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Factsheet for measure PL-2022-27/2813 – measures in Poland

Wage increases for health sector workers

Podwyżki dla pracowników sektora zdrowotnego

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 29 June 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)
Measure added 08 September 2022 (updated 19 September 2022)

Background information

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.

Content of measure

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:

  1. Essential hospital personnel: from PLN 632 (€135) to PLN 1,097 (€223).
  2. Paramedics: PLN 1,550 (€330).
  3. Physiotherapists, nurses and pharmacists: from PLN 1,590 (€338) to PLN 1,927 (€410).
  4. Doctors: from PLN 1,441 (€307) to PLN 2,009 (€427).

Use of measure

No data to report now.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Particular professions
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
Public employment service
Social insurance
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A



Views and reactions


Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Health associate professionals
      Health professionals


  • 22 June 2022: article on higher minimum wages for health workers (
  • 28 June 2022: Bill increasing the wages for health sector workers (


Eurofound (2022), Wage increases for health sector workers, measure PL-2022-27/2813 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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