Recruit from abroad

Foreign employees do not need to visit a tax office because of a tax card or a tax number

This year, a foreign employee working in Finland for the first time may, by way of exception, receive a tax card without visiting a tax office in person due to the coronavirus situation. The Tax Administration provides the employee with a tax number and a tax card based on information submitted in a form by the customer.

The procedure is valid until 31 December 2020. 

Foreign workers need not visit the tax office to get tax cards or tax numbers

If the employer has not found a suitable employee in Finland, they can search for labour abroad.  The employer can also utilise a labour market area larger than Finland in larger-scale recruitments. However, keep in mind that hiring a foreign employee may require a permit.

The employer may also hire a foreign trainee for the company.

Hiring an employee from Europe

EURES assists with recruitments from Europe

Hiring an employee from outside EU/EEA countries

Experts at TE Offices and employer services can also advice you in matters related to the recruitment of workers in countries outside Europe.
The employment of non-EU, EEA and Swiss nationals in Finland usually requires an employee's residence permit. In addition, employment usually requires a valid residence permit even if the employee's residence permit is not required.

Equal treatment

The same terms of employment and occupational safety requirements apply to foreign and Finnish workers.