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Senior Business Analyst moving to Pila, Greater Poland in April - Need Advice


djvickyy
29 Dec 2016 #1
Hi all,

I've scanned the forums for information on Pila located in Greater Poland as I have been assigned a job starting from April 2017 and will be relocating from India. I am planning to travel alone. I have around 10 years of experience as a business analyst and will be relocating through my Software company based out of India. I have a few questions in this regard:

The salary that I have been offered as a base income is close to 141,000 PLN, and an annual housing allowance of 20,000 PLN on top. In addition, I will be given a one time relocation amount of 15,000. So my monthly gross salary comes up to around 9100 PLN (minus 32% taxes).

My questions are
1) Is this a comfortable enough salary to live in Pila and do a bit of sight seeing every couple of months ? I feel that for the experience I have, I am getting underpaid. (I am currently earning around 10000PLN in India per month (Software income + DJ income over weekends)). The only plus point of moving to Pila would be the fixed work hours (8) and the work exposure as well as the ability to travel around a bit (and maybe make some extra income on djing too).

2) How is Pila as a place (accomodation, people etc.) ? Very tough to find information on the internet about it.

Thanks for all your help in advance.
Rajeev
DominicB - | 2,709
29 Dec 2016 #2
1) Is this a comfortable enough salary to live in Pila and do a bit of sight seeing every couple of months ?

Yep. You'll have no problems living comfortably on that as long as you avoid the Unholy Trinity: Alcohol, Tobacco and Girls. Live clean and you'll live well.

I feel that for the experience I have, I am getting underpaid.

At $37,000 US a year, that's less than half of what you would make in the States or in a richer country, but about the best you can expect for Poland unless you have senior management or administration experience.

How is Pila as a place? Very tough to find information on the internet about it.

There's no point in making this sound good, but I believe the first word that would enter anyone's head when they hear "Piła" is "boring", followed by "dull", "dull" and more "dull". It's a small, subprovincial outpost in the middle of nowhere with little going for it. Not the worst place in Poland, but not in the top or second tier. Just boringly average, and as remote as you can possibly get in western Poland.

Biggest challenge you will face is that you will have to travel two hours to Poznań for anything resembling culture.

Biggest advantage is that the cost of living is lower than in the big popular cities, so your money will go further.

One word of advice: travel mostly in Eastern Europe, and avoid the very costly West, ESPECIALLY London and Paris, which are just outrageously expensive. There are lots of cool places to see in the Eastern European countries, including in Poland. You could spend two comfortable weeks in any of them for the same money you would spend on a frugal weekend in London or Paris.


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