Remote’s guide to employing in

North Macedonia
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  • Capital City

    Skopje

  • Currency

    Macedonian denar (ден, MKD)

  • Languages

    Macedonian and Albanian

  • Population size

    2,083,193

Services available in this country:
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Facts & Stats

  • Capital City

    Skopje

  • Currency

    Macedonian denar (ден, MKD)

  • Languages

    Macedonian and Albanian

  • Population size

    2,083,193

  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    34.15 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    18%

  • 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.

Employing in North Macedonia

Minimum Wage

The minimum is now set at 20,175 Macedonian denar (MKD) per month.

Overtime

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.

26 Public holidays

Jan
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
Mar
Friday, March 29, 20247Good Friday (Orthodox)
Apr
Monday, April 1, 20248Eastern Monday (for Catholics)
Monday, April 8, 20249International Romas Day for Romas
Wednesday, April 10, 202410Festival of Breaking the Fast (Фестивал на кршење на постот)
May
Wednesday, May 1, 202411Labour Day (Ден на трудот)
Sunday, May 5, 202412Orthodox Easter (Православен Велигден)
Monday, May 6, 202413Orthodox Easter Monday (Православен Велигденски понеделник)
Friday, May 24, 202414Saints Cyril and Methodius Day (Ден на светците Кирил и Методиј)
Jun
Monday, June 17, 202415Kurban Bayram for Muslims
Aug
Friday, August 2, 202416Republic Day (ден на Републиката)
Wednesday, August 28, 202417Ascension of the Virgin Mary (Orthodox)
Sep
Sunday, September 8, 202418Independence Day (Ден на независноста)
Saturday, September 28, 202419International Bosniak day for Bosniaks.
Oct
Friday, October 11, 202420Day of Macedonian Uprising in 1941 (Ден на македонското востание во 1941 година)
Wednesday, October 23, 202421Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle (Ден на македонската револуционерна борба)
Nov
Friday, November 1, 202422All Saints Day (Orthodox and Catholics)
Friday, November 22, 202423Albanian alphabet
Dec
Sunday, December 8, 202424Saint Clement of Ohrid Day (Ден на Свети Климент Охридски)
Saturday, December 21, 202425Turkish Language Education Day
Tuesday, December 24, 202426Christmas Eve (for Catholics)

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 localised expertise needed to attract and keep the best global talent.

Our benefits packages in North Macedonia are tailored to fulfil 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

Taxes in North Macedonia

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

  • 9.30%

    Pension

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 authorised 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 labour 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 labour laws about remote employment. Remote can help you with these issues. 

Fair Pricing in North Macedonia

Employer of Record

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Starting at US$599/month

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  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

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  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

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US$29

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  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

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US$50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising 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 labour authority reporting handled for you

HRIS

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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