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Albania EOR & PEO

SALARY PAYMENT IN Albanian Lek (ALL, L)

CONTRACT LANGUAGES  Albanian / English

PAYROLL TAX 16.70%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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Hiring in Albania

One of the principal reasons for engaging an EOR in Albania, is to ensure full compliance with Albania’s employment laws. Here we explain how an Albania EOR ensures:

01. Compliance with Albania employment contract requirements

02. Compliance with working hours, national holiday provisions, and Albania social security requirements.

Note, an Albania Employer of Record is also known as Albania Professional Employer Organization (PEO).

Facts & Stats

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EOR Cost

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Time-to-hire

Fast onboarding in Albania, hire in as little as 24 hours.

Contracts

We draft labor contracts compliant with Albanian labor law.

Local Benefits

We administer all mandatory benefits and contributions in Albania.

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Employment Laws

Contracts of employment in Albania can be either verbal or written, but we recommend that you always produce written contracts when hiring employees in the country. As in any other country, these contracts should include all the relevant details of employment such has salary/wage, job title, benefits, and so on. They should also be written in Albanian and use the local currency of the Albanian lek.

Fixed-term

Probationary period3 months, unless otherwise stated in writing
Termination notice period1 month minimum. Usually at the end of the contract
Severance15 days after 3 years of service

Indefinite

Probationary period3 months, unless otherwise stated in writing
Termination notice period

1st year of service: 1 month notice 

2nd – 5th year: 2 months notice

More than 5 years: 3 months notice

Severance15 days’ salary after 3 years of service

Working hours in Albania

The standard working week in Albania is 40 hours spread over five days. The usual maximum is 50 hours. For overtime, employees should be compensated at 125% of normal pay.

National holidays in Albania

There are several nationally recognized public holidays in Albania. Many employees receive the following days as leave from work each year:

DateHoliday name
1 Jan, 2024 SaturdayNew Year’s day
2 Jan, 2024 SundayNew Year’s day
14 Mar, 2024 ThursdaySummer Day
22 Mar, 2024 FridayNevruz Day
29 Mar, 2024 FridayGood Friday (Catholic)
31 Mar, 2024 SundayEaster (Catholic)
26 Apr, 2024 FridayGood Friday (Orthodox)
28 Apr, 2024 SundayEaster (Orthodox)
1 May, 2024 WednesdayLabor Day
4 Jun, 2024 TuesdayBajram (Islamic)
28 Nov, 2024 ThursdayIndependence Day
29 Nov, 2024 FridayLiberation Day
25 Dec, 2024 WednesdayChristmas Day

There are also several holidays for regional or autonomous communities. Depending on where your employee is located, they may be entitled to additional days. This can be reviewed by our team and a detailed local holiday schedule for your employee will be shared as your hiring project begins.

There are several nationally recognized public holidays in Albania. Many employees receive the following days as leave from work each year:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Summer Day
  • Nevruz Day
  • Liberation Day
  • National Youth Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Labor Day
  • End of Ramadan
  • Feast of the Sacrifice
  • Beatification of Mother Teresa Day

Vacation in Albania

Employees in Albania are generally entitled to a minimum of 20 days of paid vacation leave annually. This leave must be taken in blocks of at least five days.

Probationary periodNo probationary period.
TerminationAt completion of the project.
SeveranceMax. one months per year of employment.

Sick leave in Albania

Employees in Albania are entitled to 14 days of paid sick leave. During this time, the employer must cover at least 80% of normal pay. Absence through workplace injuries can be compensated via the country’s social security system.

Less than 6 months of sick leave:

(percentage of regular wages owed to the employee)

Probationary prediod No probationary period.
Termination At completion of the project.
Severance Max. one months per year of employment.
Over 6 months of sick leave:
Probationary prediod No probationary period.
Termination At completion of the project.
Severance Max. one months per year of employment.

Maternity and paternity leave in Albania

Female employees in Albania are entitled to a full year of maternity leave, with a minimum of 35 days before giving birth and a minimum of 42 days after the birth. They are compensated at 80% of normal pay for the maternity leave before giving birth and for five months (180 days) after. Beyond this, compensation is 50% of normal pay.

Fathers in Albania are not entitled to any paternity leave as standard.

Parents are also entitled to 12 days of leave to care for dependent children (15 days when the child is under three years old) and an additional 30 days of unpaid leave for childcare.

Employee severance and terminations in Albania

Employees in Albania with over one year of service with an employer are entitled to one month of notice prior to termination. For those with between two and five years of service, this rises to two months, and three months for those with more than five years of service.

Employees with more than three years of service with an employer are usually entitled to a severance payment equivalent to 15 days of normal pay.

Probation periods are generally limited to three months, and the mandatory minimum notice of termination during this time is five days.

Tax laws in Albania

Employers in Albania must contribute to social security and health insurance schemes for employees. These payments equate to 16.7% of salaries. Employees themselves must also contribute to social security at a rate of 11.2% of their salary.

Income tax in Albania is progressive, ranging from 0% to 23% depending on income level.

The corporate tax rate in Albania is 15% for most companies, but those in some industries, such as software development, may need to pay an additional rate.

Health coverage in Albania

Albania has comprehensive state-funded healthcare, so employers do not need to provide private medical insurance to employees. However, many people do use private healthcare so may expect it as an employment benefit.

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Compensation & Benefits

Compensation laws in Albania

The minimum wage for private-sector employees in Albania is 40,000 leks per month for full-time employees (in 2023).

Benefit management in Albania

Building a benefits system for your Albanian workforce can be difficult and complicated to navigate if you are not familiar with the country, its customs, and its employment laws. Establishing it independently can take several weeks and could lead to costly delays.

Outsourcing your benefit management process ensures that you fully understand and adhere to the rules, ensuring your compliance and speeding up the process significantly. At Horizons, our Albania employment experts will help you to find and arrange your benefits, advise on your strategy, and ensure compliance with the law.

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FAQs

Generally speaking, the terms “Albania PEO” and Albania EOR” are used interchangeably.

An EOR in Albania can feasibly hire both local and foreign nationals to work in Albania.

However, the ability of Horizons to sponsor your foreign national employee in Albania may be limited due to visa quotas practiced in many countries.

Contact us with your requirements and our Global Mobility team with review the case and get back to you within 2 business days.

In most cases, Horizons’ Albania EOR can hire & onboard your employee within 24 hours. The actual start date of the employee will depend on their notice period obligation to their previous employer as well as any relevant hiring rules in Albania.

It is possible to get a work visa in Albania. Horizons’ Global Mobility team is a dedicated team of work visa experts. They assess the details of each case to determine feasibility and costs before Horizons applies for the work visa on behalf of your employee. If the Global Mobility team determines that your case is feasible, the process is smooth and transparent. Visa spots in Albania are limited, however—get started today to secure your employees’ visa spot.