Poland's minimum wage to go up 7.5 pct in 2022, minister announces

Poland's minimum wage will go up by 7.5 percent in 2022, the family and social policy minister told PAP after Tuesday's cabinet sitting.

Marlena Malag said the 2022 minimum wage will be PLN 210 (EUR 46.1) higher than this year's, and will amount to PLN 3,010 (EUR 660.7). Malag said this was a 7.5-percent rise on 2021’s PLN 2,800 (EUR 614.6).

Malag added that the increase will provide households with an extra PLN 4.6 billion (EUR 1 billion), and that should lead to a tangible improvement in their finances. She added that successive hikes have raise Poland's minimum wage by 72 percent since 2015.

"We want the minimum wage to grow systematically. We are trying to keep it above inflation to ensure the best possible living conditions for Poles," Malag said.

"Over the last seven years, the minimum wage has grown by 58 percent," Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote, adding that this increase had improved the living standards of millions of Polish families.

"These years have been marked by huge successes and Poland's economic growth," Morawiecki said, praising the fiscal policy conducted by his government.

"We have ambitious goals for the coming years and we will do everything to make the wages of Poles continue to grow quickly," he stated.