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hire in Bulgaria

Bulgaria PEO &
Employer of Record

SALARY PAYMENT IN Bulgarian lev (BGN, Лв)

CONTRACT LANGUAGES Bulgarian / English

PAYROLL TAX 18.92% – 19.62%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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Hire in Bulgaria

Horizons provides compliance solutions to ensure your business in Bulgaria operates in line with Bulgaria labor laws and tax regulations. Businesses benefit from hiring in, investing in, or job outsourcing to, Bulgaria in a range of industries, from customer service, to accounting services, to software development. We also process monthly payroll, and, as an Bulgaria Employer of Record, absorb all local employer liabilities. Partnering with our Bulgaria PEO is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Bulgaria market. 

Facts & Stats

PEO Platform Hire in Bulgaria, and pay employees through our platform or app. PEO Cost Our Bulgaria PEO solution is the most affordable on the market. Time-to-hire Fast onboarding in Bulgaria, hire in as little as 24 hours.
Contracts We draft labor contracts compliant with Bulgarian labor law. Local Benefits We administer all mandatory benefits and contributions in Bulgaria. 185+ Countries It doesn’t stop with Bulgaria — we are an international PEO
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Employment Laws

Employment contracts in Bulgaria

We strongly recommend that you always provide your employees in Bulgaria with written contracts of employment. These contracts should be written in Bulgarian, use the Bulgarian lev currency, and include details such as compensation, parental leave allowance, vacation allowance, and any other relevant information.

Fixed-term
Probationary period3 – 6 months
Termination notice period30 days minimum, 90 days standard
Severance1 – 4 months’ salary, depending on type of termination
Indefinite
Probationary period3 – 6 months
Termination notice period30 days minimum, 90 days standard
Severance1 – 4 months’ salary, depending on type of termination

Working hours in Bulgaria

The limit of a normal working week in Bulgaria is eight hours per day, five days per week. Beyond this, employers must pay overtime rates. 180% of normal wages should be paid on weekdays, 175% on holidays, and 200% on public holidays.

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Public holidays in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2024 these holidays are:

DateHoliday name
1 Jan MondayNew Year’s Day
2 Jan TuesdayDay off for New Year’s Day
3 Mar SundayLiberation Day
1 May WednesdayLabor Day
3 May FridayGood Friday
4 May SaturdayHoly Saturday
5 May SundayEaster Sunday
6 May MondayEaster Monday
6 May MondaySt. George’s Day
8 May WednesdayDay off for St. George’s Day
24 May FridayCulture and Literacy Day
6 Sep FridayUnification Day
22 Sep SundayIndependence Day
1 Nov FridayRevival Day
24 Dec TuesdayChristmas Eve
25 Dec WednesdayChristmas Day
26 Dec ThursdaySecond day of Christmas
27 Dec FridayChristmas holiday

Vacation leave in Bulgaria

Workers in Bulgaria are entitled to at least 20 days of vacation leave per year. 

Sick leave in Bulgaria

Employees in Bulgaria are entitled to paid sick leave. The first day is covered by the employer, and any further absence is paid by the state. The compensation for this second period is generally 80% of normal pay for normal sickness, or 90% for workplace-related sickness or injury.

Parental leave in Bulgaria

Female employees in Bulgaria can take 410 days of paid maternal leave( covered by the state). 45 of these days must be taken prior to the birth. Compensation is equivalent to 90% of the employee’s normal salary.

Male employees can take 15 days of paid leave following the birth of their child, and can use the mother’s unused leave (if there is any) after the child is at least six months old.

There are different rules for parents who have more than one child.

Taxation in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria employers and employees must pay social security contributions. Employers cover 60% and 40% of the contributions, which total of 17.3% of salary, plus pension insurance contributions of 5% of salary, and health insurance contributions of 8% of salary.

Employers must also contribute between 0.4% and 1.1% of salaries to workplace accident insurance.

Health coverage in Bulgaria

The National Health Insurance fund covers healthcare in Bulgaria, and all employees (and employers) must contribute to this. For this reason, private health insurance is not generally expected.

Terminations and severance in Bulgaria

Employees in Bulgaria are generally entitled to a minimum of 30 days of notice for terminations. If an employee is terminated due to sickness and has been with their employer for more than five years, they are entitled to severance of at least two months’ pay.

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Compensation & benefits

Compensation laws in Bulgaria

The minimum wage in Bulgaria is BGN 933 per month (in 2024).

Minimum Wage Country Comparison Chart (Per month in USD)
Switzerland (Geneva) $4,000
Italy $2,255
Australia $1996
Algeria $156
Uzbekistan $22
Benefit management in Bulgaria
Building a benefits system for your Bulgarian workforce can be difficult and complicated to navigate if you are not familiar with the country, its customs, and its employment laws. To set it up independently, it can take several weeks and potentially lead to unexpected delays. Horizons can simplify your Bulgaria benefits management. Our Bulgaria experts can handle everything for you, helping you focus on a successful expansion operation.

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FAQs

A Bulgaria PEO and a Bulgaria EOR are two types of companies which specialize in providing human resources services to businesses in Australia.

The main difference between a Bulgaria PEO and a Bulgaria EOR is in the scope of their services.

Australia PEOs provide a full range of HR services, including payroll, benefits administration, and employee recruiting—all under one roof as a co-employer. Engaging a Bulgaria PEO is essentially outsourcing your HR duties in Australia.

Australia EORs actually take over as the legal employer of your employees based abroad. Australia EORs become responsible for labor compliance for your employees in Australia.

At Horizons, we offer both PEO and EOR services in Australia. Get in touch now and let us know what service you are seeking.

A PEO in Bulgaria can feasibly hire both local and foreign nationals to work in Bulgaria.

However, the ability of Horizons to sponsor your foreign national employee in Bulgaria 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’ Bulgaria PEO 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 Bulgaria.

It is possible to get a work visa in Bulgaria. 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 Bulgaria are limited, however—get started today to secure your employees’ visa spot.