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Global HR Compliance in Macedonia

If you hire international workforce, or plan to hire, then Hiring and Firing Workforce in Macedonia Guide below will help you understand the nuances of labor legislation in the country.

Companies hire international workforce for various reasons but in most cases they are:

  • entering the foreign markets to sell company products. To do so, the company hires sales representatives who would represent their product and sell it to their local client base.
  • hiring a global talent with unique skills that is unavailable in the local market or costs the company less than the talent with similar skills hired in the home country.

Before entering a certain foreign market or engaging a global talent, it is crucial for the company to understand how it can make local hires and reward its workers on a monthly basis. Growing companies often face a challenge of paying benefits and bonuses to the commission-based independent sales representatives they are working with.

If you intend to hire and pay your foreign workforce in full compliance with labor laws and regulations of Macedonia, then the Global Employer of Record service from Acumen International may be the best way for you to go. We are an International PEO company and we specialize in global employment, meaning we can employ your employees in Macedonia and act as their legal employer on your behalf. We will payroll your foreign workforce monthly and provide benefits to them through our global network so you don’t have to set up your own legal entities there.

We are experts in global workforce employment in , and our goal is to become your single provider. Instead of working with numerous local staffing agencies and legal advisors, Acumen International can solve your global business challenges and save you time, costs, and resources.

Our team of English-speaking professionals frees you from working through language nuances. Acumen International works 24/7 and can assist you whenever you need, regardless of time zones. Our goal is to create tailored labor solutions for you that are managed legally and in full compliance with the local employment laws.

With our knowledge and deep understanding of local nuances, you easily satisfy your need for skilled professionals in your global industry. With our qualified local partners, you can trust that your global workforce satisfies all local tax, social security, and immigration requirements in Macedonia.

Hiring and Firing Workforce in Macedonia Guide

# Employment contracts

Employment may commence for a period of time that has not been previously determined (full time employment). Employment may commence for a period of time that has previously been determined (part time employment), particularly in the following instances:

  1. seasonal work, for a maximum of nine months in the course of one calendar year;
  2. increased scope of work, for a maximum of six months in the course of one calendar year;
  3. replacement of an absent worker, during the period of absence; and
  4. work on a particular project, until the completion of the project.

# Minimum (Statutory) Employment Rules and Regulations in Macedonia

# Hours of work:
Working hours amount to 40 hours per working week (full working hours). Employers may introduce working hours shorter than 40 hours per week in the cases and under conditions stipulated by this Law (reduced working hours). Employers may introduce working hours shorter than 40 hours per week in cases when work is organized in shifts, but not less than 32 hours for employees working in shifts.

# Annual leave:
Employees are entitled to annual leave during the course of one calendar year of a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 26 working days. Employees who have not accumulated one year of work in the calendar year in which they have commenced employment, are entitled to annual leave of two working days for each month of employment, but not exceeding 18 working days. The duration of annual leave for employees working under specific working conditions is determined by branch collective agreements, however, it may not exceed 36 working days. The duration of annual leave is determined by the employer particularly on the basis of: the length of working experience, the complexity of the working duties, the working conditions and the employees state of health.

# Parental leave:
Female employees are entitled to nine months continual leave from work during pregnancy, birth and maternity, and one year leave for birth of more than one child (twins, triplets, etc.). Based on the findings of authorized medical institutions, female employees may begin maternity leave 45 days before delivery and compulsorily 28 days before delivery. Female employees who have adopted a child are entitled leave until the child is nine months old and one year leave for the adoption of more children (two or more). Female employees who have adopted children between the age of nine months and five years, are entitled to three months leave from work. During maternity leave female employees are entitled to compensation of pay in compliance with the health care regulations.

# Sick leave:
Employees are generally eligible for paid sick leave.

# Overtime:
Employees who are engaged in part time seasonal work and who have rendered over 40 hours in the working week during the period of employment, shall receive overtime and those hours shall be computed in the years of service.

# State minimum salary:
The Republic of Macedonia’ minimum wage is 10,500 Macedonian denars ($182.3) per month. Republic of Macedonia’s minimum wage was last changed in March 2016.

# Employee dismissal:
Employment shall terminate in the following instances:

  1. through agreement;
  2. following the expiration term of employment;
  3. when enforced by law;
  4. through notice; and
  5. due to economic, technological, structural or similar transformations.
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