Contracts, working hours and wages – what to expect in Finland

In Finland, employees’ rights are enshrined in legislation and collective agreements. They cover salary, working hours, holidays and other conditions. For example, according to law, regular working hours may not exceed 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week. 

Finnish law doesn’t specify how much an employee must be paid but employers and employees have agreed on wages and salaries in collective agreements called työehtosopimus in Finnish. According to law, the pay must be normal and reasonable, that is, you must receice the same wage or salary as other people who do the same work.

When you start a new job, it is advisable to conclude a written employment contract with your employer, in which all the terms and conditions of the employment relationship are recorded. For more information on conditions of employment and salary in Finland, click here!