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4,000 zl in Piła as a teacher - enough to live?


Guest
25 Feb 2013  #1
Hi readers,

I have found a job in Piła with a contract of 4,000 zl gross a month and I was wondering if it is enough to live decently here (Piła is in the greater Poland, 2 hours by train from Poznan).

Also, do you know if there is any school which teaches Polish to foreigners here?

Thanks a lot for your help.
Polson 5 | 1,771
25 Feb 2013  #2
Well, should be enough for a decent flat and 'normal' life I guess.
But wait for more opinions. Maybe from people from around that place ;)
terri 1 | 1,620
25 Feb 2013  #3
I assume that you only get 60% of the gross = 2,400 PLN - not exceedingly high, but could do it.
OP Guest
25 Feb 2013  #4
Really? 40% on taxes?
According to

calculatenetsalary.com/calculate-net-salary-in-poland.html

I should get around 3,280 which seems fairly higher than 2,400 zl :)
scottie1113 7 | 898
25 Feb 2013  #5
I should get around 3,280 which seems fairly higher than 2,400 zl :)

Tax is 19%, so you're right. You can live on that but you also have to pay for a flat and related expenses, so take that into consideration before you accept the offer. That's more than I mad during my first year in Poland and I was OK with it.

Good luck to you, whatever you decide.
thetenminuteman 1 | 80
25 Feb 2013  #6
I should get around 3,280 which seems fairly higher than 2,400 zl :)

You're not accounting for social insurance deductions.

Tax is 19%, so you're right.

Income tax is, yes. But ZUS payments will also take up some of that, to give him an effective tax rate of around 35%.
scottie1113 7 | 898
25 Feb 2013  #7
True, if he has to pay ZUS. I don't know his situation so I can't comment on that.
local_fela 17 | 172
26 Feb 2013  #8
4,000 zl gross a month and I was wondering if it is enough to live decently here

yes! it will be enough to live a normal life and save some too. my ex gf was earning around 4100zl and after tax she was coming out with a net of around 2800zl-2900zl as of last year. So with 4000zl, you should be taking home app. 2700zl.

Currently, living in Krakow I personally spend like around 2500zl- rent, food, travelling, daily shopping, tobacco, other things and including every weekend out. I bet that in Pila, it will be way cheaper.
thetenminuteman 1 | 80
26 Feb 2013  #9
Currently, living in Krakow I personally spend like around 2500zl- rent, food, travelling, daily shopping, tobacco, other things and including every weekend out. I bet that in Pila, it will be way cheaper.

On the other hand, there's absolutely nothing to do in Pila.
jasondmzk
26 Feb 2013  #10
There's nothing to do in Pila, Wro is a village, Americans and Germans are hilarious, and you have the gall to call ME judgmental. Hypocrisy is stunningly insidious here. You aren't even a native. You're here to fix networks or something dreary like that. You're in no position to decide what's what about anything in Poland, really. You keep those servers online, and leave the anthropology to the academics, okay?
OP Guest
27 Feb 2013  #11
There's nothing to do in Pila

Me - Warsaw guy confirm. There's nothing to do in Pila.
jasondmzk
27 Feb 2013  #12
There's nothing to do in Pila.

Boring people look for fun, awesome people bring it.
local_fela 17 | 172
27 Feb 2013  #13
true mate! but mastubating with both hands, you cant say that you are having a threesome! can ya! ;)
thetenminuteman 1 | 80
27 Feb 2013  #14
There's nothing to do in Pila, Wro is a village, Americans and Germans are hilarious, and you have the gall to call ME judgmental. Hypocrisy is stunningly insidious here. You aren't even a native. You're here to fix networks or something dreary like that. You're in no position to decide what's what about anything in Poland, really. You keep those servers online, and leave the anthropology to the academics, okay?

Oh Jason. If you had ever actually been to Piła, you'd know that almost anyone that can escape does escape. There's nothing there, it's a small city 2 hours away from the provincial capital and feels like it. It's not a bad place for bringing up children, but a terrible place if you want any sort of excitement. It doesn't help that the road connections are pretty poor and that there's no prospect of them improving any time soon.

I don't live far from Piła, so I know a thing or two about it. It's not a place for a foreigner who wants to live his life.


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