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Cost of living in Lodz, is 2450-6400 PLN salary enough?


stefanotir 1 | 5    
1 Sep 2015  #1
Hello everyone
I received a job offer in Lodz (Poland) with a net salary of 2450 PLN per month, with a bonus of about 400 PLN per month (just for the first 3 months of contract).

Except the bonus, are 2450 PLN net enough for a decent living in Lodz?
Thank you
rozumiemnic 9 | 3,541    
1 Sep 2015  #2
that would only be OK if your flat was paid for as part of the deal, AFAIK.
Someone else will be along soon who knows better, I am sure.
Divide by 5 to get approx GBP.
OP stefanotir 1 | 5    
1 Sep 2015  #3
The company just provides 500 PLN per month, for the first 3 months to pay the flat.
Later, I will manage only 2450 PLN per month
rozumiemnic 9 | 3,541    
1 Sep 2015  #4
is it just for yourself or do you have a family?
If just for you, I would say that is OK.
With a family, things could get very tight.
As I said, I am sure someone will come and tell me I am wrong shortly.
jon357 66 | 13,338    
1 Sep 2015  #5
If just for you, I would say that is OK.

Yes, that's possible.

2450 PLN per month

On that salary, you would have a room in a shared flat. You would need to be careful, however it is possible to live on that.
Paritosh 10 | 62    
1 Sep 2015  #6
Considering you are coming alone (and not with your family) and you are ready to share a flat with someone, around 600-700 will be the cost for your flat. Rest if you calculate 30-40 zl per day expense of food and alcohol. It will come around to another 1000-1200 zl.

and you will be left with 500-800zl for other expenses.
The bonus will be a boon to you.
Marsupial - | 915    
1 Sep 2015  #7
Lets face it, it's a terrible offer. If you are from a poor unsafe country without democracy take it because ypur life will improve vastly. Otherwise it's pretty bad.
OP stefanotir 1 | 5    
1 Sep 2015  #8
Thank you for positive answers.
I will live in Poland alone, without family.
Is it possible with this salary to rent a normal-standard car per month?
jon357 66 | 13,338    
1 Sep 2015  #9
Not really. Here's a price list and remember, there's petrol on top:
49zl.pl/cennik.html
OP stefanotir 1 | 5    
21 Sep 2015  #10
Merged: Living in Lodz with 2450 PLN

Hello everyone!!!
I received a job offer in Lodz as customer service agent, with a NET salary of 2450 PLN.
In the first three months, I will receive a bonus of 500 PLN by the company to find an accomodation.
Is 2450 PLN a good net salary to live in Lodz? (taking in consideration rent,food,internet connection,nightlife)
Can i rent a car with that salary?
Thank you
InPolska 11 | 1,824    
21 Sep 2015  #11
is this a joke? Moving to Poland and live like a rat!!!!!
DominicB - | 2,600    
21 Sep 2015  #12
Is 2450 PLN a good net salary to live in Lodz?

That's very, very low. Far too low to justify moving to Poland at all. Poverty wages.

Can i rent a car with that salary?

You must be joking. You'll barely be able to afford food.

nightlife

Your "nightlife" will consist mainly of masturbation.
Jardinero 1 | 396    
21 Sep 2015  #13
Your "nightlife" will consist mainly of masturbation.

;-) Dominic...!? What sort of advise is that?
InPolska 11 | 1,824    
22 Sep 2015  #14
@Dominic: thanks for the good laugh! For sure, on such poverty wages, no way to attract Polish girls (or boys) or even to drink a few beers with the buddies. More seriously, what's the point of moving to a totally unknown and difficult country half around the world to live like a rat? Unless most desperate, who would do it?

It seems that we have a new trend in PF. It used to be the style "I am from India and X company offers me a job in Poland with a salary of 42,000 a month. Could I make it in Poland on such a salary"?, which I personally found stupid and abject to Poles. Should they dare spending a couple of minutes on the net, they would realize that the majority of Poles make and have to manage on peanuts. Now, we have another trend; those offered 3 coins and willing to come to Poland to live like rats.

@To those: in order to have a decent sort of life, without worrying about money, you need at least 4,000/4,500 CLEAR per month (if you are single). Less than that, forget it and don't say it'll look "good" on your cv because it won't. Serious recruiters are not impressed by lousy jobs in some 2nd category countries as Poland and others. You won't get a prestigious cv this way. To any serious recruiter, you'll seem a loser... Don't waste your time! :)
Marsupial - | 915    
22 Sep 2015  #15
That salary is just enough to pay for your oxygen so you will be definately be able to breathe.
DominicB - | 2,600    
22 Sep 2015  #16
Now, we have another trend; those offered 3 coins and willing to come to Poland to live like rats.

