According to the regulations, the Cabinet is scheduled to submit to the Council for Social Dialogue (RDS) a proposal for the amount of the minimum wage for work and the minimum hourly wage by June 15.
“We want a draft minimum wage in 2024 on the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers next week, and it can be presented at the Cabinet meeting on June 13,” the head of the Ministry of Family informed. .
“The minimum salary next year will be above PLN 4.2 thousand,” Malik said.
As I announced, also in 2024, the minimum benefits will be indexed twice – starting January 1 and July 1.
“The idea of valorizing the minimum wage is to ensure that Poles who receive the least benefits have the opportunity to live in dignity. Let me remind you that in 2017 we introduced hourly wage guarantees for some civil law contracts” – emphasized the head of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy.
It reported that about 3 million Poles currently receive the minimum wage in Poland.
The minister indicated that when determining the benefit amount, the government takes into account both the expectations of the social aspect and employers. “The trade unions choose that this minimum benefit should be as high as possible. On the other hand, employers look from the perspective of investing in people and the costs they incur. Therefore, the decision in this matter must be responsible” – Malog emphasized.
She noted that the decision on the minimum wage mainly affects small and medium-sized businesses, which are the largest in Poland.
As of January 1, the minimum wage for work has increased to PLN 3,490. This is the first increase in the minimum wage this year. The next one is scheduled for July. The benefits will then amount to PLN 3,600. In turn, the minimum hourly rates have increased from January 1, 2023 to PLN 22.80 per hour, and from July 1 they will amount to PLN 23.50 per hour.
The law guarantees an annual increase in the amount of the minimum wage not less than the increase in the total prices of consumer goods and services expected for a given year. At the same time, if in the first quarter of the year in which the negotiations take place the minimum wage is less than half of the average wage in the national economy, this guarantee is additionally increased by 2/3 of the forecast real GDP growth rate.
In addition, if the actual price increase in the previous year differs from expectations, the law provides for the application of a correction mechanism (the application of a verification indicator in relation to the amount of the minimum wage applied in a given year to the difference between the actual and expected price increase in the previous year)
The Minister of the Family explained that when calculating the minimum wage in 2024, the following factors will be taken into account: The amount of the benefit after the July increase, i.e. 3,600 PLN.
Malej noted that the minimum wage in 2015 was PLN 1,750. “In 2023, after the July increase, it will be 3,600 PLN. This is a 100% increase in this benefit,” – the minister noted.
She explained that the ministry is also working on implementing the EU Directive on an appropriate minimum wage in the European Union. It sets out the procedural requirements for the adequacy of the statutory minimum wage, which should be provided for by national law.
“Experts are now working to propose directions for the implementation of this directive. We also asked the social side and employers if they have any specific proposals. We will look into it. We will provide a ready solution in October,” she said.
The minister also commented on the idea of introducing a single minimum wage for all EU countries. According to the head of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, it is impossible to offer such a solution.
“The economic situation of the EU countries is different, which is why I believe that each country should independently determine the amount of the minimum wage. It is not possible for all EU countries to have a single amount. Rules for assessing the adequacy of the minimum wage, which is related to economic development and inflation, But the same pay in all countries is an impossible solution “- said Maląg.