Thanks all, useful info.
Have the job offer was hoping company would delay 3 months but want me to start remotely from London ASAP, will decide this week , big decision to leave stable job to move to a new one in a new country 🤷♂️
Hi Roibeard, be careful about this. You don't know when you'll actually be able to relocate with all this virus business, and you'll be living on a Polish salary in London. The exchange rate is not great at the moment and is not likely to recover soon plus it'll be subject to fluctuations. I assume you're on a three month trial period first but if it's a longer contract, check to make sure there isn't a penalty clause for handing in your notice during the duration of the contract. It's common in IT jobs anyway. They stick a HUGE fine on you if you leave before the contract is up, 50,000zl is not unknown!
Yes will be revising the terms next week, it's a 3 month probation which I want to renegotiate to 1 if possible, they are keen for me to start ASAP so hopefully show some flexibility. The not known when we can move is the big problem as that also means not known when we can sell or flat. It's a shared ownership scheme so technically I am not allowed to rent it!
they are keen for me to start ASAP so hopefully show some flexibility.
Poles are not known for their flexibility as you'll soon find out :)) I'd suggest you take a look at this, read pages 76-79, it's a fairly accurate summing up of Polish business culture. I think you'll find it useful and much of it counts for everyday life too:
Thanks, will make note on this. I deal mainly with UK & Irish companies at present and find the communication from the top always blunt and direct. I guess it's how you take it on board.
Does anyone know if i can live in Poland but get paid by UK registered company as their employee(not contract)
Yes. you can. I've done that a couple of times.
I would want to be paying tax in Poland and not UK.
If you're here for more than 180 days in the year, or Poland is your 'centre of interests' (i.e. you live here) you'll need to anyway. Polish taxation isn't as good as the `UK's though...
Would the UK company need to do anything to declare me as living in Poland so I don't pay UK Tax
You may need to do that yourself. The procedure is fairly simple in the UK.
Or they would need to register as a Polish company so taxes
No, however you should consult a tax adviser here.
Hi. Good luck with your move. I'll try to keep this relevant for you as your circumstances moving to Poland would be very different to what mine were.
-Avoid the Salwator area of Kraków
-Hate to break it to you but I've never seen a married foreign English speaking man who could actually speak any Polish. Mostly they just gave up and let their wives do the talking for them-some guys could not even sign a one page Umowa Zlecenie contract alone after like a decade in Poland. Many took pride in their ignorance, before during and after divorce. Personally I did not have this situation in my life, so it was sink or swim, I take great pride in saying I had very little help from anyone except 1 or 2 friends in the early days. Keep speaking it until the words come out right, or you'll struggle. And you have to actually want to learn it, if only because they all think (and perhaps hope) you'll fail.
-Even when Covid ends, be prepared for random stop and search that targets any man walking alone after 5 p.m., due to the volume of drug users in the city. I was able to explain that I understood my rights, that EU citizens from Ireland do not need an ID, challenged them to name the law that states that, and just gave my PESEL. Again, avoid living or working in Salwator or near Salwator or the centre for this reason, as in that area especially, anyone is a suspect.
-Not going to lie to you, I'm almost 30, and from what I have seen, things typically don't end well for guys who marry Polish wives. That's with the majority of foreign men I have known as well. You sound level headed and content in life, and I am sure you have a lovely set up after a long successful life in London, and I hope it stays that way in your new life in Poland. Glad I was never in any of the situations I've witnessed other men suffer during my previous lives in PL as a teacher, barman, IT worker etc. you meet a lot of foreign colleagues and I was even a one time best friend to some guys before they spiralled into self-isolation, depression or left the country out of sadness/bitterness/rejection. One example, not to scare you but: How anyone can legally deny a parent any access to a child based on the family's view of a man used to be beyond comprehension to me-in most cases it seemed to be the norm. Maybe I just had a statistically unlucky number of friends though and her family might be nicer to you. You know yourself, in Ireland you could not deny a father access to his kids that way, just like cos you want to, but it does happen here. If it does not happen to you, please God, you will still certainly see it happen to others.
-14'000 gross is an insane amount of money for most people in Poland. Some people like to say it's not, but if you look at the facts most people just do not earn anywhere near that amount, hence the popularity of the 500 plus children's allowance programme(again, despite the common perception of it, buying votes is relatively easy in an economy where an awful lot of people/families still earn under 3000 zlotych gross).Think about it for a second; the fact that children's allowance is a new thing just to buy some votes gives you an idea of the real state of inequality in this country. Something you just take for granted in Ireland, and rightly so, because we have had it since the 1930s. Having said that, I am in no position to be giving financial advice as someone earning a good deal under 14'000. I am sure you will do just fine-you have more experience than me.