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Kosovo PEO &
Employer of Record

SALARY PAYMENT IN Euro (EUR)

CONTRACT LANGUAGES Albanian / English

PAYROLL TAX 5%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly 

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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Hire in Kosovo

Horizons provides compliance solutions to ensure your business in Kosovo operates in line with Kosovo labor laws and tax regulations. Businesses benefit from hiring in, investing in, or job outsourcing to, Kosovo in a range of industries, from customer service, to accounting services, to software development.

We also process monthly payroll, and, as a Kosovo Employer of Record, absorb all local employer liabilities. Partnering with our Kosovo PEO is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Kosovo market. 

Facts & Stats

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

Employment contracts in Kosovo

In Kosovo, contracts of employment can technically be either written or verbal. However, we recommend always writing up a formal contract for every employee that includes all necessary details such as the job title, expected working hours, salary/wage, benefits, and so on. Contracts should be written in Albanian and/or Serbian language and reference the local currency of the euro, which the territory uses despite not being an EU member state.

Fixed-term
Probationary period

3 – 6 months (standard)

Termination notice period

30 days (standard)

Severance

Only in cases of collective dismissal (10% staff & 20+ employees terminated at one time)

In such cases, min. 1 – 7 months salary per employee

Indefinite
Probationary period

3 – 6 months (standard)

Termination notice period

30 days (standard)

Severance

Only in cases of collective dismissal (10% staff & 20+ employees terminated at one time)

In such cases, min. 1 – 7 months salary per employee

Working hours in Kosovo

The working hours in Kosovo reflect those of many other European countries, with a working week generally consisting of 40 hours of work across five eight-hour days.

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Kosovo national holidays 2023

A number of public holidays are recognized annually in Kosovo. Many employees receive the following days as leave from work:
Date Holiday name
1 Jan Sunday New Year’s Day
2 Jan Monday Day off for New Year’s Day
2 Jan Monday Second Day of New Year
7 Jan Saturday Christmas Day
9 Jan Monday Day off for Christmas Day
17 Feb Friday Independence Day of the Republic of Kosovo
9 Apr Sunday Constitution Day of the Republic of Kosovo, Easter
10 Apr Monday Day off for Constitution Day of the Republic of Kosovo, Easter Monday
16 Apr Sunday Orthodox Easter Day
17 Apr Monday Orthodox Easter Monday
22 Apr Saturday  Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date)
1 May Monday International Labour Day
9 May Tuesday Europe Day
29 Jun Thursday Kurban Bayrami (Tentative Date)
25 Dec Monday Christmas Day

Kosovo vacation leave

Employees in Kosovo are entitled to at least 20 days of paid vacation leave each year.

Kosovo sick leave

Employees in Kosovo can take up to 20 days of paid sick leave annually.

Parental leave in Kosovo

Female employees in Kosovo can take up to 12 months of maternity leave, with an allowance of 45 days to be taken before giving birth. The first nine months of leave is compensated (at 70% of normal pay for six months, then 50% of pay for three months) and the final three months is unpaid.

Terminations and severance in Kosovo

For definite-term contracts, employees in Kosovo are entitled to 30 days of notice prior to termination. For indefinite-term contracts, notice depends on the length of service. For employees of six months to two years, the notice period is 30 days. For employees with two to ten years of service, the notice period rises to 45 days, and for those with over ten years of service, it is 60 days.

Severance payments may be required in the case of mass dismissals where 10% or more of a company’s workforce (at least 20 people) are terminated. The mandatory severance depends on om each employee’s length of service and ranges from one month to seven months of salary.

Taxation in Kosovo

Income tax in Kosovo is progressive, with employees needing to pay a higher percentage of earnings at higher income levels. The rates range from 0% to 10%.

Corporate tax in Kosovo is 10% for most companies.

Health coverage in Kosovo

Employees in Kosovo will generally have access to state-funded healthcare, but many people also use private care to ensure high standards. Some employers, therefore, choose to offer private medical insurance as part of their benefits packages.

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Compensation & Benefits

Compensation laws in Kosovo

The mandatory minimum wage in Kosovo is €130 per month for employees under 35 and €170 per month for employees over 35. 

Benefit management in Kosovo

Many employees in Kosovo expect benefits packages with their jobs, so you may want to set up a system when hiring in the country. However, establishing a benefits system in Kosovo can be a difficult process, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the country’s unique laws and administrative processes.

Alternatively, you could use a payroll outsourcing firm to handle your Kosovan payroll. At Horizons, our Kosovo payroll experts can set up and manage your benefits system for you, freeing you to focus on your successful expansion.

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FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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