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Updated : 17/08/2016

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Posted workers

Your employer can post you to a short assignment to another EU country to carry out a temporary service, for a maximum duration of 2 years.
As a posted worker staying for a limited period of time, you will enjoy special rights and privileges. These conditions should make it easier for you to work abroad for a limited period, and include the following provisions:

  • You won't need a work permit - unless you are an employee posted from Croatia to Austria, where restrictions apply to work in certain sectors
  • You will continue to pay social security contributions to your home country's authorities
  • You will be covered by your home country's social security system
  • You won't need to have your professional qualifications recognised; however, you may need to make a written declaration for some professions: find out more on recognition of professional qualifications
  • When you retire, you won't have to deal with pension bodies from different countries - your host country's institutions will not be involved.

EU rules ensure that you can stay covered by your home social security system. There are however no EU-wide laws laying down which country can tax your income during a posting. This may be set out in national laws or tax agreements between EU countries: find out more on income tax.

Social security cover while abroad

As a posted worker, you can work temporarily in another EU country and remain covered by your home country social security system.

Find out how to extend your social security cover during your stay abroad.

Advance declaration

You might also have to fill in an advance declaration stating your intention to work in the host country. If you are an employee, your employer should take care of this.

For details, contact the liaison office for posted workers or single contact point in the country you're going to.

Working conditions

Your employer must guarantee that you are employed under the same conditions and terms of employment as those in force in the host country, including:

  • minimum wage: your salary may not be less than the local minimum wage
  • maximum work periods and minimum rest periods
  • working hours: you may not work more than a defined amount of hours
  • minimum paid annual leave: you are entitled to holidays
  • health and safety at work
  • employment conditions for pregnant women and young people
  • rules prohibiting child labour.

Sample story

When posted abroad, you have the same rights as your local colleagues

Andrea works for a German cleaning company for 8.50 euros an hour. After being posted to Strasbourg in France, she goes on working for the same salary, until colleagues inform her that she should earn at least 9.67 euros an hour (the French minimum wage).

Andrea's employer is obliged to increase her pay to at least the 9.67 euros rate while she is working in France. As well as pay, Andrea enjoys a number of other specific rights while posted to France.

Before taking up a posting in another EU country, check your rights as an employee with the host-country liaison office for posted workers.

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