Benefits of a PEO in Sweden & EOR in Sweden
- Expand without an entity
- Flexible and cost-effective solution to outsource payroll and HR functions for international expansion
- In compliance with foreign local laws & regulations
- Minimizes employment liabilities and risks
- Reduced risk, as the risks of being an employer fall almost completely on the employer of record
- Saves you time to focus on your core business
- You manage your employees
- EOR and /or PEO takes care of registration and contact with local authorities
Employment Contracts Sweden
The main rule is that an employment contract is indefinite. This means that as long as the parties have not entered into a fixed-term employment contract, the employment relationship will continue until further notice. The Employer and the employee may agree that the first six months of an employment contract for an indefinite period is a probationary period. During this trial period, either party may terminate the employment at any time without giving reasons and without notice. If neither party terminates the employment during or at the end of the probationary period, the employer shall continue for an indefinite period.
PEO and EOR service providers in Sweden will support you with the set-up of a local employment contract.
Employment Termination Sweden - Notice Period Sweden
Aside from job termination by default – that is, in the event of a fixed-term contract – resignation and mutual consent, Swedish labor law lists the following grounds for termination (not complete list).
- business-related dismissal such as redundancy (if the need for a specific job ceases due to some technical, economical, or organizational reasons such as collective dismissal);
- dismissal on personal grounds (the employee is not able to perform properly due to some permanent abilities or characteristics);
- dismissal due to dissatisfaction with probation work (the employee simply did not perform well during the probationary period).
Employers must adhere to the following legal notice periods when dismissing an employee:
- Less than two years – 1 month of notice
- Two years but less than four years -2 months of notice
- Four years but less than six years – 3 months of notice
- Six years but less than eight years – 4 months of notice
- Eight years but less than ten years – 5 months of notice
- Ten years or more – 6 months
In circumstances of gross misbehaviour or a severe breach of the agreed employment contract, an employer may terminate an employee's employment without notice. Employees must notify their employers of their intention to quit at least one month before their scheduled departure date.
Social Security Sweden
The following tax and social security contribution rates apply to employees and employers in Sweden (as of 2022).
Employer payroll contribution:
|Description of Cost Component||Percentage|
|Labor Market fee||2.65%|
|General Payroll tax||11.62%|
|Total Employment Cost||31.42%|
Employee Payroll Contribution
|Description of Cost Component||Percentage|
|Employee Payroll contribution||7%|
|Total Employee Cost||7%|
Employee Income Tax:
- Up to 523,200 SEK : 0.00%
- 523,200 SEK and above: 20%
Average Salary Sweden & Average Employer Costs Sweden
In 2022, the annual salary in Sweden was $49.250,88. This is lower than the average annual wage in the United States, $53.490,00. As an employer, the actual employer costs are around 31.42% higher than the gross annual salary. Based on a $49.250,88 annual salary, the employment costs would be $64.518,65.
To learn more about the average salaries in Europe and the actual employment costs in Europe, we invite you to read this article on the Costs of hiring European employees.
Working Hours Sweden
A regular workweek consists of 40 hours spread out over five days; an employee must be given a break after working for five days in a row. Overtime is compensated for all work done in excess of the usual working hours each week, and it is regulated by employment contracts and collective agreements. Overtime hours in excess of 40 hours per week are paid at an overtime compensation rate, which is spelled out in the employment contract or collective bargaining agreement.
Paid Vacation Leave Sweden
According to the Swedish Holiday Act, after one year of employment (ie, qualifying year), employees are entitled to 25 days of paid vacation, excluding public holidays. However, 30 days of yearly vacation is standard for white-collar employees and professionals, either by individual contract or collective bargaining agreement. Vacation days can be saved for up to five years once they have been accumulated.
Vacation compensation makes for 12% of an employee's annual gross wage.
To learn more about the average paid vacation days in Europe and how Sweden compares to the rest of Europe, we invite you to read our blog on paid vacation days in Europe.
Public Holidays Sweden
Employees are legally entitled to have these 13 days as holidays in Sweden, including:
- New Year’s Day - 1 January
- Epiphany - 6 January
- Good Friday - 15 April
- Easter Sunday - 17 April
- Easter Monday - 18 April
- May Day - 1 May
- Ascension Day - 26 May
- Whit Sunday - 5 June
- National Day - 6 June
- Midsummer Day - 25 June
- All Saints Day - 5 November
- Christmas Day - 25 December
- 2nd Day of Christmas - 26 December
Maternity and Paternity Leave Sweden
Sweden has one of the most generous parental leave programs in the world. Parents in Sweden are entitled to 240 days each when the child is born or adopted. In case of multiple births, an additional 180 days are allowed for each additional child in the family.
It is important to mention that both parents may use the parental leave at the same time during first three months and completely focus on new born. During that period the father is entitled to be home additional 10 days.
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Monique Ramondt Sanders
Executive Vice President | HR Outsourcing