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Payroll Service in Sweden

GTS Nordic offers comprehensive services related to Payroll in Sweden.

Managing payroll in Sweden can be a complex undertaking for businesses, as it involves adhering to a multitude of regulations and tax requirements. Properly handling payroll is crucial not only for compliance purposes but also for maintaining a smooth operation. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the essentials of running payroll in Sweden and how partnering with an Employer of Record (EOR) like GTS Nordic can assist consultants and businesses in streamlining their payroll processes while ensuring compliance.


  • Salary calculations
  • Payroll Tax Sweden - we calculate and make sure you stay compliant
  • Types of leaves and holiday compensation
  • Employee deductions
  • One-to-one guidance with your personal contact person
  • An easy payslip system (GTS Portal)
  • Full compliance throughout the entire process

Understanding the Swedish Payroll System

To navigate the Swedish payroll system effectively, it is essential to grasp key considerations that come into play. First and foremost, employers need to register with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) before commencing operations. This registration process involves obtaining an employer identification number (arbetsgivarenummer) and ensuring compliance with associated tax obligations.

Calculating employee salaries accurately is another critical aspect of payroll management in Sweden. Salaries are commonly paid on a monthly basis, and employers must factor in various elements such as hours worked, overtime, bonuses, and benefits. Additionally, collective agreements can influence salary calculations, further emphasizing the need for precise calculations.

Employer of Record Sweden

Payroll Tax Sweden

Deducting taxes and contributions is an integral part of payroll management. Employers are responsible for deducting income tax, social security contributions, and other mandatory deductions from employee salaries. These deductions must align with the guidelines provided by the Swedish Tax Agency, which outlines tax rates and thresholds.

As a Payroll Provider with localized knowledge and years of experience handling Payroll for Contractors in Sweden, GTS Nordic knows all the caveats of Swedish Payroll Tax. 

Obligatory Employer Contribution in Sweden

Employers also have the obligation to contribute to social security programs on behalf of their employees. These contributions, which include pension funds and healthcare, are typically calculated as a percentage of the employee’s gross salary.

Accurate reporting and timely withholding of payroll taxes are crucial to ensure compliance with Swedish regulations. Employers must diligently report and remit payroll taxes to the Swedish Tax Agency on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Alternatively, with an Employer of Record (EOR) solution from GTS Nordic, we handle payment of all employer contributions without any added fees.

Partner With a Local Payroll Expert

Mitigating risks associated with non-compliance, misclassification penalties, or legal disputes is a significant advantage of partnering with an EOR. GTS Nordic assumes the responsibility of maintaining accurate records and ensuring all legal obligations are met. This proactive approach minimizes the potential risks that businesses may face in their payroll management processes.

Lastly, an EOR like GTS Nordic offers flexible workforce management solutions. For businesses engaging consultants or temporary workers in Sweden, an EOR can handle the complexities of onboarding, payroll management, and compliance. This flexibility allows businesses to engage with a contingent workforce without the burden of full employment responsibilities.

Minimum Wage in Sweden

Sweden does not have a minimum wage, but is instead determined by collective bargaining agreements. These can vary significantly by role and industry. The average wage for Sweden is 32.500 SEK per month, which is around 2.900 euros, if you look at all industries and lines of business.

GTS Nordic can assist you with contract negotiation and making sure everything is compliant. 

Employee Termination

Employee terminations can be challenging to handle, but with GTS Nordic by your side, you can streamline the process and ensure compliance with Swedish employment laws. Our comprehensive termination services provide expert guidance, documentation support, and offboarding assistance, enabling your organization to navigate employee terminations with professionalism, empathy, and efficiency.

Employee Termination

In every organization, the termination of an employee is an unfortunate but sometimes necessary step. Whether it’s due to poor performance, misconduct, or other reasons, proper handling of employee termination is crucial to maintain a positive work environment and ensure legal compliance. GTS Nordic understands the complexities and sensitivities involved in employee terminations in Sweden.

Terminating an employee in Sweden requires a thorough understanding of the country’s employment laws as it varies depending on the collective agreements between employer and employee, in accordance with Sweden’s Employment Protection Act. GTS Nordic’s experienced team keeps up-to-date with the latest regulations to ensure that your organization follows proper procedures during the termination process. We can guide you through the legal requirements, including notice periods, severance pay, and termination documentation, helping you avoid potential legal risks.

Compliance with Notice Periods and Severance Pay

In Sweden, notice periods and severance pay are important considerations during the employee termination process. GTS Nordic ensures that your organization complies with the notice periods specified in employment contracts or collective agreements. If applicable (severance pay is not mandatory), we calculate the appropriate severance pay based on the employee’s length of service and other relevant factors, helping you navigate this aspect of the termination process smoothly.

Compliance with Data Protection Regulations

Data protection and privacy regulations play a significant role when terminating an employee. GTS Nordic helps your organization adhere to Swedish data protection laws by ensuring that personal data is handled appropriately during and after the termination process. We assist with securely storing and disposing of employee data in compliance with relevant data protection regulations, safeguarding sensitive information and mitigating potential risks.

Employer Social Contributions

Employers in Denmark are required to pay social contributions to their employees of approximately EUR 2,000 per year per full-time employee. Employers are required to pay to a total of seven different schemes such as ATP, AUB, AES, AFU, Pension Finance Scheme, Maternity Leave Fund and Industrial Injury Insurance. Usually these contributions are not included in the fee when you select an Employer of Record (EOR) or Payroll Management Solution, but with a solution from GTS Nordic, we make sure that the required contributions are paid on time – without you having to pay extra.

Public Holidays in Sweden

Public holidays in Sweden are an integral part of the country’s cultural fabric and provide opportunities for both celebration and reflection. Sweden celebrates several public holidays throughout the year, each with its own significance and traditions.

Date Holiday
January 1

January 6

Friday before Easter Sunday

Sunday between March 22nd and April 25th

Monday following Easter Sunday

May 1st

40 days after Easter Sunday

June 6th

Saturday between June 20th and June 26th

First Saturday in November

December 25th

December 26th
New Year's Day (Nyårsdagen)

Epiphany (Trettondedag jul)

Good Friday (Långfredagen)

Easter Sunday (Påskdagen)

Easter Monday (Annadag påsk)

May Day (Första maj)

Ascension Day (Kristi himmelsfärdsdag)

National Day (Sveriges nationaldag)

Midsummer's Day (Midsommardagen)

All Saints' Day (Alla helgons dag)

Christmas Day (Juldagen)

Boxing Day (Annandag jul)

GTS Nordic: Your Trusted Payroll Service in Sweden

When it comes to a reliable payroll service in Sweden, GTS Nordic stands out as a trusted partner. With our expertise and dedication to delivering comprehensive payroll solutions and Employer of Record services, GTS Nordic offers businesses and colsuntants the assurance and support they need to navigate the complexities of the Swedish payroll landscape.

Request a free projection for your unique situation today, and we will find a flexible and compliant solution.

Contact GTS Nordic Sweden directly

Stationsgatan 7-9, 541 30 Skövde, Sweden

+45 70 626 8180
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