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Posts by alexpetrov  

Joined: 16 Feb 2013 / Male ♂
Last Post: 26 Oct 2013
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From: Kiev, Ukraine
Speaks Polish?: A little

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alexpetrov   
26 Oct 2013
Language / Is Polish an easy language to learn and is there a way of learning it easily? [105]

Is Polish an easy or not to learn would very much depend on which language is your native language. For example my native language is Ukrainian and I find Polish extremely easy to learn :) I think if your first language is one of Slavic languages then Polish will be quite easy for you. In other cases, most likely it won't be easy, but still doable. I know several native-English speakers who speak perfect Polish. Of course they have some kind of accent, but they mastered grammar and vocabulary and they pronounce words more or less correctly.
alexpetrov   
30 May 2013
Food / Can you buy Absinthe in Poland? [13]

I'm sure I've seen absinth (not the brand you mentioned though) in the supermarket in Galeria Krakowska 2 weeks ago. Also I have seen Xenta Absenta in one of the 24/7 Acohole shops in the Kazimerz district of Krakow. Specifically the shop on the Miodowa street, 21 or 23, don't remember the number of building precisely.
alexpetrov   
2 Apr 2013
Law / Taxes for Sp. z. o. o. in IT area [13]

Well, my ability to read and understand Polish is a bit limited, I'm still learning it, but according to this: it seems like Sp.z.o.o. is the only option for me.
alexpetrov   
2 Apr 2013
Law / Taxes for Sp. z. o. o. in IT area [13]

Thanks, I'll check it out, but the main question is if creating Spółka jawna gives a right for non-EU residents to apply for czasowy pobyt.
alexpetrov   
2 Apr 2013
Law / Taxes for Sp. z. o. o. in IT area [13]

Hello Harry, thanks for the advice, but unfortunately, I am not a EU resident and from what I know dzialalnosc gospodarcza is available for the EU residents only, so I have to go with Sp. z. o. o.
alexpetrov   
2 Apr 2013
Law / Taxes for Sp. z. o. o. in IT area [13]

As a follow up to this topic: https://polishforums.com/work/poland-ukrainian-software-developer-moving-65408/

I'm a software developer from Ukraine looking to move in Poland early next year. I have thought all the advises, also I spend some time browsing polish job websites, and it does seem to me, that after moving to Poland I'm going to lose about half of my current salary ($3500 netto).

I currently work for an american company as an independent contractor and in fact they can as well send payments to Poland as to Ukraine. So my Idea was, why not start a small company (Sp. z. o. o.) in Poland (consisting only of me and my wife as cofounders), and continue to work as a remote software developer for my american employer?

Suppose I register a Sp. z. o. o. somewhere in Poland, open bank accounts, sign contract with the american company and start providing IT services to them. Sounds good, but my concerns are taxes in Poland. Could anybody advise how much taxes from these $3500 a month I'll have to pay? From what I have read the corporate tax in Poland is 19%. That's ok for me. But there is also 23% VAT. Will I be a subject to VAT? Will there be any additional payments I am not aware of?
alexpetrov   
31 Mar 2013
Work / Ukrainian Software Developer moving to Poland - job and salary with my experience? [13]

Thank you for all the answers. Here is some clarification:

I do have managerial experience as I am holding a Team Lead position right now. I don't expect to get into team lead's seat right after moving to Poland, but at the very least I'd be looking for a Senior Developer position. I also have deep hands on knowledge and extensive experience with Drupal CMF. I don't know about Poland, but in Ukraine people with Drupal experience are hard to find and usually are better paid than an average PHPer.

Thank you for suggestions about job search, I'll of course go this way, but I don't want to do this right now, because I am going to move not earlier than January-February 2014, or may be even a little later and there is no point in talking to companies at this very moment.

Yes I am aware of the fact that IT salaries in Ukraine are higher than in Poland but it isn't the money I am after. If it was about money, I'd be looking for positions in the USA or Germany. But I'm ok with making less than I do in Ukraine as long as my salary allows us to maintain the same standard of life we are accustomed to in Ukraine (from my experience cost of living in Poland (perhaps except Warszaw) is a little bit (10-15%) lower than in Kyiv).

What percentage of gross salary is net in Ukraine, let's say from 2000 USD per month?

In Ukraine they usually speak about net salaries. So when you see $2000 it usually means $2000.

Also the majority of software developers in Ukraine work with companies not as employees but as independent contractors. The tax for independent contractors is 5%, so even if it was brutto, the netto amount would be $1900. Not much of a difference.
alexpetrov   
31 Mar 2013
Work / Ukrainian Software Developer moving to Poland - job and salary with my experience? [13]

Hello, I'm a software developer from Kyiv, Ukraine. I'm planning to move to Poland sometime early next year. At this moment I am able to understand around 70% of spoken or written Polish due to the strong resemblance between Polish and Ukrainian languages, though I am not able to speak or write Polish, but I'm sure I'll pick it up really quickly after moving to Poland. Besides that I speak fluent English, Ukrainian and Russian and average French and German.

As for my IT background, I have around 7 years of PHP development (I have really big and cool projects in my portfolio) and 1 year of C/C++/Objecitve-C development for iOS platform.

As for my education, I posses a Ph.D. degree in computer sciences (have also teaching experience, as when I was doing my Ph.D. I also worked as a lecturer for a university).

My question is: how hard would it be to find a job with my background in Poland. Preferably in Kraków or Wrocław, though I don't rule out other cities. Also can I bring my wife with me right away? I've read on several ukrainian forums, that I can bring my wife to Poland only after working for 2 years and to be honest this isn't an option to me.

Another question is: what kind of salary (netto) a guy with my experience could expect in Poland?