General information on topic

A posted worker works for a foreign enterprise and temporarily in Finland.

The new act on the posting of workers (447/2016) applies to the posted workers, as well as the old Posted Workers Act (1146/1999). The old act will still apply to posted workers when the new law comes into force, if they have been posted to Finland based on a contract concluded before 18.6.2016. The new act applies to posted workers poisto posted to Finland based on a contract concluded 18.6.2016 or after.

NOTE! The guidelines based on the application of the old law can be found here.

The Posted Workers Act (447/2016) applies to posted workers. This Act determines the provisions on working life which shall be applied whenever they are more advantageous for the employee than the legislation otherwise applicable to him or her. For the purposes of applying the Act, it is irrelevant whether the posted worker´s employer is in another EU Member State or outside the EU.

A posted worker is an employee from another country who is posted in Finland to perform work under a subcontract, as an internal transfer inside a company or as a temporarily agency worker. The habitual workplace of a posted worker consequently is located in some other country than Finland.



A worker is sent to carry out work under a contract which the the posting company, i.e. the employer has concluded with the contractor. The worker works for the account of the posting company and under the direction of the company management.


Internal transfer in a company

A worker is posted to an establishment or to an undertaking owned by the company group in some other country

Temporary Agency Work

A worker is sent to perform work for another company. The employer of the worker is a company transmitting or hiring labour.


Obligations for the employer and the contractor and for the main contractor and the builder

  • The posting company,i.e. the employer must ensure that a representative in Finland is selected and that all information needed is kept available as long as the posting lasts.
  • The employer must comply with the wage level considered reasonable in Finland and give the workers a written statement  of the principal terms of work during the posting. The employer is also obliged to have a working hours register and a register over annual holidays.
  • The employer must always ensure the safety at work. The using company is also responsible for hired posted workers safety at work.

More information: Working conditions

  • The employer must take out insurance for accidents while work is performed in Finland. The employer also must arrange statutory occupational health services in Finland.
  • The contractor must ensure that the posting company selects a representative and that this representative is available. The main contractor and the builder in the construction sector must on the request of the posted worker sort out inadequate payments wih the posting company. The main contractor and the builder must send the posting company´s answer to both the worker and on his or her request to the OSH authorities.

Obligations under the Act on the Contractor´s Liability must be taken into account in when hiring labour and subcontracting

The Act on the Contractor´s Liability applies both Finnish and foreign contracting companies. It is not relevant if the contractor acquires the hired labour or the subcontracting from a Finnish company or a foreign company.

When the contractor concludes a contract on temporarily agency work or subcontracting with a company posting the workers, the contractor must require certificates and accounts under the Act on the Contractor´s Liability from the contract partner and the posting company must send them to the contract partner.

More information on the obligations in the Act on the Contractor´s Liability.

Contact authority: the OSH Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency for Southwestern Finland

The OSH Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency is the contact authority for posted workers in Finland. The contact authority gives general advice to companies posting workers in Finland, receiving companies in Finland and posted workers information on the Finnish legislation on posting workers.

Please send your questions concerning posted workers per e-mail to

More information: Anu Ikonen, Senior Inspector, OSH Division of the Regional State Administrative Agency of Southwestern Finland, e-mail, phone 0295 018 143.


Instructions for employee

Right to work

If you are not a Finnish citizen, under the Alien´s Act you must prove your right to work in Finland. Show your employer your passport, a official travel document or your residence permit card.

The employer normaly makes a copy of the ground for your right to work, because in accordnace with the law, the employer has to have the proof available at the work place.

Minimum wages

A minimum wage is not determined by law in Finland, but by the generally binding branch collective agreement. In absence of a generally binding collective agreement for the branch or an agreement or practice, the employer must pay you a habitual and reasonable compensation. .

You will find information on the wages in accordance with the collective agreement on the online services of the employers´ associations and the unions.. The collective agreement with binding nature are published in the online service (in Finnish).

Paying Wages

If the employer has not paid wages or the wages paid are inadequate, you must inform the employer about this. In the last resort you will have to collect unpaid wages yourself from the employer.

If you work in the construction sector and you have been paid inadequate wages, you may inform the contractor or the builder. You may address your notification to any of these or to both.

The main contractor or the builder must immediately require from the posting company an account on the wages you have been paid and a statement on wheter the wages complies with the provisions in Finland. The main contractor or the builder must provide you with the request for statement and the answer from the posting company to you. On your request the employer must provide the OSH Division with the statement and the answer and these must be kept available for two years after the termination of the work.  

Taxation and photo ID

If you work on a construction site you must carry a photo ID with a tax number You obtain your  tax number from the tax office or by calling the Telephone Service.  When necessary the employer can also obtain the tax numbers for all workers at the same time. .

The worker is responsible for the validity of the taxation, you will receive more information on the taxation in the online service of the Tax Administration.  

More information:

Tax Number

Work in Finland

Working in Finland – information for immigrants. Finnish Institute Of Occupational Health.

Instructions for employer

The provisions contain obligations both for the posting company , i.e. the employer of the posting worker and for the contractor, i.e. the company using workers. The obligations of the builder and the main contractor are described under Employment in Finland..

The posting company (theemployer of the posted worder) must

Accident insurance for posted workers Provide the contractor with a statement on the determination of the social security for subcontracted and hired workers who are posted in Finland when the work already has begun.

The contractor (the company using posted workers in Finland)