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Employer of Record (EOR) in Kosovo

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Kosovo Introduction

Kosovo is a partially recognized state in southeastern Europe at the center of the Balkans. It is bordered by Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, and Montenegro. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, and 97 members of the UN have since recognized it as a sovereign state. Kosovo is considered a developing country with an upper-middle-income economy.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees in Kosovo are entitled to 270 days of paid maternity leave, of which at least 45 days need to be taken before the birth. During the first 6 months of leave the employee receives 70% of their salary from the employer, and during the next 6 months the government pays 50% of the average salary. Mothers can extend for 90 more days of unpaid leave. Fathers are entitled to 10 days of paid paternity leave taken after the child's birth. The employee receives 100% of their average salary during this leave from the employer.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to 20 days of paid sick leave each year, paid at 100% of the salary by the employer.

Paid Leave

Kosovo has 13 public holidays, and employees are entitled to at least 4 weeks of paid time off each year.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage in Kosovo is EUR 250 per month, and standard workweeks are 40 hours at 8 hours per day. Overtime payments are mandatory for any hours worked outside standard hours, and range from 120%-150% of the regular rate.

Termination Process

Process

If a termination is deemed to be without cause, the employee can refuse it and additional payments will be required. Compliant reasons for terminating indefinite contracts include: resignation, mutual agreement, economic reasons, misconduct, inability to complete work, or performance.

Notice Period

If an employer doesn’t want to renew a fixed-term contract, they need to provide 30 days notice to the employee (or possibly pay a severance). Notice periods for indefinite contracts in Kosovo depend on how long the employee has worked at the company.

  • 0-2 years = 30 days notice
  • 2-10 years = 45 days notice
  • 10+ years = 60 days notice

Severance Pay

There is no statutory requirement for severance payments in Kosovo. If an employer doesn’t provide 30 days of notice to employees with fixed-term contracts they may have to pay a severance.

Additional Information

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OVERVIEW
Language(s):
Albanian, ‎Serbian
Currency:
Euro (EUR)
Capital City:
Pristina
Population:
1.8 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
132nd
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
18%
Employer TaxES
5%
(estimated)

★  5% - Pension Fund

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How Remofirst employs in Kosovo

It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Kosovo get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Kosovo are paid on time in Euro (EUR). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Kosovo, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.