Actually, that's not a new trend. There has been a slow, but steady stream of posts from people from richer countries who think that they can make it in Poland on low wages because "the cost of living is so low". They don't seem to get it that the cost of living in Poland is shockingly high relative to wages, and that a foreigner pays a substantial penalty for not knowing the local language and consumer habits, and not having a network of family, friends and professional contacts.

in order to have a decent sort of life, without worrying about money, you need at least 4,000/4,500 CLEAR per month (if you are single).

Agree, for a entry or possibly junior position. Single, of course. Families cost a real lot in Poland, especially since the kids have to go to private school. 4000/4500 clear a month is lousy for a more established person who has serious savings on his mind.

don't say it'll look "good" on your cv because it won't. Serious recruiters are not impressed by lousy jobs in some 2nd category countries as Poland and others. You won't get a prestigious cv this way. To any serious recruiter, you'll seem a loser... Don't waste your time! :

Have to agree here, too. It's fine as a gap year or extended vacation, but there are practically always much, much better options available than working in Poland.
InPolska 11 | 1,824    
22 Sep 2015  #17
@Dominic: when I said "new trend", I meant in PF because in real I don't come across this situation. Yes, the cost of living in Poland if we want to buy other things than bread, potatoes, onions, sausage, cucumbers and apples if very high and not much cheaper than what it is in Western Europe. In Western Europe a lot of things are not more expensive or even cheaper than in Poland. Furthermore, a foreigner used to different standards and to use different products, shall spend more than an average Poles does. I personally buy mostly foreign (not only food) products so I spend a lot....

Living abroad when alone and with no family network to rely on is not limited to a room, bread, potatoes and a few beers with friends but should also include a little bit of savings each month to cope with emergencies. What about dental services ? This summer, for 3 minor things, I had to spend close to 1,500 ZL. In case of sickness (even something very minor) how to buy medecine? No big deal to spend 140, 150 or more at a pharmacy. NFZ reimburses very few medicines and if so, it's very little. What about if we break something in the apartment, or one's glasses, watch, etc etc ... All these cost money and therefore need to make enough money. Also, all those young single ones, they'll need some minimum of social life, to go away once in a while and here again, money is needed. What about money to return home for Christmas, or for emergencies?

I know that in general they are very young so they dream that they'll make it on 3 coins but of course they are wrong. Poland is like any other country, in order to have a minimum of a life, it's necessary to earn enough money.

Futhermore, crap work paid 3 peanuts in Poland won't look serious in a cv. To recruiters, it'll look like losers who had to accept any crap work because not able to find anything else. Sorry but this is life! I've been within and with international companies for over 25 years and I know the way they feel. Personally, I would not hire anyone who had worked for 2,450 ZL at some crappy job in Poland - it shows lack of ambition.
Roger5 2 | 1,475    
22 Sep 2015  #18
Is 2450 PLN a good net salary to live in Lodz? (taking in consideration rent,food,internet connection,nightlife)

Your "nightlife" will consist mainly of masturbation.

This deserves some kind of forum award.
InPolska 11 | 1,824    
22 Sep 2015  #19
Yes, Roger, most probably among the very best we have ever read in PF! However is Dominic .... wrong? ;)
Ziemowit 9 | 2,915    
22 Sep 2015  #20
Should they dare spending a couple of minutes on the net, they would realize that the majority of Poles make and have to manage on peanuts.

If you say so, why do you insist all the time in other threads that Poland should receive and support thousands of refugees and immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa?

No, Dominic, Roger and InPolska. It is deragotory and is in a sense rather racist towards the OP who wants to immigrate from a country poorer than Poland to Poland and genuinely wants to ask about his true perspectives. And someone who says it is "the very best they have ever heard on the PF", must feel no compassion whatsoever for immigrants or refugees.
apollo721    
29 Jan 2018  #21
Merged:

Is a net salary of 6400PLN per month good to live in Lodz?



Hello All,

I have received a job offer in Lodz for a net salary of 6400PLN per month. Will it be enough for a good life in Lodz. How is the cost of living in Lodz.

Thank you!
cms 9 | 1,301    
29 Jan 2018  #22
It's low and for that money if you are on your own you can live pretty well
apollo721    
29 Jan 2018  #23
@cms Yes I'm coming alone there. How much will be the rent for a single apartment.
Arivas1    
11 May 2018  #24
¡Hello everyone!

I'm about to receive an employment offer from Clarient @ Lodz,
¿How much should I consider to start with negotiation?
I am a young man with a young wife currently living at Mexico, I would consider this offer to have the chance to emigrate to europe and start a professional life there.

¿What would you recommend me?

Thank you.
Arivas1    
15 May 2018  #25
Merged:

Cost Of Living Lodz from Mexico



¡Hello everyone!

I'm about to receive an employment offer @ Lodz in the financial area of a Global Shared Services Center.

¿How much should I consider to start with negotiation?

I am a young man with a young wife currently living at Mexico (24 years old),

They offered me to start with the work Visa process, 7 night at hotel to get a room by myself and all the relocation expenses.

I would consider this offer to have the chance to emigrate to europe and start a professional life there.

¿What would you recommend me?

Thank you.



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