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Croatia PEO &
Employer of Record

SALARY PAYMENT IN Croatian Kuna (HRK, kn)




TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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

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PEO Platform Hire in Croatia, and pay employees through our platform or app. PEO Cost Our Croatia PEO solution is the most affordable on the market. Time-to-hire Fast onboarding in Croatia, hire in as little as 24 hours.
Contracts We draft labor contracts compliant with Croatian labor law. Local Benefits We administer all mandatory benefits and contributions in Croatia. 180+ Countries It doesn’t stop with Croatia — we are an international PEO
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Employment Laws

Employment contracts in Croatia

It is a legal requirement for employers in Croatia to provide new employees with a formal contract of employment with all relevant details of the employment agreement. This should be written in the local language of Croatian, with any references to compensation using the local currency of the Croatian kuna.

Probationary period0 – 6 months
Termination notice period30 days (standard)
Severance1/3 monthly salary per year of service, max. 6 months salary
Probationary period0 – 6 months
Termination notice period30 days (standard)
Severance1/3 monthly salary per year of service, max. 6 months salary

Working hours in Croatia

Standard working hours in Croatia are 40 hours per week, spread out over five days. Anything above this is classed as overtime, which needs to be paid at 150% of normal rates, and employees cannot work more than eight hours of overtime per week.

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Public holidays in Croatia

There are several nationally celebrated public holidays in Croatia, for which most employees are given the day off:

Croatia has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2023 these holidays are:
Date Holiday name
1 Jan, 2023 New Year’s Day
6 Jan, 2023 Epiphany
7 Jan, 2023 Orthodox Christmas Day
9 Apr, 2023 Easter Sunday
10 Apr, 2023 Easter Monday
16 Apr, 2023 Orthodox Easter Day
17 Apr, 2023 Orthodox Easter Monday
22 Apr, 2023 Ramadan Bayram (Tentative Date)
1 May, 2023 Labor Day / May Day
30 May, 2023 Statehood Day
8 Jun, 2023 Corpus Christi
22 Jun Day of Antifascist Struggle
29 Jun, 2023 Kurban Bayram (Tentative Date)
5 Aug, 2023 Victory Day
15 Aug, 2023 Assumption of Mary
16 Sep, 2023 Rosh Hashana
25 Sep, 2023 Yom Kippur
1 Nov, 2023 All Saints’ Day
18 Nov, 2023 Remembrance Day
25 Dec, 2023 Christmas Day
26 Dec, 2023 St Stephen’s Day

Croatia vacation leave

Employers in Croatia must provide their employees with a minimum of 20 days of paid vacation leave every year. Additionally, employees are entitled to up to seven days of personal leave for things like a death in the family.

Croatia sick leave

Employees in Croatia can take up to 42 days of paid sick leave each year, with pay of at least 70% of normal salary.

Parental leave in Croatia

Female employees in Croatia are entitled to paid maternity leave. Generally, they can take up to 28 days of leave before the birth date, then a minimum of 70 days following it, or until the child is six months old. If the parents choose to, the father can take any unused days from the mother after the initial 70-day period.

The parents can also take 120 days each of parental leave after the child is six months old.

Terminations and severance in Croatia

Employment contracts in Croatia can be terminated if both the employer and employee agree, or if there is proper cause for termination. Employers must provide notice periods, the length of which depends on the length of service:

  • Under one year of service = Two weeks of notice
  • One year of service = One month of notice
  • Two years of service = One and a half months
  • Five years of service = Two months of notice
  • Ten years of service = Two and a half months
  • 20 years of service = Three months of notice

Some other factors, such as the age of the employee, can result in a longer mandatory notice period. Terminated employees may also be entitled to severance pay.

Taxation in Croatia

Employers in Croatia contribute to social security through 16.5% health insurance. The social security contributions also cover work accident insurance, pension, family and maternity benefits. 

Health coverage in Croatia

Healthcare is covered by the government and mandatory health insurance contributions, so private health insurance is not necessary. However, some employers may choose to offer it as part of their benefits packages.

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Compensation & benefits

Compensation laws in Croatia

The minimum wage in Croatia (as of January 2019) is 3,750 HRK per month.

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 Croatia

Setting up a Croatia benefits system for your workforce can be difficult as a foreign organization. With the language and cultural differences, and a complicated, unique collection of employment laws, running a comprehensive and compliant benefits system can be very time-consuming

At Horizons, we specialize in establishing and running Croatian employee benefits systems. We’ll handle everything, using our extensive experience to ensure you are ready to commence operations in Croatia quickly and efficiently.

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

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

Croatia 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 Croatia PEO is essentially outsourcing your HR duties in Croatia.

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

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

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

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

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