The Swedish government has announced that it plans to increase the work permit salary requirement in October.

Key Points:

  • Swedish authorities plan to require employers to pay foreign nationals at least 80% of Sweden’s median salary to be eligible for a work permit.
  • Employers would be required to pay foreign nationals at least 26,560 SEK per month (about US$2,600) instead of the current 13,000 SEK per month.
  • The work permit salary requirement is planned to take effect on Oct. 1.

Additional Information: More information regarding the work permit salary requirement is available here.

BAL Analysis: Swedish authorities plan to set a work permit salary requirement to ensure foreign nationals are being paid equivalent to the median salary in the country. Employers may see a slight increase in business expenses once the salary requirement takes effect and should adjust their budgets if necessary.

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