Private household as employer

Your private household is an employer if you hire, for example, a renovator, help with childminding or cleaning, or a musician for family celebrations.

As the employer, your household has to pay pension contributions for wages paid to persons who have turned 17 years if the monthly wage is at least €58.27 (in 2018). The length of the employment makes no difference.

If your household employs a retiree, they have to be insured, as well, unless they have passed the age when they can no longer be insured.

Age when insurance obligation ends
Year of birth Age at which the insurance obligation ends
1957 or earlier 68
1958-1961 69
1962-1964 70
1965 and later Not yet decided but it will be linked to life expectancy

This way, retirees can earn new pension funds in retirement.

If the person your household has employed is a self-employed person, they will take care of their pension insurance themselves.

Post wage bill via Palkka.fi or directly to the pension provider

All employees have to be insured under the Self-employed Persons’ Pensions Act (TyEL). If you hire people occasionally and the wages for a six-month-period are less than €8,346 (in 2018), you do not have to sign a separate insurance agreement. Instead, you can manage the insurance directly with any of the pension insurance companies or via Palkka.fi (available in Finnish and Swedish). You have to pay the insurance contributions for your employees by the 20th of the month following the payday. If you use Palkka.fi, the service will automatically handle the notifications and payments to the earnings-related pension company, the Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Finnish Tax Administration.

Go to Palkka.fi or the pension insurance companies’ websites for more information on how to post the wage bill.