Old-age bridging pensions

The right to an old-age 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.

In 2016 the old-age bridging pensions were paid to an average of ca 17.5 thousand pensioners, and the average amount of the pension was PLN 2,463.94.

The expenditure on old-age bridging pensions in 2016 was PLN 516,886.4 thousand.


(Note: 1 EUR = ca 4.26 PLN)