Bridging old-age pensions

The right to a bridging pension is acquired by an insured person who meets jointly the following conditions:

  • was born after 31 December 1948,
  • has completed a period of employment in special conditions or of a special character of at least 15 years,
  • has reached at least the age of 55 years (women) and 60 years (men),
  • has completed the contributory and non-contributory period of at least 20 years for women and 25 years for men,
  • before 1 January 1999 performed work in special conditions or of a special character,
  • after 31 December 2008 performed work in special conditions or of a special character,
  • has terminated his or her employment relationship.

The pension amount is calculated in a similar way as the amount of the old-age pension awarded under the new rules. However, irrespective of the actual retirement age of a given person, the average life expectancy for persons aged 60 years is always taken into account.
The right to a bridging pension expires on the day preceding the day of acquiring the right to an old-age pension, and if the person concerned is not entitled to an
old-age pension – on the day preceding the statutory retirement age.
The bridging pensions are financed mainly by the State Budget. A part of the costs is covered by employers from the contribution remitted to the Bridging Pensions Fund (see item 4.3).
In 2014 the bridging pensions were paid to an average of ca 10.7 thousand retired persons, and the average amount of the pension was PLN 2,335.21.
The expenditure on bridging old-age pensions in 2014 was PLN 300,964.7 thousand.

 

(Note: 1 EUR = ca 4.32 PLN)