Hire employees and contractors in Moldova

Remote’s guide to employing in Moldova.

  • Capital city

    Chișinău

  • Currency

    Moldovan leu
    (L, MDL)

  • Population size

    2,640,438
    (est. Jan 2020)

  • Languages spoken

    Romanian

Facts & Stats

The Republic of Moldova (Republica Moldova) is a parliamentary republic in Eastern Europe, sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania, and famous for its love of wine, elaborate monasteries, and the chunky aurochs emblazoned on their unique flag.

With a high human development index and strong economic performance, Moldova boasts a thriving services sector – a pointer marking Moldova as a growing target for talent expansion.

  • Capital city

    Chișinău

  • Currency

    Moldovan leu
    (L, MDL)

  • Languages spoken

    Romanian

  • Population size

    2,640,438 (est. Jan 2020)

  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    32.68 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Bi-Monthly/Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    20%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    3.6 (2019)

Grow your team in Moldova with Remote

Remote currently offers contractor payment and management services in Moldova. We are busy building our own entity in the country to provide you with best possible employment solutions for your employees.

Risks
of misclassification

Moldova, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time workers differently and there are risks associated with misclassification.

Employing in Moldova

The Labour Code of the Republic of Moldova is the principal legislation spelling out provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights for Moldova’s workforce of 872,000.

Employees in Moldova enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Moldova.

Public holidays

Date
Holiday Name
Extra information
Saturday, January 1, 2022New Year's Day
Friday, January 7, 2022Orthodox Christmas (old Christmas)
Saturday, January 8, 2022Orthodox Christmas (old Christmas)
Tuesday, March 8, 2022International Women's Day
Sunday, May 1, 2022Labor Day
Monday, May 2, 2022Orthodox Easter SundayChanges Annually
Tuesday, May 3, 2022Orthodox Easter MondayChanges Annually
Monday, May 9, 2022Victory Day
Saturday, August 27, 2022Independence Day
Wednesday, August 31, 2022Language Day
Sunday, December 25, 2022Christmas Day

Minimum Wage

The Moldovan minimum wage is fixed at 2775 Moldovan lei ($153.46) per month, for private sector workers.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Competitive benefits package in Moldova

Remote can help you provide a competitive and compliant benefits package for your employees in Moldova. If you have questions or would like to offer a custom benefit, let us know and we can help.

  • Medical insurance plan
  • Dental insurance plan
  • Vision insurance plan
  • Additional paid holidays
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Pension scheme
  • Life insurance
  • Other insurance

Taxes in Moldova

Learn how employment taxes affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Moldova.

  • Employer

    • 24 – 32% - Social security contributions

  • Employee

    • 9% - Health insurance contribution

    • 12% - Personal income tax rate

Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees are entitled to 28 days of paid leave annually, which can be split up, provided one part lasts at least 14 days.

Public holidays

There are 14 public holidays employees can take off work.

Sick days

Employees are entitled to sick leave, paid by the employer for the first five days of an illness, and compensated by the social security agency for the remainder of the sick leave.

Maternity leave

Female employees are entitled to 18 weeks of paid maternity leave, starting 10 weeks before delivery and lasting until eight weeks post-delivery. For multiple births, this increases to 26 weeks of maternity leave, starting 16 weeks before delivery and lasting until 10 weeks after.

After the initial maternity leave entitlement, a new mother, her partner, or any relative caring for the newborn can request up to three years of partly paid childcare leave until the newborn turns three. Another year of unpaid leave can be exercised, available until the newborn turns four years of age.

Paternity/Parental leave

Fathers are entitled to 14 days of paternity leave, paid at a rate of 100% of the father’s normal wages, within eight weeks of a new birth.

Other leave

  • Adoption: Adoptive parents claiming guardianship of a newborn are entitled to eight weeks of leave, starting the day the decision is finalized, or 10 weeks in case of multiple adoptions.

Employment termination

Termination process

An employee contract may be terminated after it runs its course, if a just cause is established, or if the employer encounters financial challenges that make it impossible to follow through on the remainder of the contract’s term.

Notice period

Employers must provide at least two months’ notice if they’re terminating an employee for financial reasons, or just a month’s notice, if the decision is due to unsatisfactory performance on the employee’s part. Employees who’re being let go for misconduct are not entitled to prior notice of termination.

An employer must inform the union an employee belongs to before finalizing a decision to let an employee go.

Severance pay

Employees are entitled to a severance package equivalent to a week’s wages for every year worked, and at least one month’s pay, if they’re being let go for financial reasons, i.e., bankruptcy, etc.

Probation periods

Probation periods in Moldova can last up to three months, or six, in the case of employees engaged to occupy official positions.

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