Remote’s guide to employing in

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Make employment in Bulgaria easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Bulgaria, all in one easy-to-use platform.

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor ManagementPayroll
  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Bulgarian lev (лв., BGN)

  • Languages


  • Population size


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

  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Bulgarian lev (лв., BGN)

  • Languages


  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index

    $$ (91 of 139 nations)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    3.7% (2019)

Bulgaria is a country in Southeast Europe with Romania, Serbia and North Macedonia, Greece, and Turkey as its bordering countries. Its capital and largest city is Sofia while other major cities include Plovdiv, Varna, and Burgas.

Bulgaria is a founding state of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and is a member of NATO, the European Union, and the Council of Europe. The country's economy revolves around services industries, in addition to mining and agriculture. Even though Bulgaria has the lowest GDP per capita and joint-lowest Human Development Index in the European Union, it is a developing country with an upper-middle-income economy.

Grow your team in Bulgaria with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Bulgaria? Companies hiring in Bulgaria must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Bulgaria on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Bulgaria team. You can also pay contractors now in Bulgaria with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

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

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Employing in Bulgaria

Companies that are looking to hire people in Bulgaria must ensure they have a deep understanding of the Bulgarian Labour Code. Legislation in Bulgaria is also closely linked to the labour laws of the European Union. Companies that are looking to employ people in Bulgaria must understand the specific Bulgarian laws around equal pay for men and women, the limitations of overtime, bans on workplace discrimination, and the specific legislative requirements of managing sick leave for Bulgarian employees.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process may be about overtime rates, health insurance, and parental leave. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Bulgaria.

Minimum Wage

From January 1, 2024, Bulgaria's minimum wage will increase by 19.6% to BGN 933, as decided by the government. The maximum monthly amount of insurance income is set at BGN 3, 750.

Payroll Cycle

Salaries in Bulgaria are paid mid-month for the previous month. For example, salaries for April are paid in mid-May.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Bulgaria fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 6 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.

15 Public holidays

Monday, 1 January 20241New Year's Day (Нова година)
Sunday, 3 March 20242Liberation Day (Ден на освобождението)
Monday, 4 March 20243Liberation Day Holiday
Wednesday, 1 May 20244Labour Day (Ден на труда)
Friday, 3 May 20245Orthodox Good Friday (Православен Разпети петък)
Saturday, 4 May 20246Orthodox Holy Saturday (Православна Велика събота)
Sunday, 5 May 20247Orthodox Easter (Православен Великден)
Monday, 6 May 20248Orthodox Easter Monday (Православен Великден понеделник)
Friday, 24 May 20249Saints Cyril and Methodius Day (Ден на свети Кирил и Методий)
Friday, 6 September 202410Unification Day (Ден на обединението)
Sunday, 22 September 202411Independence Day (Ден на независимостта)
Monday, 23 September 202412Independence Day Holiday
Tuesday, 24 December 202413Christmas Eve (Бъдни вечер)
Wednesday, 25 December 202414Christmas Day (Коледа)
Thursday, 26 December 202415Day after Christmas (Ден след Коледа)

Competitive benefits package in Bulgaria

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “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).

Our benefits packages in Bulgaria are tailored to fulfil 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

Fair Pricing in Bulgaria

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, localised 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, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll


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


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