Statistics on posted workers

The number of applications we have received for a certificate for a posted worker has increased significantly in the last few years. A rising share of the certificates are for people working in several countries.

Of all the applications for a certificate for an employee working abroad that we received in 2018, roughly 40 per cent were for people working in two or more countries. This trend is rising throughout Europe.

Certificates issued in 2009-2018

Certificates are issued for workers posted to EU/EEA countries (A1) and social security agreement countries. In 2018, we issued more than 12,000 certificates. The number has almost doubled in the last decade.

A1 certificates issued by the Finnish Centre for Pensions 2009–2018

Workers posted from Finland to a range of different countries

Workers are posted from Finland to a wide range of different countries. In 2018, the list was topped by Sweden, Spain, the USA, Germany, France and Great Britain. Yet only approximately one fifth of all certificates for a posted worker were issued for these six top countries.

Certificates from abroad in 2009-2018

The number of certificates from other countries that we have been informed of has also increased significantly in recent years. Their amount has doubled in ten years (note that not all countries inform us of the certificates they have issued).

Reported foreign certificates 2009-2018

Countries posting workers to Finland

In 2018, the majority of certificates from abroad that we received came from Estonia, Poland, Germany and Lithuania.  As much as 82 per cent of all foreign certificates that we were informed of came from these four main posting countries.

Top 4 posting countries 2018

EU Statistics on EU workforce mobility

The European commission regularly publishes statistics on workforce mobility and issued A1 certificates for workers.

According to the statistics of the Commission, workers posted to another country usually work in the construction business (almost 47 per cent in 2017).  The fields of business are difference in different Member States. The majority of workers posted from Finland are working in the service industry.

The share of people working in several European countries has grown rapidly in the last few years. In 2017, 36 per cent of all posted workers within Europe worked in several countries. The majority of them worked in the transport business.

Statistics of the European Commission: 

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