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Work in Finland

As an employee in Finland

What does an employment relationship mean?

You are an employee, i.e. you are in an employment relationship if

  • you work for someone else under a contract,
  • you are paid salary,
  • you work under the management and supervision of the employer.

An employee is entitled to salary, a compensation for overtime and paid annual leave. The employer insures the employee and takes care of the employee’s social security and statutory pension contributions. The employee's working hours are determined in the employment contract.

Updated: 6/9/2022

Remember these when you agree on work with the employer

  • You do not need to pay anything to the employer or the Finnish recruitment agency for getting the job.
  • You should draw up a written employment contract with the employer. This way, you will have proof of the agreed terms and conditions of employment.
  • Check that the salary, the working hours, the length of the possible trial period and other conditions related to working have been clearly mentioned in the employment contract or job offer.
  • You cannot agree on terms and conditions of employment that are not legal in Finland.

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Updated: 1/2/2024

The Finnish terms and conditions of employment also apply to posted workers

When an employer operating in another country has sent you to work in Finland, you are a posted worker

The same terms and conditions and agreements that apply to Finnish work and salaries also apply to posted workers. While in Finland, you must not have to work in conditions that are illegal here.

Read about the terms and conditions of employment and salary of a posted worker in more detail on the website of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Finland.Opens in a new window.

Updated: 31/8/2022

If you wish, you can join a trade union and an unemployment fund

Everyone has the right to join a trade union and an unemployment fund:

  • The trade union will help you if problems such as disagreements about the salary or the terms and conditions of work arise between you and your employer.
  • The unemployment fund may pay earnings-related unemployment benefit if you become unemployed.
Updated: 31/8/2022

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