Last checked: 19/01/2023

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

National Liaison Offices

Every country has a competent authority that can answer questions on the posting of workers. The contact details of these National Liaison Offices are under the Ask national administrations button below.

See also


EU legislation

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Bundesministerium für Arbeit und WirtschaftFederal Ministry of Labour and Economy
Favoritenstraße 7AT-1040 Wien
Belgium Belgium - Flanders Belgium - Wallonia
FPS Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue, Belgian liaison office, Directorate-general labour law and legal studiesSPF Emploi, Travail et Concertation sociale, Bureau de liaison belge, Direction Générale Droit du travail et études juridiquesFOD Werkgelegenheid, Arbeid en Sociaal Overleg, Belgisch verbindingsbureau, Algemene directie arbeidsrecht en juridische studiën
Rue Ernest Blerot 1BE-1070 Bruxelles/Brussel
Emploi Belgique (FR)fr
Werk België (NL)nl
Министерство на труда и социалната политика - ИА Главна инспекция по трудаMinistry of Labour and Social Policy - General Labour Inspectorate EA
3 Kniaz Aleksandar Dondukov blvd.BG-1000 Sofia
Ministarstvo rada, mirovinskoga sustava, obitelji i socijalne politikeMinistry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy
Ulica grada Vukovara 78HR-10000 Zagreb
Υπουργείο Εργασίας , Πρόνοιας και Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων - Τμήμα ΕργασίαςMinistry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance - Department of Labour
9 Klimentos StrCY-1480 Nicosia
Ministerstvo práce a sociálních věcíMinistry of Labour and Social Affairs
Na Poříčním právu 1CZ-128 01 Praha 2
Danish Working Environment Authority
Landskronagade 332100 København Ø
Tööinspektsioon; Ms Liis Naaber-KalmLabour Inspectorate
Mäealuse 2/2EE-12618 Tallinn
TyosuojeluArbetarskyddsförvaltningenOccupational Safety and Health Administration
Bureau de liaison nationale - Direction générale du travail - Ministère du TravailNational Liaison Office - Directorate General for Labour - Ministry for Labour
39-45, quai André CitroënFR-75902 Paris Cedex 15
Generalzolldirektion Direktion VII - Finanzkontrolle SchwarzarbeitDirectorate VII of the Central Customs Authority - Financial Control of Undeclared Work
Wörthstraße 1-3DE-50668 Köln
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Directorate-General of Employment Relationships, Occupational Health and Safety and Labour Market Integration
Directorate of Individual Contractual Labour Arrangements, Section of Individual Labour Contract (D. Pantazidou, A. Revela)29 Stadiou Str.10559 AthensGreece
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Directorate-General of Employment Relationships, Occupational Health and Safety and Labour Market Integration
Directorate of Health and Safety at Work, Section of Working Conditions and Strategic Planning (V. Papanastasiou, A. Mandalou)29 Stadiou Str.10559 AthensGreece
Labour Inspectorate, Independent Authority
Central Division, Directorate of Planning and Coordination of Labour Relations Inspection (A. Mpouzios, D. Souliotis)10 Agisilaou Str.10437 AthensGreece
Nemzetgazdasági Minisztérium - Munkafelügyelet Foglalkoztatás-felügyeletMinistry for National Economy - Hungarian Labour Inspectorate
P.O. Box 481HU-1369 Budapest
VelferðarráðuneytiðMinistry of Social Affairs
Skogarhlid 6IS-150 Reykjavik
Workplace Relations
O'Brien RoadCarlowIreland
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
Valsts darba inspekcijaState Labour Inspectorate
Kr. Valdemara Street 38LV-1010 Rīga
Amt für Volkswirtschaft - Abteilung WirtschaftOffice of National Economy - Department of Economic Affairs
Haus der WirtschaftPoststrasse 1LI-9494 Schaan
Valstybinė darbo inspekcijaState Labour Inspectorate
Algirdo Str. 19LT-03607 Vilnius
Inspection du travail et des minesLabour and Mines Inspectorate
3, rue des PrimeursL-2361 Strassen
Department for Industrial and Employment Relations
121, Melita StreetVLT 1121 Valletta
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
ArbeidstilsynetLabour Inspection Authority
Postboks 4720 TorgardNO-7468 Trondheim
Państwowa Inspekcja Pracy - Główny Inspektorat PracyNational Labour Inspectorate - Chief Labour Inspectorate
ul. Barska 28/30PL-02 315 Warszawa
Autoridade para as Condições do Trabalho (ACT)Authority for Working Conditions
Praca de Alvalade n. 11749-043 LISBON
Inspecția MunciiLabour Inspectorate
Strada Matei Voievod, nr. 14RO-030167, Sector 2București
Národný inšpektorát práceNational Labour Inspectorate
Masarykova 10SK-040 01 Kosice
Ministrstvo za delo, družino, socialne zadeve in enake možnostiMinistry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Štukljeva cesta 44SI-1000 Ljubljana
Dirección General de TrabajoGeneral Directorate of Labour
Pío Baroja, 6ES-28009 Madrid
Desplazamiento - Datos de contactoes
ArbetsmiljöverketSwedish Work Environment Authority
Box 9082SE-171 09 Solna

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