employment, IBS Working Paper, 07/2015.