Equal treatment and free movement
UK decision to invoke Article 50 of the TEU: More information
As of 30 March 2019, all EU law will cease to apply to the UK, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, or the European Council and the UK decide unanimously to extend the two-year negotiation period. For more information about the legal repercussions for businesses:
Workers from other EU countries: equal treatment and no work permit
As an employer, you have a right to hire staff from any EU country. You must give jobseekers from other EU countries the same treatment as applicants from your own country. You cannot impose discriminatory criteria - for example on the basis of nationality - during the recruitment phase. You also have to provide other EU nationals with the same working conditions (salary, paid annual leave, etc.) as you offer your own nationals. Jobseekers from an EU country do not need a work permit to work in another EU country.
Citizens from Croatia might still need a work permit in Austria and some EU citizens need a work permit to become an employee in Croatia. Find out more about work permits in the EU.
You can ask job applicants from other EU countries to demonstrate the language skills needed for the job, but the level of language knowledge required must be reasonable for the post.
It is also prohibited by law to discriminate because of:
- gender (e.g. parental leave, promotion, pay)
- racial or ethnic origin
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation.
You can get help on recruiting across the EU from EURES - European jobs portal.
If your business is located in a border region, EURES can also advise how to deal administratively with any of your staff that commute from a neighbouring country.