Remote’s guide to employing in

North Macedonia
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  • Capital city


  • Currency

    Macedonian denar (ден, MKD)

  • Languages

    Macedonian and Albanian

  • Population size


Services available in this country:
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Facts & Stats

  • 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.

Competitive benefits package in North Macedonia

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practicing “fair equity”, which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

We are still busy building our own entity in North Macedonia, but our benefits packages for all countries are tailored to fulfill the local needs of your 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

Taxes in North Macedonia

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in North Macedonia.

  • 9.30%


Personal income tax: 10% for income up to 1,080,000 MKD per year, and 18% for income beyond that amount.

Types of Leave

All employees are entitled to fully paid annual leave of 20 days. Annual leave may be extended to 26 days if mutually agreed by employer and employee. Up to 26 days of leave can be taken by employees with 30 years of service. Part-time workers can take 10 days of annual leave. The payment for annual leave is 40% of the average of the last three months’ net salary.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employers may terminate an employment contract if the business requires employee dismissal for not fulfilling work obligations, if the employee misbehaves, if the employee lacks knowledge, or if the employee breaks the rules. If an employer intends to dismiss an employee for the fault of the employee, the employee must first be warned of the possibility of termination.

Termination is prohibited for reasons of union membership, illness, pregnancy, filing a complaint, parental leave, leave for the care of a family member, taking authorized leave, military service, or for any other reason set in the employment contract or the law.

Employers may for absence without leave of three consecutive days or five non-consecutive days in one year, misuse of sick leave, intoxication, the violation of safety rules, having drugs or alcohol at work, theft, destruction of property, or the disclosure of confidential information.

Notice period

Written notice must be given before dismissal with the reason for dismissal, the possibility of legal recourse, and the right to unemployment compensation.

For indefinite contracts, one month's notice is required. Two months of notice is required if the dismissal affects over 5% or 150 employees of the company.

Termination during probation requires a three-day notice.

Severance pay

The amount of severance is based on the duration of service with a company.

In the case of redundancy for business reasons, the employer owes employees severance payments based on their length of service. The basis is the average net salary in the last six months of employment, but not less than 50% of the average net salary per employee in North Macedonia in the month before dismissal.

  • One net salary for up to five years of employment.

  • Two and one-half net salaries for five to 10 years of employment.

  • Three and one-half net salaries for 10 to 15 years of employment.

  • Four and one-half net salaries for 15 to 20 years of employment.

  • Six net salaries for 20 to 25 years of employment.

  • Seven net salaries for over 25 years of employment.

Employees can take payment for unused annual leave upon termination.

Probation periods

Probation periods should not be more than four months.

Your company should partner with an employer of record like Remote to be sure of compliance with all of the aforementioned labor laws and any other laws and regulations in regards to remote employment in North Macedonia. Employer of record services for North Macedonia may eventually be developed, so be sure to check back. Whether you’re employing in North Macedonia or another place wherein we provide services, it is important to know the labor laws about remote employment. Remote can help you with these issues.