Located in Central Europe, the Republic of Poland is becoming a frequent destination for international assignees. Our latest Market Watch on Poland discusses the challenges that assignees may face when moving there.
Challenges for International Assignees
There is a distinct divide between availability of properties in major cities and the rest of the country, with the general rule being the smaller the city, the less housing available. Cities like Warsaw, Lodz, Wroclaw, and Krakow provide a good selection of expatriate accommodation, including apartments and houses. Outside of these metropolises, it is unusual for locals to rent a property, and this means it can be quite challenging to source appropriate expatriate housing. Regardless of where the property is, when compared with the rest of Central Europe, rental rates are very reasonable in Poland.
TIP! Assignees looking for a property outside of the major cities need to work closely with their destination service provider (DSP), who may source a property for sale and then contact the owner to see whether they would consider letting.
TIP! Another consideration is that landlords in Poland offer either fixed or indefinite leases. We recommend that assignees always opt for fixed agreements, as they provide far more security.
Poland has a well-developed public transport network in major cities. Assignees may use buses, trams, or trolleybuses (electric-powered trackless vehicles), and in Warsaw, there is an underground train network. Road infrastructure requires more development, however, as there is a limited motorway system and few dual carriageways.
TIP! With roads and public transport not as reliable outside city centres, assignees searching for a property in suburban areas should be mindful of the distance between their new home and workplace or school. Consider a pre-decision area orientation visit so that assignees and families have a good understanding of their possible commutes.
The official language is Polish, written in a modified Latin alphabet, not to be confused with the Cyrillic alphabet used in Russia. The majority of young people will be able to speak English, but assignees should not assume everyone is fluent.
TIP! Although it is not completely necessary to be fluent in Polish, according to the Cartus Intercultural and Language Solutions team, making the effort to learn basic phrases will enhance the assignee’s relocation experience. It may also help to build good working relationships with Polish colleagues.