Remote’s guide to employing in

Serbia
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  • Capital City

    Belgrade

  • Currency

    Serbian dinar (din, RSD)

  • Languages

    Serbian

  • Population size

    6,926,705

Services available in this country:
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Belgrade, Serbia

Facts & Stats

  • Capital City

    Belgrade

  • Currency

    Serbian dinar (din, RSD)

  • Languages

    Serbian

  • Population size

    6,926,705

  • Ease of doing business

    Very easy

  • Cost of living index

    $$ (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    20%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    4.2%

Ranked 64th on the human development index, Serbia is an upper-middle-income economy that provides universal healthcare and free education to its citizens, powered by strong agriculture, petroleum, and IT industries.

Grow your team in Serbia with Remote

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

Risks of misclassification

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

Employing in Serbia

The Serbian Labour Law of 2005 defines provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights are applicable to Serbia’s workforce of 2.9 million. Employees in Serbia 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 the 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 Serbia.

Minimum Wage

The Serbian minimum wage is fixed at 31,747.36 Serbian dinars, roughly equivalent to $322.54 per month. The gross minimum hourly wages are:

  • for a month with 160 working hours: 39,370.61 dinars

  • for a month with 168 working hours: 41,469.67 dinars

  • for a month with 176 working hours: 43,568.73 dinars

  • for a month with 184 working hours: 45,667.79 dinars

This is in accordance with the new tax exemption of 18,300 dinars.

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.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Serbia fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 19 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.

10 Public holidays

Jan
Monday, 1 January 20241New Year's Day (Novogodišnji Dan)
Tuesday, 2 January 20242Second Day of the New Year (Drugi dan Nove godine)
Sunday, 7 January 20243Orthodox Christmas Day (Pravoslavni Božić)
Feb
Thursday, 15 February 20244Statehood Day (Dan državnosti)
Friday, 16 February 20245Day after Statehood Day (Dan posle Dana državnosti)
May
Wednesday, 1 May 20246Labour Day (Praznik rada)
Thursday, 2 May 20247Labour Day Holiday (Praznik rada)
Friday, 3 May 20248Orthodox Good Friday (Pravoslavni Veliki petak)
Monday, 6 May 20249Orthodox Easter Monday (Pravoslavni Vaskršnji ponedeljak)
Nov
Monday, 11 November 202410Armistice Day (Dan primirja)

Competitive benefits package in Serbia

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 Serbia 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 Serbia

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

  • 11.5%

    Pensions and disability contribution

  • 5.15%

    Health insurance

  • 0.75%

    Unemployment insurance

Types of leave

Employees are entitled to at least 20 days of paid holiday annually. Serbian labour law stipulates that the minimal duration of annual leave has to be increased on the basis of following criteria.

  • Contributions to work

  • Working conditions

  • Working experience

  • Kind and level of education of the employee

The Employer is free to determine the exact number of days of increase for each of the categories above.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can be terminated if a just cause is established, such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or any other work-related offences, and the grounds for termination must be tendered in advance to the employee or the latter’s trade union.

Notice period

Advance notice is only required if an employer is terminating an employee for inability to carry out tasks related to the employment contract, and in such a case, can be given anywhere from eight to 30 days in advance.

Severance pay

Severance payments are only mandatory if an employee is laid off due to redundancy and are calculated by multiplying a third of the employee’s annual salary by the number of years of employment with the employer.

Probation periods

The Probation Period is maximum of three months. It is common to apply the maximum probation period to senior roles.

Fair Pricing in Serbia

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at US$599/month

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

US$29

per contractor/month

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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

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

Manage all of your employees in one place

Free
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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