Hire employees
and contractors in Moldova

Capital city
Chișinău
Currency
Moldovan leu (MDL)
Population size
2,640,438 (2020)
Languages spoken
Bulgarian, Gagauz, Russian, Ukrainian
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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.

  • Capital city
    Chișinău
  • Currency
    Moldovan leu (MDL)
  • Languages spoken
    Bulgarian, Gagauz, Russian, Ukrainian
  • Population size
    2,640,438 (est. Jan 2020)
  • Ease of doing business
    Very Easy (2020)
  • Cost of living index
    32.68 (2021)
  • Payroll frequency
    Bi-Monthly/Monthly
  • VAT – standard rate
    20%
  • GDP - real growth rate
    3.6 (2019)
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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.

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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.
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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
New Year’s Day
Orthodox Christmas
2nd Day of Christmas (Orthodox)
International Women’s Day
Labour Day
Orthodox Easter
Orthodox Easter Monday
Victory Day
Radonitsa
Children’s Day
Independence Day of the Republic of Moldova
Limba noastră
Christmas 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 instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.
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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.

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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
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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.
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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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