Social and pension security for entrepreneurs

YEL insurance contributions and your future employment pension are based on your reported YEL income, which the pension provider confirms for your YEL insurance. In addition to your pension, the YEL income also has an impact on the level of the different benefits and pensions you may receive. For this reason, it is essential that your YEL income be dimensioned accurately in order to provide you with the proper security throughout your working career.

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Income limits

During 2019

  • Minimum 7,799.37 euro.
  • Maximum 177,125.00 euro.
  • The minimum specified in the Unemployment Security Act is 12,816 euro.

The YEL calculation service shows you what type of security your current income would provide for various situations. You can see how changes in your income would affect your pension and social security and the impact such changes would have on your insurance contributions.

Your YEL income affects the following pensions and benefits:

Pensions and rehabilitation

Employment pension insurance provides you with security when your income changes due to old age, disability or the death of a family provider. A self-employed person’s pension accrues in accordance with the confirmed YEL income reported for the YEL insurance policy. YEL income not only affects the amount of your future old-age pension but also serves as the foundation for other pensions and benefits under employment pension legislation, which you may be entitled to already prior to reaching the pensionable age for old-age pension.

Pension accrues for all ages at an annual rate of 1.5 per cent of the YEL income. However, during the transition period of 2017–2025, pension will accrue at a rate of 1.7 per cent of the YEL income for those aged 53–62.  Read more about pension accrual >

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The confirmed income stated in your YEL insurance serves as the basis for the amount of the sickness allowance provided by Kela. The benefit is calculated in accordance with the most recently confirmed taxation. For example, the YEL income for 2017 is used as the basis for calculations of any sickness allowance granted during 2019. If the income for the six (6) months prior to becoming ill has been more than 20 per cent higher than during the reference year, the sickness allowance can be calculated in accordance with the higher income amount.

YEL insurance cannot be interrupted due to a brief period of illness. It can, however, be terminated due to an extended sick leave. In this case, you will need to take a new YEL insurance policy when you return to work after your sick leave.

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The annual earnings used for voluntary accident insurance policies intended for self-employed persons are bound to their confirmed YEL income. Your YEL income also affects any compensation for loss of earnings and pensions resulting from an occupational accident. In order to be entitled to accident insurance for a self-employed person, you must have a valid YEL insurance policy.

Further information:

Fennia >
LocalTapiola >
Turva >


A self-employed person may have the possibility to receive Kela’s basic unemployment allowance or, as a member of an unemployment fund, an earnings-related unemployment allowance if that person’s YEL income has been at least the minimum required for unemployment security, which in 2019 was 12.816 euro. 

One requirement to receive an unemployment allowance is that your entrepreneurial activities must be considered substantial in the manner intended by the Unemployment Security Act. If your YEL income falls below the minimum, you will not be eligible for the unemployment security, but you can still apply for a labour market subsidy from Kela. If you are a member of an unemployment fund, the amount of your earnings-related unemployment allowance is based on your YEL income.

Further information:

The Employment and Economic Development Office >
Finland’s Unemployment Fund for Self-Employed Persons (SYT) >
The Unemployment Fund for Entrepreneurs and the Self-Employed (AYT) >


The income confirmed for your YEL insurance is used as the basis for determining the amount of the maternity, special maternity, paternity, parental and partial parental allowance. The benefit is generally calculated in accordance with the level of the most recently confirmed taxation, which means that any parental allowance starting in 2019 is based on the YEL income for 2017.

If you are not working during your family leave, your YEL insurance can be terminated as ending on your last day of work. In this case, you will need to take a new insurance policy when you return to work. If you are working during your family leave, your YEL insurance is not terminated. It may, however, be necessary to adjust your YEL income if your work input in the company is reduced during the family leave.

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Elo is here to help and support you

Elo's Online Service is always available for you to use whenever it's most convenient for you. For TyEL and YEL insurance matters, please call us at +358 (0)20 694 730 (weekdays 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m)