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Updated : 26/01/2018

Posted workers

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For the time being, the United Kingdom remains a full member of the EU and rights and obligations continue to fully apply in and to the UK:

Your employer can post you to another EU country to carry out a temporary service. During this period, you will acquire the status of a "posted worker" and benefit from special working conditions and rights.

Working conditions

While posted to another EU country, you fall under the conditions and terms of employment of the host country. These relate to:

  • minimum rates of pay: your wage may not be less than the local minimum wage or the wage set by binding collective agreements in your sector of employment, if these are in force in the host country
  • maximum work periods and minimum rest periods
  • health and safety at work
  • conditions on hiring workers through temporary agencies
  • employment conditions for pregnant women and young people
  • equal treatment for men and women and other rules to prevent discrimination

Your employer may also pay your costs for travel, boarding and lodging in the EU country where you are posted, if this is foreseen in your home country's legislation. These allowances will have to be paid on top of your normal wage.

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.

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Other rights

While posted to another EU country:

  • 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 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
  • you won't have to deal with pension bodies from different countries when you retire - your host country's institutions will not be involved.

Income tax

If you are a posted worked for less than six months, you should not be liable to pay income tax in your country of destination.

However, there are 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 will continue to be covered by the social security system of your home country for a maximum of 2 years. Find out what formalities you need to carry out.

If you are working abroad for more than 2 years, you will have to switch to the social security system of the country where you work. In some specific cases, you can extend your social security cover to more than 2 years.

Advance declaration

Your employer may also need to fill in an advance notification to the authorities in your country of destination stating your workplace there, the duration of your posting, and contact information, among other things.

Make sure that your employer takes care of this to avoid being fined in the other country.

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

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