It's not as simple as that - ZUS for employees is different than for self employed. In theory, the employers contribution is 20% and the individual's contribution is 17% - but there appears to be all sorts of scams to get around this.
And for the first two years of self employment, ZUS is around 330zl a month (or even less if you have a contract somewhere which pays ZUS for you!) - so the 800zl figure is a bit inaccurate in this respect.
And let's not forget that ZUS can be written off against tax.[/quote]
That's quite a bit more than the average working wage in UK.
Actually, the average UK wage is just under 25K as of last April. Might have gone down a little bit as a result of the 'crisis', but won't be less than 21.5K.
i've got Polish friends that opened up companies in the UK as it was much easier and in a diff tax bracket.
Dodgy thing to do if the Polish tax man catches up with you, especially if you're resident in Poland for more than 185 days at a time and thus classed as Polish resident. Fair enough, there's no way for them to check based on your passport - but it would be very easy for them to ask you to produce bank statements to find out what you've been doing over the last while.
have you got 100,000PLN or 20,000GBP to spend without using credit?
It's really not that much money in the grand scheme of things, even in Poland. One million PLN is where it might be seen seriously - but I'm not suprised that they only gave you a year's residence permit if you only invested 100,000PLN into the country. Another way of looking at it is that it's 25K EUR - which really isn't that much money.
With regard to the residency it is the responsibility of the school to organise your residence in the flat of the person you are staying with
No it's not. It is the responsibility of the individual to sort out a valid zameldowanie, not the school or indeed anyone else. I'd actually be interested to know how a school is supposed to sort it out for you if you're staying somewhere entirely unrelated to the school?
having asked for NIP numerous teachers have been fobbed off with a story
And people accept this? I'd be straight to the taxman to complain that they're withholding taxes and not paying them!