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Salary for a senior software engineer in Poland


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19 Mar 2017  #121

Ong i used to get in trouble for not coming home till night. In trouble for going out in snowstorms. In trouble for paddling a styrofoam boat acrros the oder. In trouble for going into bunkers, scating on frozen lakes, playing on the army base. Aliens.

peter_olsztyn Activity: 5 / 1,006
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19 Mar 2017  #122

With the 7.5k-8K zloty gross for a single person, how much would I be saving at the end of each month?

If you are really tough guy you can save about 2000zł

I have never been to Poland.

That's a pity.
fappper  
19 Mar 2017  #123

@peter_olsztyn I don't party, drink or smoke. I prefer quality food (nothing fancy or resturants - may be once or twice in a month I eat out).

I usually buy new cloths after 4-5 months.

I just need a good internet connection (anything with 8-12MB speed is good enough), heat and electricity.


I don't watch TV since I watch movies and TV shows on my computer.

How much would I save if I live in a studio appartment i-e; 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom & 1 kitchen & do stuff that I mentioned above?

The employer has offered me7.5K but I'm trying to extend it to 8.5-9K.

I want to save at least 3000-3500 zloty a month.
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19 Mar 2017  #124

Sorry if i was rude about the nasty pollen. It just seems funny to me that a plant actually effect anyone aside from providing oxygen. I guess some people have evolved to concrete living. No disrespect intended.
fappper  
19 Mar 2017  #125

@Marsupial It's perfectly fine. Actually developing allergies has nothing to do with lifestyle or place of living. In fact where I currently live is riddled with trees and dust.

Can you please provide some information regarding the last question I asked. That would be really helpful.
peter_olsztyn Activity: 5 / 1,006
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19 Mar 2017  #126

The employer has offered me7.5K but I'm trying to extend it to 8.5-9K.I want to save at least 3000-3500 zloty a month.

8K gross is 5640 netto, You will spend about 2000 for a flat, 700 for food, 70 for internet 120 Mb/s, 50 - 100 mobile phone. It may be difficult to save 3000zł.
fappper  
19 Mar 2017  #127

@peter_olsztyn Thanks for your valuable feedback. Does this 2000 zloty amount for a 1 bedroom,1 bathroom & 1 kitchen apartment includes electricity, water, heat and misc cost for living in Poznan, Poland?
DominicB Activity: - / 1,606
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20 Mar 2017  #128

@fappper

If you're hoping on saving 3000 to 3500 PLN a month, then you're barking up the wrong tree in considering Poland, where savings potential is very low.

Your BASIC costs per month will be:

Off the top, your relocation costs: travel to and from your home country, visa and residency permit. This has to be deducted from your monthly wage, as it is a cost associated with working in Poland.

Housing: 2000 PLN all inclusive (rent, fees and all utilities except internet/phone/TV).

Everyday living expenses (food, household supplies, cell phone and transportation): at least 1000 PLN a month for a rather frugal lifestyle for a non-smoking, non-drinking, non-dating single person that cooks all meals at home from in-season local ingredients). Considerably more if you want a better quality of life.

That's about 4000 PLN right there, without expenses like clothing and shoes, travel and entertainment.

So if you wanted to save 3500 PLN a month, you would have to earn at least 8000 PLN a month net, or 12,000 gross.
fappper  
20 Mar 2017  #129

@DominicB I have asked my employer about the studio apartment, food and misc costs per month and he has quoted that

an apartment costs around 500-700 zloty
Electricity, Heat & other bills cost 200 zloty
He didn't mention anything about Food costs though
Mobile costs are around 50 zloty
He says internet is already available in mobile costs.

Should I believe him? Is the apartment, bills and other costs he has mentioned are correct?
Atch Activity: 8 / 1,300
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20 Mar 2017  #130

Firstly Fapper Poles don't use the term 'bedroom'. They describe apartments by the number of rooms apart from kitchen and bathroom, so you're looking in local language for a one room apartment which is how they describe a studio.

