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Serbia PEO &
Employer of Record

SALARY PAYMENT IN Dinar (DIN)

CONTRACT LANGUAGES Serbian / English

PAYROLL TAX 16.65%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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Hire in Serbia

Horizons ensures day-to-day guidance to help your business navigate Serbia labor laws and regulations. Horizons also ensures Serbia payroll is processed on time, and that taxes are withheld as required.

As the Serbia Employer of Record, Horizons is responsible for employee income tax withholding, payment of payroll taxes to state authorities, and submission of tax returns to the Serbia Tax Office. 

Partnering with our Serbia PEO is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Serbian market.

Facts & Stats

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

Employment contracts in Serbia

All employers must provide employees with contracts of employment in Serbia, as it is a legal requirement. Any contract must clearly state all relevant details of employment such as benefits, working hours, compensation, and so on. Salaries and wages need to be shown in the Serbian dinar, the local currency, and the contract should be written in Serbian

Fixed-term
Probationary period0 – 6 months (max.)
Termination notice period1 – 3 months, depending on length of work history in Serbia
Severance

1/3 monthly salary per year for first 10 years of service

+

1/4 monthly salary per year of service for each year after

Indefinite
Probationary period0 – 6 months (max.)
Termination notice period1 – 3 months, depending on length of work history in Serbia
Severance

1/3 monthly salary per year for first 10 years of service 

+

1/4 monthly salary per year of service for each year after

 

Working hours in Serbia

The normal working week in Serbia is 40 hours. Anything beyond this is generally considered overtime, which cannot exceed four hours in a day. Workers are also entitled to at least one one-day break per week

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Public holidays in Serbia

There are several nationally recognized public holidays in Serbia. Most workers receive the following holidays off work each year:

Serbia has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2023 these holidays are:

DateHoliday name
1 Jan SundayWestern New Year’s Day
2 Jan MondaySecond Day of Western New Year’s Day
3 Jan TuesdayDay off for Western New Year’s Day
6 Jan FridayFirst Day of Baptism
7 Jan SaturdayChristmas Day
15 Feb WednesdayStatehood Day of the Republic of Serbia
16 Feb ThursdayStatehood Day of the Republic of Serbia (Day 2)
7 Apr Friday Western Good Friday
8 Apr SaturdayWestern Easter Saturday
9 Apr SundayWestern Easter Sunday
10 Apr MondayWestern Easter Monday
14 Apr FridayGood Friday
15 Apr SaturdayHoly Saturday
16 Apr SundayEaster Day
17 Apr MondayEaster Monday
22 Apr SaturdayEid al-Fitr (Tentative Date)
1 May MondayLabor holiday
2 May TuesdayLabor Day Holiday
29 Jun ThursdayFirst Day of Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date)
25 Sep MondayYom Kippur
11 Nov SaturdayArmistice Day
25 Dec MondayFirst Day of Western Christmas

Vacation leave in Serbia

Employees in Serbia are entitled to a minimum of four weeks (20 days) of paid vacation leave each year, and two weeks have to be taken in one block.

Sick leave in Serbia

Employees in Serbia can have up to 30 days of paid sick leave from work. The leave is compensated at 65% of normal pay for non-work-related sickness, and at 100% for work-related sickness.

Parental leave in Serbia

Female workers in Serbia are entitled to one year of maternity leave for their first two children, and two years for their third and fourth children. During their leave, employees cannot be terminated and receive their full average salary from the previous year of work (up to a maximum limit).

Male employees are entitled to seven days of paternity leave.

Terminations and severance in Serbia

Employees in Serbia are generally entitled to between eight and 30 days of notice prior to termination, but the exact length depends on how long the employee has been with the company and the terms stated in the employment contract.

Employees may also be entitled to severance payments in some cases, which is linked to the employee’s salary and length of service.

Taxation in Serbia

Employees and employers in Serbia need to contribute a percentage of salaries to various social funds. For health insurance, they must contribute 6.15% each. For unemployment insurance, they must contribute 0.75% each. For pensions, employers and employees must contribute 17.9% and 19.9% respectively.

The income tax rate in Serbia is progressive, with employees paying a higher percentage of income as they earn more. The rates range from 10% to 20%

The corporate tax rate in Serbia is 15% for most companies.

Health coverage in Serbia

Public healthcare is financed via mandatory health insurance payments from both employers and employees. For this reason, employers do not need to provide private medical insurance, but some may choose to.

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Compensation & Benefits

Compensation laws in Serbia

As of January 2021, the minimum wage in Serbia is set at 32,126 dinars 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 Serbia

Setting up your Serbian benefits system as a foreign employer can be a lengthy process, with many different laws and employee protections in place.

One effective solution is to outsource your Serbian benefits management to Horizons. We will get you set up and compliant as quickly as possible, so you can focus on a rapid and successful expansion.

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With Horizons, you get quick service, transparent pricing, and expert support.

FAQs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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