Last checked: 06/09/2022

Posted workers

Your employer can send you to work temporarily in another EU country. During this period, you will acquire the status of a posted worker and will benefit from the same basic working conditions and rights as workers in your host country.

A posting can last as long as it is necessary to complete a specific task. When your posting has finished, you should return to your workplace in the EU country where you were posted from.

Working conditions

You will fall under the terms and conditions of employment of your host country if they are more advantageous than those of your home country. These conditions and terms of employment relate to:

Other rights

While posted to another EU country:

Long term posting

If you are posted for more than 12 months (or 18 months if your employer submits a motivated notification to your host country's national authorities) all relevant terms and conditions of employment of your host country apply, with the exception of those relating to the termination of contracts and supplementary working pensions.

If you are posted to another EU country for a long period of time you may want your family to join you there, they can do so by virtue of their own EU citizens' rights, but not as your dependants.

Income tax

If you work in your host country for less than six months, you shouldn't be liable for income tax there. However, there are no EU-wide rules that set out which country can tax your income during a posting. This may be set out in national laws or tax agreements between EU countries.

Social security cover while abroad

As a posted worker, to continue to be covered by the social security system in your home country, your employer has to request a PD A1 form from the social security institution in your home country and inform the host country´s authorities. If your posting lasts longer than 2 years, you can either:

Find out more about your social security cover while on a posting to another EU country.

Before your posting

Your employer may also need to send a notification to the authorities in your host country with the following details about:

For more information check the EU' short guide on the posting of workers

See also the EU's practical guide on posting.

National websites on posting

Check the national website of your host country to find out the terms and conditions of work for posted workers, as well as contact information of the local authorities.

National websites on posting

See also

FAQs

EU legislation

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Austria
Bundesministerium für ArbeitFederal Ministry of Labour
Favoritenstraße 7AT-1040 Wien
Belgium Belgium - Flanders Belgium - Wallonia
FBS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue Belgian liaison office and labour inspectorateSPF Emploi, Travail et Concertation sociale Direction générale des Relations individuelles du TravailFOD Werkgelegenheid, Arbeid en Sociaal Overleg Algemene Directie van de Individuele Arbeidsbetrekkingen
Rue Ernest Blerot 1BE-1070 Bruxelles/Brussel
Emploi Belgique (FR)fr
Werk België (NL)nl
Bulgaria
Министерство на труда и социалната политика - Главна Инспекция По ТрудаMinistry of Labour and Social Policy - General Labour Inspectorate
3 Kniaz Aleksandar Dondukov blvd.BG-1000 Sofia
Croatia
Ministarstvo rada, mirovinskoga sustava, obitelji i socijalne politikeMinistry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy
Ulica grada Vukovara 78HR-10000 Zagreb
Websitehr
Cyprus
Υπουργείο Εργασίας , Πρόνοιας και Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων - Τμήμα ΕργασίαςMinistry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance - Department of Labour
9 Klimentos StrCY-1480 Nicosia
Czechia
Ministerstvo práce a sociálních věcíMinistry of Labour and Social Affairs
Na Poříčním právu 1CZ-128 01 Praha 2
Denmark
Udbetaling Danmark - International Social Sikring
Kongens Vænge 8DK-3400 Hillerød
Estonia
Tööinspektsioon; Ms Liis Naaber-KalmLabour Inspectorate
Mäealuse 2/2EE-12618 Tallinn
Finland
TyosuojeluArbetarskyddsförvaltningenOccupational Safety and Health Administration
France
Direction générale du travail - Ministère du TravailDirectorate General for Labour - Ministry for Labour
39-45, quai André CitroënFR-75902 Paris Cedex 15
Germany
Generalzolldirektion Direktion VII - Finanzkontrolle SchwarzarbeitDirectorate VII of the Central Customs Authority - Financial Control of Undeclared Work
Wörthstraße 1-3DE-50668 Köln
Hungary
Nemzetgazdasági Minisztérium - Munkafelügyelet Foglalkoztatás-felügyeletMinistry for National Economy - Hungarian Labour Inspectorate
P.O. Box 481HU-1369 Budapest
Iceland
VelferðarráðuneytiðMinistry of Social Affairs
Skogarhlid 6IS-150 Reykjavik
Ireland
Workplace Relations
O'Brien RoadCarlowIreland
Italy
Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali; Direzione Generale dei rapporti di lavoro e delle relazioni industrialiMinistry of Labour and Social Policy
Via Fornovo, 8IT-00192 Roma
Latvia
Valsts darba inspekcijaState Labour Inspectorate
Kr. Valdemara Street 38LV-1010 Rīga
Liechtenstein
Amt für Volkswirtschaft - Abteilung WirtschaftOffice of National Economy - Department of Economic Affairs
Haus der WirtschaftPoststrasse 1LI-9494 Schaan
Websitede
Lithuania
Valstybinė darbo inspekcijaState Labour Inspectorate
Algirdo Str. 19LT-03607 Vilnius-06
Luxembourg
Inspection du travail et des minesLabour and Mines Inspectorate
3, rue des PrimeursL-2361 Strassen
Websitefr
Malta
Department for Industrial and Employment Relations
121, Melita StreetMT-VLT 1121 Valletta
Netherlands
Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Werkgelegenheid - Inspectie SZMinistry of Social Affairs and Employment - Labour Inspectorate
Parnassusplein 5, NL-2511 VX Den HaagP.O Box 90801, NL-2509 LV Den Haag
Norway
ArbeidstilsynetLabour Inspection Authority
Postboks 4720 TorgardNO-7468 Trondheim
Poland
Państwowa Inspekcja Pracy - Główny Inspektorat PracyNational Labour Inspectorate - Chief Labour Inspectorate
ul. Barska 28/30PL-02 315 Warszawa
Websitepl
Portugal
Autoridade para as Condições do Trabalho (ACT)Authority for Working Conditions
Avenida Casal Ribeiro, 18APT-1000-092 Lisboa
Websitept
Romania
Inspecția MunciiLabour Inspection
Strada Matei Voievod, nr. 14RO-030167, Sector 2București
Website
Slovakia
Národný inšpektorát práceNational Labour Inspectorate
Masarykova 10SK-040 01 Kosice
Slovenia
Ministrstvo za delo, družino, socialne zadeve in enake možnostiMinistry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Kotnikove 28SI-1000 Ljubljana
Website
Spain
Dirección General de Empleo Subdirección General de Ordenación NormativaGeneral Directorate of Employment
Pío Baroja, 6ES-28009 Madrid
Desplazamiento - Datos de contactoes
Desplazamientoes
Sweden
ArbetsmiljöverketSwedish Work Environment Authority
Box 9082SE-171 09 Solna

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