Facts & Stats
- Capital city
Belarusian ruble (Br, BYN)
Belarusian and Russian
- Population size
- Ease of doing business
- Cost of living index
$$$$ (14 of 139 nations)
- Payroll frequency
- VAT - standard rate
- GDP - real growth rate
Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is located in Eastern Europe. The country is surrounded by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. Belarus ranks relatively well in life expectancy, quality of education, and GDP per capita (especially when compared with other Eatern European nations). All of these factors play a key role in increasing the country's Human Development Index. It is a member of the UN, CIS, EAEU, and the CSTO. Belarus is not a member of the European Union and uses their own Belarusian Ruble as currency.
Grow your team in Belarus with Remote
Looking to hire employees in Belarus? Companies hiring in Belarus must either own a local legal entity or work with a global employment platform like Remote that can legally provide employment services in the country. Remote can employ team members in Belarus and keep you compliant at all times.
Remote can hire, onboard, and pay your Belarus team so you don't have to set up local HR services in the region. Sign up now to get started or talk to an expert for more details.
Risks of misclassification
Belarus, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Belarus may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.
Employing in Belarus
For organizations looking to hire in Belarus, the first step is to understand the employment laws and labor code of Belarus. Employment contracts can be drawn up for an indefinite term, a fixed term, or for a temporary period. Regulations are often updated and there were several amendments made to the country’s labor code in 2020. There has been a recent addition to the code of a new section (Section 25-1) covering the approach employers must take with regards to remote work.
The following are only guidelines in the broadest sense, and professional legal services are recommended when employing in Belarus.
In Belarus, the minimum wage is 400 Belarusian Rubles per month in 2021.
For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal bi-monthly installments, payable in arrears.
We can help you get a new employee started in Belarus fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 18 working days.
Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.
For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.
Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.
10 Public holidays
Competitive benefits package in Belarus
At Remote, we’re passionate about helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in developing globally competitive benefits programs. This means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive, and your company has the localized expertise required to attract and keep the best global talent.
Our benefits packages in Belarus are tailored to fulfill the local needs of employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:
Mental Health Support
Pension or 401(K)
Life and Disability Insurance
Taxes in Belarus
Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Belarus.
Note: Compulsory pension and social contributions are calculated at 34% of the employee's gross salary.
However, contributions are capped at five times the average monthly wage for the previous month in Belarus, so the actual contribution amounts may be lower than 34%.
Total Employment Cost
Types of Leave
All employees are entitled to a basic annual leave quota of 24 calendar days, and have the right to take 14 days consecutively. Every employee is also entitled to nine paid public holidays. National holidays in Belarus are classified into state holidays and other holidays and commemorative days; including religious holidays. The labour year is based on the employee's start date, not the calendar year.
Belarusian employers have the obligation to provide reasons to the employee for termination based on the employee’s conduct at work, business-related economic reasons, and/or the ability of the employee to perform duties at work effectively.
Additional clauses related to termination must be included in the contract between the employee and employer. The contract must cover clauses related to the following scenarios, and what happens when the duration of the contract comes to an end.
Type of terminations:
By mutual agreement
The fixed term contract’s term naturally expires
The employee agrees to be transferred to a different and new position
The employee disagrees with moving to a new work location
The employee disagrees with new labor conditions or re-organization of the company (often relevant in the event of an acquisition)
If an employment contract is terminated after a probationary period the employer must provide valid and just reason. The notice period must be a minimum of two months unless this is otherwise stated in an agreement.
In Belarus, employers must offer a minimum of one-month notice period. The maximum notice period that can be established is three months.
Usually, severance payment details are specified in the employment contract. Generally a default minimum of two weeks of the employee’s average salary is applied.
In Belarus, the maximum probation period is up to three months. In the case of early termination during the probationary period, a minimum of three days’ notice is required.