Wages in healthcare institutions that operate in the form of a budgetary unit are rising [PROJEKT] – Pulse of medicine

The Ministry of Health has announced increases for employees of medical entities operating in the form of a budget unit. This includes employees of the health center or employees of the prison system.

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The minimum rates of base salary in all ranks were increased by an equal amount of PLN 210.

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On July 8, the Center for Legislation of the National Government published a draft amendment to the regulation on remuneration conditions for the work of employees of medical entities operating in the form of a budget unit.

Among other things, the amendment to the regulation introduces change monthly basic salary rates (specified in Annex 1 to the Regulation).

Since the ministry justifies the change, the rate increase is necessary to offer employees of healthcare institutions that operate in the form of a budget unit from 1 January 2022 compensation in accordance with the regulation of the Council of Ministers of 14 September 2021 at the amount of the minimum wage for work and the minimum hourly rate in 2022, which is PLN 3010.

In addition, with regard to employees of medical entities operating in the form of a budget unit subordinate to the Minister of Justice, the amendment aims to adapt the monthly rates of the basic salary to the changes resulting from the salary increase referred to in the Act of 17 December 2021 establishing the “Program for the Modernization of the Police, Border Guard, State Fire Service and State Protection Service in 2022-2025”, establishing the “Program for the Modernization of Prisons in 2022-2025” and on the amendment of the Police Act and certain other laws.

The proposed regulation also takes into account the arrangements adopted by the government, representative trade unions and employers’ organizations in the forum of the Tripartite Team for Health Protection in the position of November 5, 2021. On May 26, 2022, the Sejm of the The Republic of Poland passed the law amending the law on the method of determining the lowest base salary of some employees working in health care institutions and some other laws – it was recalled in the justification accompanying the draft.

According to the appendix to the project, the minimum rates of base salary in all ranks are increased by an equal amount of 210 PLN, while the maximum rates of base salary were increased by the amount from 710 PLN to 2,470 PLN in separate rank categories.

Base salary increase in each rank

The minimum amounts of the basic salary in categories I to XX are from PLN 2.810 to PLN 3.190, while the maximum amount of the base salary from PLN 3.550 to PLN 9250. This means an increase in base salary in each rank:

  • by about 25% in grades I and II,
  • by about 27% in grades III, IV and IX,
  • by about 29% in the 5th and 16th grade categories,
  • by about 30% in 6th and 10th grade,
  • by about 36% in group 7,
  • by about 31% in grade VIII,
  • by about 53% in class XI (highest increase),
  • by about 48% in class XII,
  • by about 51% in class 13,
  • by about 40% in 14th grade,
  • with about 35% in the 15th grade category,
  • by about 23% in 17th grade
  • by about 15% in grades 18 to 20.

The Ministry of Health points out that the increase in the upper limits of monthly base salaries will also make it possible to set base salaries from July 1, 2022 in accordance with the increased work rates specified in the annex to the law of June 8, 2017, and established in the function of the Tripartite Team for Care of November 5, 2021, after making binding on the legislative path (as a result of the amendment of the law of June 8, 2017 on the method of determining the lowest basic salary of some employees of healthcare institutions) – the law of 26 May 2022 amending the law on the method of determining the lowest basic salary of certain employees employed in healthcare institutions and certain other laws.

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The minimum wage applies regardless of the proposed change

In its justification, the Ministry emphasizes that increasing the minimum rates of basic salaries as mentioned in Annex 1 to the draft regulation will not be an isolated reason to increase the salaries. The obligation to increase the remuneration of employees of healthcare institutions that operate in the form of a budget unit as of 1 January 2022 results from the provisions on the general minimum wage. Therefore, even if there is no legislative work on the draft regulation, employers (health care institutions operating in the form of a budget unit) are obliged to fix workers’ salaries at a level not lower than the minimum wage from 1 January 2022 for activities mentioned in the regulations of the Council of Ministers of 14 September 2021, ie PLN 3010.

Source: Draft regulation of the Minister of Health amending the regulation on remuneration conditions for the work of employees of medical entities operating in the form of a budget unit

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