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Factsheet for measure PL-2022-27/2813 – measures in Poland
|Country||Poland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 29 June 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
|Author||Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||08 September 2022 (updated 19 September 2022)|
The government introduced a measure to increase the wages of essential health sector workers to ensure continued provision of services in the health sector. The bill increased the minimum wages of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, paramedics and other types of health sector employees.
Legal reference: Ustawa z dnia 26 maja 2022 r. o zmianie ustawy o sposobie ustalania najniższego wynagrodzenia zasadniczego niektórych pracowników zatrudnionych w podmiotach leczniczych oraz niektórych innych ustaw.
All doctors, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists, and other health sector workers are eligible to receive the increase. It is estimated that around 500,000 people are affected by the bill. So far PLN 8 billion (approx. €1.7 billion) has been put to cover the additional expenditure, but more money is expected to be spent.
The wage increases are range from PLN 632 (€135) for hospital personnel to PLN 2,009 (€427) for specialised doctors. The exact increases are:
No data to report now.
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
Public employment service
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This case is sector-specific
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities||Q86 Human health activities|
This case is occupation-specific
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Health associate professionals|
Eurofound (2022), Wage increases for health sector workers, measure PL-2022-27/2813 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2022-27_2813.html
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