Pre-retirement benefit

The entitlement to a pre-retirement benefit is exercised by a person who:

  • before the day of the termination of the employment or service relationship due to the liquidation or insolvency of the employer with whom s/he had been employed or remained in a service relationship during a period of not less than 6 months, had reached at least the age of 56 years (women) and 61 years (men) and had completed a period qualifying for an old-age pension of at least 20 years in the case of women and 25 years in the case of men, or
  • before the day of employment or service relationship termination for reasons attributable to the work establishment where s/he had been employed during a period of not less than 6 months, had reached at least the age of 55 years (women) and 60 years (men) and had completed a period qualifying for the an old-age pension of at least 30 years in the case of women and 35 years in the case of men, or
  • before the day of bankruptcy declaration had been running – within an uninterrupted period of not less than 24 months – a business activity outside of agriculture and had been paying the social insurance contributions for this period and – before the day of the bankruptcy declaration – had reached at least the age of 56 years (women) and 61 years (men) and had completed a period qualifying for an old-age pension of at least 20 years in the case of women and 25 years in the case of men, and had been paying the social insurance contributions for this period, or
  • registered in a competent poviat (district) labour office within 30 days from the day of the cessation of the disability pension entitlement, received during an uninterrupted period of at least 5 years, and before the day of the cessation of this entitlement had reached at least the age of 55 years (women) and 60 years (men) and had completed a period qualifying for an old-age pension of at least 20 years in the case of women and 25 years in the case of men, or
  • before the day of employment relationship termination for reasons concerning the work establishment where s/he had been employed during a period of not less than 6 months, had completed a period qualifying for an old-age pension, equal to at least 35 years in the case of women and 40 years in the case of men, or
  • before 31 December of the year preceding the termination of the employment or service relationship due to the liquidation or insolvency of the employer with whom s/he had been employed or remained in a service relationship for a period of not less than 6 months, had completed a period qualifying for an old-age pension of at least 34 years in the case of women and 39 years in the case of men.

A pre-retirement benefit is granted to a person meeting the aforementioned criteria after at least 6 months (180 days) of receiving the unemployment benefit, if s/he meets all of the following requirements:

  • is still registered as an unemployed person,
  • within the period of receiving unemployment benefit did not refuse, without justified reason, a proposal of suitable employment or other gainful work or subsidised jobs and public works,
  • files an application for a pre-retirement benefit within 30 days from the day of issue by the poviat (district) labour office of a document certifying the 6-month period of receiving unemployment benefit.

As from 1 March 2015 the amount of the pre-retirement benefit equals PLN 1,027.39 and is subject to periodic indexation.
In 2014, ZUS paid pre-retirements benefits to 167.6 thousand persons, to a total amount of PLN 2,047.9 million.
The benefits are financed by the Labour Fund.


(Note: 1 EUR = ca 4.32 PLN)