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Croatia EOR & PEO

SALARY PAYMENT IN Croatian Kuna (HRK, kn)

CONTRACT LANGUAGES Croatian / English

PAYROLL TAX 16.50%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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Hire in Croatia

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 EOR is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Croatian market.

Note, a Croatia Employer of Record is also known as a Croatia Professional Employer Organization (PEO).

Facts & Stats

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EOR Cost

Our Croatia EOR 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.

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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.

Fixed-term
Probationary period0 – 6 months
Termination notice period30 days (standard)
Severance1/3 monthly salary per year of service, max. 6 months salary
Indefinite
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 2024 these holidays are:

DateHoliday name
1 Jan, 2024New Year’s Day
6 Jan, 2024Epiphany
7 Jan, 2024Orthodox Christmas Day
31 Mar, 2024Easter Sunday
1 Apr, 2024Easter Monday
10 Apr, 2024Ramadan Bayram (Tentative Date)
1 May, 2024Labor Day / May Day
5 May, 2024Orthodox Easter Day
6 May, 2024Orthodox Easter Monday
30 May, 2024Statehood Day
30 May, 2024Corpus Christi
17 Jun, 2024Kurban Bayram (Tentative Date)
22 Jun, 2024Day of Antifascist Struggle
5 Aug, 2024Victory Day
15 Aug, 2024Assumption of Mary
3 Oct, 2024Rosh Hashana
12 Oct, 2024Yom Kippur
1 Nov, 2024All Saints’ Day
18 Nov, 2024Remembrance Day
25 Dec, 2024Christmas Day
26 Dec, 2024St 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 2024) is 840 EUR per month.

Minimum Wage Country Comparison Chart (Per month in USD)
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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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FAQs

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

An EOR 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 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 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.