According to the register the majority of the posted workers work with construction and manufacturing, but also with programming and communication. Photo: Anja Niedringhaus /TT

Number of posted workers exceeds expectations

The number of posted workers, or foreign employees working in Sweden for a foreign company for a limited time, is over ten times higher than what the Swedish Health and Safety Agency originally estimated. According to a new register over 25,000 foreign employees have worked temporarily in Sweden the past year, Swedish Radio News reports.

On June 1st last year it became mandatory for foreign employers to register any employee working in Sweden for a limited time with the Swedish Health and Safety Agency, and the register shows that roughly 6,000 per month, or 25,000 in total, have worked in Sweden since then.

According to the register the majority of the posted workers work with construction and manufacturing, but also with programming and communication.

Prior to the new register the Swedish Health and Safety Agency has not had a way of measuring the number of posted workers and estimated that there were 2,000 people working temporarily in Sweden in 2008.

Since June 1st last year employers are also required to specify a contact person for the employee.

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