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Employer of Record (EOR) in North Macedonia

What you'll learn

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

North Macedonia is a landlocked country in Europe, bordered by Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, and Albania. The country used to be known simply as “Macedonia” until 2019 when it became “North Macedonia”. The use of the country name had been disputed with Greece from 1991-2019, due to ambiguity in nomenclature between the Republic of Macedonia, the adjacent Greek region of Macedonia, and the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees who have worked at least 6 consecutive months are entitled to 9 months of paid maternity leave (15 months for twins/triplets). The leave is paid at 100% of the average salary by Social Security.

Employees with a partner who has finished the 45 initial days of maternity leave can take 7 working days of paid paternity leave, paid at the full salary by Social Security.

Mothers can also take up to 3 months of unpaid parental leave before their child is turns 3 years old.

Sick Leave

Employees can receive paid sick leave for up to 30 days, which is paid at different rates depending on how long the leave is.

Paid Leave

There are 13 public holidays in North Macedonia, and employees are entitled to at least 20 days of paid time off each year, increasing by 1 day every 5 years up to 26 days total. At least part of this leave must be taken in a stretch of 2 weeks. Employees can also qualify for leave in cases of marriage, bereavement, or military leave.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage is MKD 18,000 MKD per month, and a standard workweek is 40 hours at 8 hours per day. Overtime work has a maximum of 190 hours per year, and is paid at between 135%-150% of the regular rate.

Termination Process

Process

There is no at-will termination for employers, and terminations of employment contracts must be done with just cause.

Notice Period

The minimum notice period in North Macedonia is 30 days, and up to 90 days depending on the employment contract’s terms.

Severance Pay

Any employees who are made redundant can receive severance pay, the amount of which depends on the length of service at the company:

  • 0-5 years = 1 month of salary
  • 5-10 years = 2.5 months of salary
  • 10-15 years = 3.5 months of salary
  • 15-20 years = 4.5 months of salary
  • 20-25 years = 6 months of salary
  • 25+ years = 7 months of salary

Additional Information

It is common to pay a 13th-month salary bonus in North Macedonia. Additionally, any employee who works 150+ hours of overtime per year, and has less than 21 days of absence, is due a mandatory bonus equal to 1 month of average national wages.

OVERVIEW
Language(s):
Macedonian, Albanian
Currency:
Macedonian Denar (MKD)
Capital City:
Skopje
Population:
2.1 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
120th
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
18%
Employer TaxES
0%
(estimated)

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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 North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia are paid on time in Macedonian Denar (MKD). 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 North Macedonia, 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.