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Cost of living in Gdańsk, average salary for experienced software engineer in Poland


jilsyd 1 | 5
5 Aug 2015  #1
Hello everyone,

I'm Jilani from India. I'm in the process of getting a job in Gdańsk as a software engineer. I will be joining as intermediate experienced software engineer. They would be offering me 6300 złoty per month before tax. I would like to know if this is the average salary for experienced software engineer and would it be enough to live in Gdańsk. I would like to negotiate the salary if I know the average salary.

I heard Gdańsk is one of the costly cities in Poland. Is it true?

How much would be to rent a 1 bed apartment in or around City center?

How much would be rough monthly cost of living for bills?

Is it hard to find Indian spices in Gdańsk?

Thank you All.
Nathans
6 Aug 2015  #2
If you don't have a family then 6300 PLN will be surely be enough for you. I doubt Gdańsk is any costlier than other big cities in Poland like Warsaw, Wrocław, or Poznań (maybe with an exception of the summer months, ie. Jun-Aug, where apartment rent prices may be higher due to more tourists near the Baltic sea). 1-bed apartment in the city could cost you 1000-1400PLN (the cheapest would be living in a hostel, but it's not advised unless you're a student ;). Note that utilities/electricity is not included in the rent price, but they could cost you about $400-$800 depending on how much electricity (the highest ticket item in utilities) you use.

Regarding Indian spices, be proactive and take as much as you can with you, but there are specialty stores to buy Indian/oriental spices (their quality may be a little questionable though).
OP jilsyd 1 | 5
6 Aug 2015  #3
Thank you for your response.

Most of my concerns are cleared. But I would like to know what is the average pay for experienced IT professional. Anyone in IT field can put some light on it. so I can negotiate with the company.

And how cold it gets in winter at Gdask? I read somewhere it gets close to -35 degrees in winter. is it?
InPolska 11 | 1,821
6 Aug 2015  #4
@Jil: no, it does not get to -35 in Gdansk. It is very cold like that only in the East of Poland and not always For me, the hardest in winter in Poland is not the cold but it is the lack of light and it's awful. Days get short as of October and for instance around mid-November, it's already night at 3.30. Days are short and nights are long for about 5 months per year and it is very hard.

With your salary, you'll be more than alright. Be in mind that most Poles make no more than peanuts.
Roger5 1 | 1,458
6 Aug 2015  #5
It is very cold like that only in the East of Poland

True, but it was +32 yesterday here in the east, and one forecast says it will be +35 at the weekend. Horrible. Too hot to eat, too hot to go out, too hot to...do all kinds of things.
OP jilsyd 1 | 5
6 Aug 2015  #6
@Roger5 comparing the summer climate in Poland with Hyderabad, India, I would take +32 c anyday. Here it gets to +45 in April/May.
Roger5 1 | 1,458
6 Aug 2015  #7
That would kill me for sure! You'll need warm clothes and boots, but they are not too expensive here. When are you coming? Bring spices with you. It's not easy to find authentic goods here, e.g. hing.

the lack of light and it's awful

Yes, that's tough, especially when you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. You need to keep active and plan lots of things to do in order to keep yourself occupied, and that's not a problem in the Tri-city area. Good luck.
OP jilsyd 1 | 5
6 Aug 2015  #8
@Roger5 I would know in few days about the job offer. With Visa and all other formalities, it will take couple of months for sure.

I lived in UK for 3 years and I know how the winter feels. Long cold dark nights. In UK, I never seen the temperature going below -5. I'm just worried about the chilly weather in Poland.
Roger5 1 | 1,458
6 Aug 2015  #9
These look good.

natco-online.com
spicesofindia.co.uk/acatalog

Don't worry about the cold. Flats are warm, and if you are cold, put on more layers. What can you do when it's too hot?
InPolska 11 | 1,821
6 Aug 2015  #10
@Roger: it is not normal to have + 32, 35... in Poland and it does not happen more than for a few days every summer.

As to flats being warm, it is a problem because it's dry Inside and I get lung infections every winter ;). My solution (since last winter): NO heating at home and I'm not sick ;)
OP jilsyd 1 | 5
6 Aug 2015  #11
Any idea about Indian community in and around Gdańsk ?

Any Racism towards Indians in Gdańsk?
InPolska 11 | 1,821
6 Aug 2015  #12
@Jil: People in Gdansk are not any special. You may know winters in England but in Poland, it's much colder (and darker).

@Roger: yes, the only thing is to get busy (no problem for me as I work like a horse, outside of summer) otherwise easy to become an alcoholic or depressed. At first, I suffered a lot living all day like in the middle of the night, with the artiticial light on all day. A lot of Poles cannot get used to it and are very depressed in winter.
cinek 2 | 337
6 Aug 2015  #13
Days are short and nights are long for about 5 months per year

On the other hand, days are long and nights short for the other 5 months, what is nice :-)

Cinek
cjj - | 281
6 Aug 2015  #14
They would be offering me 6300 złoty per month before tax.

That salary isn't anything special for the industry but then again how many years of experiene do you actually have - what are your core skills ? You can PM me if you wish.

/cjj
OP jilsyd 1 | 5
6 Aug 2015  #15
@cjj I have 3+ years of experience and its in Game development.
GDA123
24 Aug 2015  #16
Hi jilsyd,

I work in Gdansk, in a large company. 6300 is really few. 3 years of experience is not a lot of years, but 8k should be easy enough.

I know in my company 6k ish is common for entry guys in QA(maybe less when they are contractors), but no senior QA makes less than 7k, and I doubt any dev makes less than 8.

