Hire employees in Cyprus. No entity needed.
Usually, to hire in Cyprus, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.
Cyprus also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in Cyprus quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.
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- Public Health Insurance
- Redundancy Fund
- Private Healthcare - Unisure (optional)
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Minimum Wage Requirements
Individual Income Tax
The individual income tax ranges from 0% to 35%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates. Multiple additional factors may impact overall rates such as the household status and the number of children.
|Gross Annual Income||Tax Rate (%)|
|Up to EUR 19,500||0%|
|Up to EUR 28,000||20%|
|Up to EUR 36,300||25%|
|Up to EUR 60,000||30%|
|Over EUR 60,000||35%|
The employer cost is generally estimated at 14.90% of the employee salary.
- Social Security - 8.30%
- Social Cohesion fund - 2%
- Human resources - 0.5%
- Redundancy fund - 1.2%
- General Health care system - 2.9%
Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours
Standard working hours are 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. The standard workweek is from Monday to Friday.
Employees working in the retail and sales industries can have a standard 8 hours per day, 48 hours per week from Monday to Saturday.
Pregnant employees who have worked for 180 consecutive days for the same employer are entitled to 18 weeks of paid leave. Two weeks must be taken before the child's birth. The employee will receive 72% of their salary during this period, and Social Security will be responsible for this pay.
The employee can extend leave at the employer’s sole discretion and with no payment.
Employees who have worked for 180 consecutive days for the same employer are entitled to 14 days of paid paternity leave. Leave must be taken within the first 16 weeks after the birth of the child. The employee will receive 72% of their salary during this period, and Social Security will be responsible for this pay.
The employee can extend leave at the employer’s sole discretion and without payment.
Employees are entitled to 8 months of parental leave. Both parents can decide how to distribute the time off, which should be taken after paternity and maternity leave. Either parent can take parental leave. This leave will be unpaid.
Parental leave can't be extended.
Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for up to 156 days. This leave is paid at different rates and by different payers depending upon length:
|0 - 3 days||100% of base salary||Employer|
|4 - 156 days||60% of base salary||Social Security|
Terminations must respect complex rules and the rules of an employee’s employment country. The off-boarding is always handled by the Employer with the primary stakeholders. It may include ad-hoc fees as well as required or recommended steps on specific termination cases.
Terminations in Cyprus can be complex. There is no at-will termination in Cyprus for employers, and termination must be done for just cause.
Compliant terminations include:
- Voluntarily by the employee
- By mutual agreement
- Unilaterally by the employer based on:
- Probation period
- Serious offense by the employee
- Disciplinary dismissal
- By the expiration of the contract
If the employee is to be fired, the employer must do so within a specified period after the cause of dismissal has taken place. Otherwise, dismissal can be considered unlawful. The timeframe for notice must be reviewed as a case by case by the legal counsel.
The minimum notice period is seven days and will be increased according to the length of the employment.
- One week if the length of service is up to 51 weeks
- Two weeks if the length of service is up to 103 weeks
- Four weeks if the length of service is up to 155 weeks
- Five weeks if the length of service is up to 207 weeks
- Six weeks if the length of service is up to 311 weeks
- Seven weeks if the length of service is over to 312 weeks
Severance for Employees
In Cyprus, all employees who are unlawfully terminated or terminated due to the employer's behavior are entitled to severance pay. Severance pay depends on the length of the service:
- Up to 4 years of service - 2 weeks pay
- Between 5 and 10 years of service - 2.5 weeks pay
- Between 11 and 15 years of service - 3 weeks pay
- Between 16 and 20 years of service - 3.5 weeks pay
- Over 20 years of service - 4 weeks pay.
An employee is not entitled to compensation for termination of employment if he has attained the pensionable age before the date of his employment termination.
Paid Time Off
Full-time employees are entitled to 20 working days of paid time off (PTO) a year. Employees working six days a week, are entitled to 24 working days of paid time PTO per year. PTO accrues monthly at 1.67 days per month and the employee must take leave in the current calendar year accrued.
Cyprus celebrates 16 national holidays.
National public holidays include:
- New Year's Day
- Epiphany Day
- Greek Monday
- Greek Independence Day
- National Day
- Orthodox Good Friday
- Orthodox Good Sunday
- Orthodox Good Monday
- Labor Day
- Orthodox Pentecost Monday
- Assumption Day
- Cyprus Independence Day
- Ochi Day
- Christmas Eve
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
Employment Contract Details
Contracts can be in English, Greek, or both languages. They must be in writing and signed by both parties. A contract must include:
- Start date
- Length of the employment
- Job description
- Termination conditions
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