Sorry but your employer is talking rubbish. Here's a link to a Polish website showing 1 room apartments in Poznań. As you can see one of the cheapest is 700zł but if you click on the ad you'll see that there's a czynsz of 400. The cynsz is a service charge which usually covers water, rubbish collection and sometimes central heating. It's often very high. The czynsz is always going to be at least 400 on top of the advertised rent. So your total cost will be 1100 per month. There is also what they call 'minor charges' for electricity and gas every two months. Beware of such vague contracts. The minor charges can turn out to be considerably more than minor and you're locked into a lease agreement.

otodom.pl/wynajem/mieszkanie/poznan/?search%5Bfilter_enum_rooms_num%5D%5B0%5D=1&search%5Bdescription%5D=1&search%5Bdist%5D=0
fappper  
20 Mar 2017  #131

@Atch So you mean that if he pays me 7.5k Gross per month, I won't be able to live a handsome/respectable life? What do you think I would be able to save at the end of the month if I don't drink, smoke or party?
Ziemowit Activity: 7 / 2,252
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20 Mar 2017  #132

There is also what they call 'minor charges' for electricity and gas every two months. Beware of such vague contracts.

But these charges are paid accordingly to the reading of the meters. If the charges "turn out to be considerably more than the minor", it means the person uses a lot of gas or electricity.
fappper  
20 Mar 2017  #133

@Ziemowit I'm extremely confused now. What will be rent of a 30m2 1 bedroom apartment including the electricity, rubbish collection, heat, wifi and furniture?
Atch Activity: 8 / 1,300
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20 Mar 2017  #134

The problem is that it's hard to determine exactly how much you'll pay for rent and bills as sometimes the cynsz covers gas and electricity and sometimes it doesn't. But you would certainly need to budget around 1500 per month for rent and bills. Food, I suppose a thousand would cover it and allow another 200 for internet, phone and transport. So your bare minimum expenses at just survival level each month would be 2,700. You can save whatever is left over but you will have to dip into it at some point for clothes (especially for the Polish winter), maybe a vist to the dentist or doctor or some other emergency. You certainly won't live a 'handsome' life and bear in mind you will be living alone in a foreign country so add that to lack of money and you have a recipe for quite a miserable existence. Peter Olsztyn was pretty much spot on when he said if you're very tough you could save 2,000zł. No matter how many times you ask the same question, you'll keep getting the same answer because it's the truth! You're being offered a very low salary for somebody with five years experience. My advice would be that if you're not in urgent need of changing your present job, keep searching until somebody offers you 10,000 gross.
Ziemowit Activity: 7 / 2,252
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20 Mar 2017  #135

It depends on the contract. The czynsz may be either included in the rent or not The czynsz is typically included, so it is the owner who pays it, thus he adds this to the amount of the rent. It shshould be inscribed into the contract.
fappper  
20 Mar 2017  #136

@Atch so this means I should decline his offer or ask him for 6500 net or 9000+ gross for living handsomely.

What I have taken from this discussion is the monthly cost for a 30m2 apartment, food, internet, mobile services, transportation and misc, I will spending around 3000-3500 zloty if I am really tough on myself or 4000 zloty if I live a little better life.
Atch Activity: 8 / 1,300
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20 Mar 2017  #137

The czynsz may be either included in the rent or not

I'm afraid that will confuse the OP even further! The bottom line is that when you go to a website and look at details for an apartment they usually show two separate figures, one for rent and the other for czynsz and the two added together is what the tenant will have to pay each month.

@ Fappper, yes, as the job is advertised at 9,000-10,000 zł then I would say definitely press for the 9,000. Now the thing is obviously I haven't seen your CV, don't know your skill set and I don't know how you answered the interview questions or whether they gave you a techincal test and if so, how you did. Any of those things could have influenced their offer of 7.5. Perhaps they really feel that it's a fair offer, but they could just be trying it on to see how cheap they can get you. Polish employers are not generous even with their own so don't take it too personally :)

If the offer falls through, then as I say, keep looking and if you keep getting the same low offers, then maybe look at your skills and consider adding to them in your spare time by teaching yourself another programming language or something.
fappper  
20 Mar 2017  #138

@Atch I have 5 years experience in Software Engineering with several popular apps. I cleared all the tests and techincal assignments with flying colors. All the questions in the interview went extremely smooth.

I didn't quote the salary amount myself. At first they quoted 3000zloty then they bumped it upto 6500 zloty and now they have bumped it upto 7500zloty. I have asked for 9k-10k zloty.

