Remote’s guide to employing in

Albania
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  • Capital City

    Tirana

  • Currency

    Albanian Lek (L, ALL)

  • Languages

    Albanian

  • Population size

    2,845,955

Services available in this country:
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Facts & Stats

  • Capital City

    Tirana

  • Currency

    Albanian Lek (L, ALL)

  • Languages

    Albanian

  • Population size

    2,845,955

  • Ease of doing business

    Easy

  • Cost of living index

    40.25 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    20%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    2.2% (2019)

The Republic of Albania (República e Shqipërisë) is a unitary parliamentary constitutional republic in Southeastern Europe, nestled on the Mediterranean and sharing borders with Montenegro, Kosovo, Greece, and North Macedonia.

Over the centuries, Albanian people have resurfaced in European history under the Illyrians, Romans, Venetians, and Ottomans, before achieving independence in 1912. Unfortunately Albanians continued to experience political turmoil through the last century, but the new nation has emerged from this recent past with optimism.

Until 1990, Albania had a socialist economy dominated by agricultural production on state farms. Food was in short supply, and despite significant progress over the last 30 years, many of the country’s population still suffers in poverty.

While Albania may not be able to boast of rocketship economic growth, the country promises you a welcoming population, beautiful antique towns, breathtaking coastline, and a very low cost of living in comparison to other European nations.

Grow your team in Albania with Remote

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

Risks of misclassification

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

Employing in Albania

Provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights are spelled out in the Albanian Constitution as well as the Albanian Labour Code and Social Security Law of 1995.

Employees in Albania enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, 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 Albania.

Minimum wage

The monthly minimum wage in Albania is fixed at 40,000 ALL ($380.92) per month.

Minimum Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Albania fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 8 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

Jan
Monday, January 1, 20241New Year's Day (Dita e Vitit te Ri)
Tuesday, January 2, 20242New Year's Day Holiday (Festa e Ditës së Vitit të Ri)
Mar
Thursday, March 14, 20243Summer Day (Dita e Verës)
Friday, March 22, 20244Nevruz Day (Dita e Nevruzit)
Apr
Monday, April 1, 20245Easter Monday (e hena e Pashkeve)
Wednesday, April 10, 20246Eid al-Fitr (Fitr Bajrami)
May
Wednesday, May 1, 20247Labor Day (Dita e Punës)
Sunday, May 5, 20248Orthodox Easter (Pashkët Ortodokse)
Monday, May 6, 20249Orthodox Easter Monday (E hëna e Pashkëve Ortodokse)
Jun
Monday, June 17, 202410Eid al-Adha (Kurban Bajrami)
Sep
Thursday, September 5, 202411Mother Teresa Sanctification Day (Dita e Shenjtërimit të Shenjt Terezës)
Nov
Thursday, November 28, 202412Independence Day (Dita e Pavaresise)
Friday, November 29, 202413Liberation Day (Dita e Lirimit)
Dec
Monday, December 9, 202414Youth Day (Dita e Rinisë)
Wednesday, December 25, 202415Christmas Day (Dita e Krishtlindjeve)

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Competitive benefits package in Albania

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 Albania 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

Taxes in Albania

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

  • 15%

    Social Security

  • 1.7%

    Health Insurance

Types of leave

Employees are entitled to four weeks of paid leave after completing their first year of employment with an employer. Workers who’ve been employed for less than a year can exercise their vacation entitlement on a prorated basis.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can be terminated with notice, following the statutory process. Termination causes should be based on one of the recognised valid grounds by local laws.

Notice period

Notice periods range from one to three months, depending on an employee’s tenure with an employer. Notice can only be applied after a valid legal termination process.

• Up to 2 years: between 2 weeks and 1 months’ notice

• Years 2 - 5: 2 months’ notice

• 5+ years: 3 months’ notice

Severance pay

Employees who’ve been employed for at least three years are entitled to a severance package equivalent to 15 days’ pay for each complete year.

Probation periods

Probation periods are limited to three months, during which employees can be terminated with five days’ notice.

Fair Pricing in Albania

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $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, localized benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors

$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, localized contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Remote Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

$50

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

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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