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The working hours in Poland are 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. 

Here you can learn about: 

  • When do you work overtime in Poland?
  • What are the regulations for the number of hours, you can work overtime? 
  • What are the rates for overtime payment?

When do you work overtime in Poland?  
In Poland you work 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. Every hour you work more than 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week counts as overtime work. 

Regulation of overtime working 
According the Polish Labour Law, you are not allowed to work more than 8 hours extra hours per week and a maximum of 150 hours overtime per year.

When are you entitled to overtime payment?  
The right to overtime payment should be noted in your contract. Check out here what a contract should include. https://www.agriworker.eu/en/polska/working-conditions-menu/contract  

What are the rates for overtime payment?
After working 8 hours a day, you are entitled to 50% extra of the standard wage for every hour you work overtime. 

Overtime at nights and Sundays and holidays

When you work overtime on Sundays and holidays, you are entitled to 100% extra of your pay.

Working at night after 21.00
If you work at night between 21:00 and 6:00 you must receive 20% extra payment.

During a normal working day, your lunch break is not paid. However, if you work outdoors your employer should provide you with a warm meal and something to drink. If you don’t receive a meal and a drink, you should be paid 30 zł equivalent. 

If you work 6 hours, you are entitled to a 15-minute break. This break is included in your pay and working hours. 

Learn more about:

Through the union or advice centres you can find out if you are paid a better wage if you are part of a collective agreement.