What are the implications of the Posted Workers Directive?

The Posted Workers Directive (96/71/EC) was established to ensure that employers sending workers on temporary assignments to another EU member state cannot give those workers lower rates of pay or less favourable terms and conditions than the legal minimum applicable in the other member state. There is no specific legislation in the UK implementing the Posted Workers Directive as UK workers already enjoy adequate protection under contemporary employment legislation.

Nowadays, it is uncommon for unskilled workers in the UK (or elsewhere) to be posted in the EU. Such postings are usually confined to businessmen and women, accountants, bankers, engineers and the like, whose salaries and terms of employment are unlikely to fall foul of minimum prescribed standards for indigenous workers. However, some EU states offer more generous maternity provisions than those currently available to UK employees.