I am quite aware of the low salary they are quoting and if they keep the offer to 7.5k then I know I won't be saving as much as I am saving in my home country. :)
Ziemowit Activity: 7 / 2,252
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20 Mar 2017  #139

At first they quoted 3000zloty then they bumped it upto 6500 zloty and now they have bumped it upto 7500zloty. I have asked for 9k-10k zloty

Now, that's pretty amusing. If they can increase their offer from 3,000 to 7,500, the company isn't particularly serious. You may well expect them to increase it yet another 2,5-fold now, that is to 18,750 zloty.
Atch Activity: 8 / 1,300
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20 Mar 2017  #140

Now that's very interesting. 3000 zł is an absolute joke. Clearly they underestimate your intelligence if they think they could get away with offering you peanuts like that so I'm not sure you'd be very happy working for them in any case. Just ask yourself, what sort of people are they to make an insulting offer like that? Anyway it sounds like you have every chance of getting a good job with a decent salary if you just keep plugging away at it. Good luck!
Ziemowit Activity: 7 / 2,252
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20 Mar 2017  #141

Good luck!

Now if he tells us the name of the company, we can investigate it a little further and tell the OP what sort of ******** it is. I agree that offering someone 3,000 while in reality they are prepared to offer 2,5 times more than that is a joke. I myself would stop talking to them at that point.
DominicB Activity: - / 1,606
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20 Mar 2017  #142

Should I believe him?

No. They are vastly underestimating the cost of the apartment, and not telling you about the hidden costs. First of all, good studio apartments (one-room apartments) are very hard to find. They are very much in demand, and the supply is not so good. Most of them that I have seen have kitchens that are basically useless, so that means that you will have a hard time cooking at home. A good studio apartment is going to cost from 1500 to 1800 PLN all inclusive (rent, hidden administration fees, and all utilities except internet/phone/TV). If it costs less than that, there is something wrong: bad kitchen, bad windows, bad location, bad neighbors, etc. That is why you need the help of an OLDER experienced Polish colleague to find a good apartment.

My guess is that you will not be able to find a good one-room apartment and will have to rent a good two-room apartment, which are much easier to find. The total cost for that will be between 1800 and 2200 PLN, all inclusive.

If you are making 7500 PLN gross, that means about 5000 PLN after taxes. After deducting the cost of your relocation, your apartment costs and your living expenses, the most you would be able to save is 1500 PLN, and that is if you live like a monk. You won't be satisfied with that lifestyle for long and so you will dip into those savings to avoid going crazy. Even then, it will not be a comfortable life.

Like I said, if you want to save 3500 PLN a month, you will need to earn 12,000 gross. I doubt an employer that initially offered you 3000 PLN is going to go that high. I would never work for an employer who made an initial offer of 3000 PLN. They are obviously either unethical, or just plain stupid, and it is not pleasant having either as an employer.

Again, if you are interested in saving money, Poland is not a country you should even be considering. Wages are very low, cost of living relative to wages is very high, and savings potential is downright abysmal.

You will never find a good job if you depend on recruiters and internet sites. Good jobs are advertised exclusively face-to-face in the real world. Recruiters and internet sites get the table scraps. If you want a good job, use your network of real-life contacts to find one, especially those people who have worked in richer countries where the savings potential is much higher than in Poland.

This job is not the dream job you are looking for. Stop wasting time on it and look for better opportunities elsewhere. They certainly exist.

As for pollen in Poland, it is a big problem. Often, there is so much pollen in the air that it forms patches on the roads and covers cars with a thick layer of "dust" after a rain. I was surprised when I first saw it. If pollen is a problem for you, then anywhere with wet weather is pretty much out of the question because of the abundant vegetation. Try to find a job in Saudi Arabia or the Emirates.
DavidZeal  
1 day ago  #143

Hi,
Have got an offer in Gdynia, Poland and will be moving once I get my VISA and work permit done.
I've gone through this forum and found it very helpful to know things, didn't find one thing here.
I would appreciate if someone can provide me some information about below questions-
May I please know, how much an apartment rent costs in Gdank or Gdynia. Looking for 1bedroom, living room, kitchen.?
And what is the best way to rent an apartment in these cities?
Whats the procedure of booking an apartment for rent - how much I need to pay in first month?
How much time does it take for getting VISA and work permit in General?
Can I apply for EU Blue card - I am from non-EU country.

Thanks in advance!




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