The structure of ZUS

The organisation, operation and financing of the Social Insurance Institution is governed by the Act of 13 October 1998 on the social insurance system.

The activities of the Social Insurance Institution are managed by its President. The President is appointed and dismissed by the President of the Council of Ministers at the request of the minister in charge of social security. Before applying for the appointment, the minister must consult the ZUS Supervisory Board.

ZUS President heads the Management Board consisting of 2–4 members. They are appointed and dismissed by ZUS Supervisory Board at the request of ZUS President.

The Supervisory Board is a consultative and decision-making body. It is appointed for a 5-year term by the Prime Minister. Members of the Supervisory Board are delegated by social dialogue partners. These are representatives of the government, trade union organisations, employers’ organisations and a representative of pensioners’ organisations. The rules of functioning of the ZUS Supervisory Board result mainly from the Act of 13 October 1998 on the social insurance system and from the Regulation of the President of the Council of Ministers of 28 December 1998, which was issued on the basis of the Act.

The number of Board members depends on the number of representative (nationwide) employers’ and employees’ organisations existing at a given time. During the current term of office (October 2017 – October 2022) the number of Board members is eleven.

The current service of the insured persons is provided by employees of branches and their subordinate units.

ZUS organisational structure includes:

  • headquarters,
  • 43 branches,
  • 209 inspectorates,
  • 71 local offices.