National minimum wage in detail

There is no national minimum wage in Sweden, but 85 to 90% of employees are bound by a national collective bargaining agreement setting out the minimum rates for different types of work. According to case law, employees are entitled to a reasonable rate of pay, which is often determined by the applicable national collective bargaining agreement.

For example, the collective bargaining agreement for metalworkers in Sweden (the ‘Teknikavtalet’) sets out minimum wages for metalworkers depending on their level of skill and experience. The lowest monthly base salary for a metalworker is currently SEK 20,161.

Most collective bargaining agreements only contain a guaranteed minimum percentage increase for white-collar workers.

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Author: Elmzell

Date: April 2020

Note: For specific advice on any particular issue, please consult the relevant firm. The law is stated as at March 2019.