As of now, i have 4 years of dev (jack of all trades, no real expertise), 9.5K, senior dev. It should be possible to get from 1 to 3k more if you have knowledge in relevant Hadoop ecosystem.
Ilan - | 2
23 Sep 2015  #17
hi everyone,

I got a job in poland with the salary of 9200 pln/month. I am expected to get in-hand salary ~5400 pln/month after all benefits, insurance, pensions etc. I want to know is this in-hand salary is sufficient for monthly expenditure and savings.

Need kind suggestions.

Thanks
DominicB - | 2,671
23 Sep 2015  #18
I want to know is this in-hand salary is sufficient for monthly expenditure and savings.

For a single male with a modest lifestyle, yes. For a couple, it would have to be a very modest lifestyle. For a family, that's poverty wages.

If saving a substantial amount of money is a priority for you, then no. It's nowhere near enough. Even for a single male living a very frugal cabbage and potatoes lifestyle, you would have difficulty saving up 2000 PLN a month, and even 1000 PLN would require discipline. Poland is not the place to come if you need to save up a substantial amount of money or pay debts.

Generally, the biggest problems with working in Poland are very low wages, rather high cost of living compared to wages, and very, very low savings potential. If you got a job in a richer country like Germany, the UK or the US, you would easily be able to SAVE as much as you EARN overall in Poland. I suggest you focus on looking for work in a richer country.
Ilan - | 2
23 Sep 2015  #19
@DominicB, thanks for your superlative suggestions.
Against Ntivity
4 Dec 2015  #21
Dominic B,
I wonder what is wrong with you? Do you hate foreigner who wants to come in Poland? It is such a nice country and 5400 zl after tax is more than enough salary for a guy in Poland. How much is he gonna spend paying his rent, utility and food? Poland has a record of law cost society. Rent is 6 times cheaper here than UK what more you want?
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,671
4 Dec 2015  #22
If you got a job in a richer country like Germany, the UK or the US, you would easily be able to SAVE as much as you EARN

i think you are living in lala land if you really think that people could SAVE the equivalent of over 6000 zlots a month while working in eg London.

Check out the price of a rented room or small flat if you don't believe me.
Dougpol1 30 | 2,928
4 Dec 2015  #23
Rent is 6 times cheaper here than UK what more you want?

Cough. Are you a troll?
The OP really doesn't want to be paying more than 25 per cent of his net salary in rent and services, if he is to have any standard of living to speak of. As a half decent flat plus bills will set him back 1600-1800 a month, then I believe that even a child can work out that the OP is only really winning by my subjective model when he is clearing more than 7,200 zl in his pocket (his bank account - but you get the idea)

Now please stop commenting on something that you clearly know nowt about,
9to9
29 Dec 2015  #24
Can we get Rajnigandha pan masala in GDANSK
Anyone has any clue ?

Pls respond at your earliest
Harry
29 Dec 2015  #25
Can we get Rajnigandha pan masala in GDANSK

I'd be surprised if you could buy it from a shop in Gdansk but I expect these people could send you some: littleindia.pl
RaviK
30 Dec 2015  #26
Merged: New opportunity in Gdańsk,poland

Hi,

I am working on an opportunity with a software company and I am the first time relocating to poland. Firstly I am not aware of how much can I expect as monetary salary per month with a experience level of 5+ years ?

I am doing on a trending technology ( Hope if that can also add advantage to my expectation ).

Secondly I am not aware of how much will it be required to manage a family of 2 (including me) in Gdańsk. ?

Any leads can help me to get answer to these two questions.
Firstly I am not aware of how much can I expect as monetary salary per month with a experience level of 5+ years ?
Secondly I am not aware of how much will it be cost to manage a family of 2 (including me) in Gdańsk. ?

Thus I can make my plan accordingly. I am also looking for some good saving too.
PolishSausage
30 Dec 2015  #27
RaviK, where are you from? First time I see this kind of English. Definitely doesn't look like Indian.

Now to your questions - to evaluate the salary that you might be expecting more information is definitely needed. What line of work are you in? What exactly is the "trending technology" you are mentioning?
prithvi
16 Jun 2016  #28
Merged: Cost of living in Gdansk

Hi ALL,
i am planning to move to Gdansk.
My requirements are
1- 1 room with washroom/shared will also work(including electricity internet water cooking gas)
2- vegetarian food decent quality normal outside food
3- gym
4- transport

can somebody tell me the cost of the above things.

Thanks!!
Abhinav Malviya
Rajveer
22 Jun 2016  #29
Merged: 12000 pln gross in Gdansk - how much I will be able to save.

Hi All,
I am an indian and i have been offered a gross salary of 12000 in gdansk poland. Iinitialy i will be getting 8400 Net Salary and once i m on any project then i would be getting around 9200 PLN.

I am an indian, Single and my primary objective is to send around 1.2 lakh INR(7000 PLN) back home.
May i know how much i would be able to save and if my primary objective is achievable or not.
Kindly help me out with your kind opinions and Indians staying in poland please do comment on this thread.
terri 1 | 1,620
22 Jun 2016  #30
First you have to live somewhere, you have to pay bills and you have to eat. I'm not quite sure about your net calculations (so will check it myself and let you know).

One thing is for sure, out of 8,4K you cannot send home 7K - as that would mean living on 1.4K - this is impossible to achieve.

I had a look at a calculation site. You net for the year will be 98,511 which is approx. 8,150 pln.
money.pl/podatki/calculatory/plac - if it works...in calkulator wynagrodzen.
When doing calculations remember that the first rate of tax only applies up to a certain amount, then the higher rate kicks in.

You cannot count on 'promised' money - because if that doesn't materialize you will be stuck.

There have been threads here on living in Gdansk and cost of apartments/places. Do your research thoroughly.


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