After the Covid-19 pandemic caused millions of people to reconsider their career ambitions and skyrocketed the popularity of remote work, individuals are realising brand new ways of living and working. The reopening of most communities across the globe in 2021, alongside the phenomenal growth of industries such as IT and Pharma, has seen record increases in job openings throughout different sectors worldwide.

Working internationally is a fast-growing trend set to become the norm for millions more people around the world in the next few years. Contractors are enjoying greater work/life balance, freedom to explore new cultures and the ability to fit regular travel around working life, and 63% of individuals have seen their disposable income increase since moving abroad.

There’s never been a better opportunity to start planning a rewarding future as a contractor abroad – and Finland is one of the best locations to consider. Generate’s payroll and contractor management specialists reveal everything you need to know about self-employment in Finland.

What You Need to Know About Becoming a Contractor in Finland

1. Legal, Tax and Visa Requirements

Following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, British citizens are no longer automatically able to live and work freely in Finland from 2021. Any UK citizen must apply to the Finnish Immigration Service for a residence permit before moving to or starting work in the country. Working in Finland will usually require either a residence permit for an employed person or another residence permit for the self-employed that entitles you to work, although the type of permit each individual needs depends on what kind of work you will be doing.

Those planning to work on a contract for three months or less can apply for a seasonal work visa from the Finnish embassy. Some professionals, including teachers, interpreters and subcontractors carrying out temporary work on behalf of an EU-registered company can work in Finland for up to three months without any visa or permit. Find out more information from the Finnish Immigration Service.

All residents are taxed on all worldwide income. An individual who is a non-resident working locally for less than three months is taxed only on income earned in Finland. Tax rates are progressive and are updated every year. Finnish tax brackets are currently as follows:

2. How to Find a Contracting Job in Finland

Whilst the idea of applying for a job in another country can seem daunting, Finland actively welcomes an influx of skilled professionals from other countries. Three out of four Finnish companies are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers across industries and specialisms. The country’s Official Shortage Occupation List includes many professional roles popular with contractors such as:

Finnish organisations across sectors are struggling to recruit into their tech teams and IT departments. In 2021 the nation already has a deficit of 53,000 skilled tech workers, and many businesses leaders fear that this will grow worse as businesses compete through Industry 4.0 for a shrinking supply of local University tech graduates. The most in-demand tech jobs include System Analysts, Software Developers, Web Developers, Multimedia Developers and Telecommunications Engineers. Finland will need to look abroad to find the 130,000 tech professionals the country needs in the next decade, presenting a wealth of opportunities for IT contractors thinking of moving to Finland.

Like many other European countries, contractors can find Finnish jobs through direct job applications, local and international recruitment agencies or their own networks. The most popular job boards in Finland include:

3. Reasons to Work in Finland

There are a plethora of reasons to start a new career in the Finnish nation, including:

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