Posting - foreign labour in Sweden

A posted employee is a person who has been sent by her/his employer to another country to work for a limited period of time. If the person has been sent to Sweden, he/she is covered by certain provisions in Swedish laws and collective agreements during the period of employment.
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Registry for posting

Does your company provide services in Sweden? Foreign employers must report postings as well as a contact person to a registry when they send employees to work here.

Report a posting

Registry for posting

Welcome to the Swedish Work Environment Authority's page about posting. Here you will find information for employers who post workers in Sweden, and also for posted workers in Sweden.

As an employer who send your employees for posting in Sweden, you must comply with the Swedish laws regarding work environment, working hours, annual leave, parental leave, and discrimination. In the menu on the left we have listed different areas that are important to know about.

As a posted worker you are protected by Swedish laws regarding work environment, working hours, annual leave, parental leave and discrimination. This applies regardless of whether you come from a country within the EU or from a non-EU country. In the menu on the left we have listed different areas that are important to know about.

Why are there regulations about posting?

The regulations on posting must strengthen posted workers' rights as well as make it easier for people to work in other countries and  for companies to offer their services across national borders. The regulations also aim at combating social dumping. This means that companies should not be able to make use of differences in work and employment terms in order to gain competitive advantages.

What is posting?

A posted worker in Sweden is a person who usually works in another country but is sent to Sweden by his or employer to work here for a limited period of time. An employer who posts his or her employees in Sweden is based in another country and provides services across national borders. The employer posts his employees in Sweden for a limited period of time.

 The posting can take place:

  • according to a contract that the employer enters into with a recipient of the services in Sweden,
  • within the group, or
  • by employers contracting out labour or making labour available and sending workers to a user undertaking in Sweden.

Are you employed in Sweden and about to be posted to another country?

 If you are employed in Sweden and are going be posted in another country, you should search for information about the regulations that apply in the country to which you will be posted. You can contact the country's embassy or search for information on the web.

The European Commission has a list of most EU countries' sites about posting.

We are the contact authority regarding posting

The Swedish Work Environment Authority informs about the laws applicable in Sweden for posted workers. We provide information regarding collective agreements and contact information for employer and employee organisations. We also cooperate with contact authorities in other countries.

If you wish to get in touch with other contact authorities in Europe, please contact the European Commission.

Obligation to report postings

The Work Environment Authority has a national posting registry in which you as an employer must register your posted employees.

Posting of Workers Act, Swedish guvernment website, opens in new window

Are you going to be posted to another country?

If you are employed in Sweden and will be posted to another country, we advise you to look for information about the rules that apply in the country to which you will be posted.

 The website of the European Commission, opens in new window

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Last updated 2018-06-25