Remote’s guide to employing in

North Macedonia
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Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Macedonian denar (ден, MKD)

  • Languages

    Macedonian and Albanian

  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
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Facts & Stats

North Macedonia
  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Macedonian denar (ден, MKD)

  • Languages

    Macedonian and Albanian

  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    34.15 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    4% (2021)

North Macedonia is a small country in Southeast Europe. It borders Kosovo, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, and Albania. Its history ranges from being part of many empires and kingdoms from the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire, and finally to being part of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, until its secession in 1991.

Like many countries, the economy of North Macedonia suffered, going down to -6.1% economic growth in 2020, but has since recovered some of its losses with a positive growth of 4% in 2021. The economy is considered upper-middle income, with chief industries being construction, wholesale trade, and retail trade.

Grow your team in North Macedonia with Remote

Looking to employ workers in North Macedonia? Companies hiring in North Macedonia 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 North Macedonia and keep you compliant at all times. Remote can hire, onboard, and pay your North Macedonian team so you don't have to set up local HR services in the region. Remote also makes it easy to pay contractors in North Macedonia. Sign up now to get started or talk to an expert for more details.

Risks of misclassification

North Macedonia, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in North Macedonia may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

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Employing in North Macedonia

Minimum Wage

The monthly minimum wage is now 33,352 gross Macedonian denar (MKD) per month.


The standard working hours in North Macedonia are 40 per week and eight hours per day. Night work is paid at 135% of the normal salary. If necessary, overtime hours are permissible to a maximum of eight hours per week. The overtime must be no less than 135% of the normal salary. Work performed on weekends and public holidays is paid at 150% of the normal salary.

Payroll Cycle

Salaries in North Macedonia are paid monthly.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in North Macedonia fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 10 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.

30 Public holidays

Monday, January 1, 20241New Year's Day (Новогодишен ден)
Saturday, January 6, 20242Orthodox Christmas Eve (Orthodox only)
Sunday, January 7, 20243Orthodox Christmas Day (Православен Божиќ)
Monday, January 8, 20244Orthodox Christmas
Friday, January 19, 20245Epiphany (Orthodox only)
Saturday, January 27, 20246St. Sava day for Serbians
Monday, April 1, 20247Eastern Monday (for Catholics)
Monday, April 8, 20248International Romas Day for Romas
Wednesday, April 10, 20249Festival of Breaking the Fast (Фестивал на кршење на постот)
Wednesday, April 24, 202410Presidential Elections in North Macedonia
Wednesday, May 1, 202411Labor Day (Ден на трудот)
Friday, May 3, 202412Orthodox Easter Friday
Monday, May 6, 202413Orthodox Easter Monday (Православен Велигденски понеделник)
Wednesday, May 8, 202414Parliamentary Elections in North Macedonia
Thursday, May 23, 202415International Day of Vlachs
Friday, May 24, 202416Saints Cyril and Methodius Day (Ден на светците Кирил и Методиј)
Sunday, June 16, 202417Kurban Bayram for Muslims
Friday, June 21, 202418Pentecost Eve (for Orthodox only)
Friday, August 2, 202419Republic Day (ден на Републиката)
Wednesday, August 28, 202420Ascension of the Virgin Mary (Orthodox)
Sunday, September 8, 202421Independence Day (Ден на независноста)
Saturday, September 28, 202422International Bosniak day for Bosniaks.
Friday, October 11, 202423Day of Macedonian Uprising in 1941 (Ден на македонското востание во 1941 година)
Saturday, October 12, 202424Jom Kipur (for Jewish employees only)
Wednesday, October 23, 202425Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle (Ден на македонската револуционерна борба)
Friday, November 1, 202426All Saints Day (Orthodox and Catholics)
Friday, November 22, 202427Albanian alphabet day (Albanians only)
Sunday, December 8, 202428Saint Clement of Ohrid Day (Ден на Свети Климент Охридски)
Saturday, December 21, 202429Turkish Language Education Day (for Turks only)
Wednesday, December 25, 202430Christmas Eve (for Catholics)

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Competitive benefits package in North Macedonia

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 needed to attract and keep the best global talent.

Our benefits packages in North Macedonia are tailored to fulfill the local needs of employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Fair Pricing in North Macedonia

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $599/month

for annual plans

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localized benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors


per contractor/month

Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localized contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility


Consolidate your multi-country payroll


per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralizing payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labor authority reporting handled for you

HR Management

Manage all of your employees in one place


Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app