Hire and pay employees in
Moldova, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Moldova. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

The average onboarding time frame in Moldova is 2 days with Deel.

Currency

Moldovan leu

Capital

Chișinău

Official Language

Romanian

Payroll Cycle

Monthly

Onboard, pay and manage employees in Moldova with Deel.

Usually, to hire in Moldova, 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.

Deel lets you hire employees in Moldova quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more. For your existing direct employees, we can manage your entire payroll operation from end-to-end.

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All the necessary benefits for Moldova
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Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Moldova within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

  • Pension Fund
  • Public Health Care
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Private Healthcare - Allianz (optional)

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Minimum Wage Requirements

The minimum wage for employees in Moldova is MDL 5,000/month for full-time employeees.

Individual Income Tax

In Moldova, employees are taxed at a flat rate of 12%

Payroll Cost

The employer cost is generally estimated at 24% of the employee salary.

  • Social Security - 24.0%
  • One-off Mandatory Wet Ink Employment Agreement Handling Fee - USD 80

These costs are provided as estimates and are intended solely for general informational purposes. To fully comprehend all associated costs and fees related to the terms of any employment agreement for this country, please contact our Sales team for a quote.

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Standard working hours are 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. The standard work week is from Monday to Friday.

Overtime payment is mandatory. Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. Employees can work a maximum of 2 hours of overtime. For additional hours, employees are paid:

  • 150% of the hourly rate, the first 2 hours a week.
  • 200% of the hourly rate, the following hours.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 126 days of paid leave. The employee will receive 100% of their average salary from the last 12 months during this period, and Social Security will be responsible for this pay.

Paternity Leave

Employees who have a minimum of 9 months of social security contributions are entitled to 14 days of paid paternity leave. The employee will receive 100% of their average salary from the last 3 months during this period, and Social Security will be responsible for this pay.

Parental Leave

Employees are entitled to up to 36 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. Social Security will pay the salary during this period and it will vary depend.

Parental leave can't be extended.

Leave Length Leave Pay
12 Months 90% of the average monthly salary for the last 12 months of employment
24 Months 60% of the average monthly salary for the last 12 months of employment in the first 12 months of leave, and 30% in the following months
36 Months 30% of the average monthly salary for the last 12 months of employment until the child reaches 3 years of age.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for up to 210 days. This leave is paid at different rates and by different payers depending upon length:

Period Pay Payer
0 - 15 days 75% Employer
15 - 210 days 80% of Social Security

 

Additional leave 

Employees are also entitled to leave for the following cases:

  • Casual leave. Employees may be granted a casual leave of up to 120 calendar days with the consent of the employer to use for family and other good reasons. Casual leave is unpaid
  • Parents with two or more children under 14 years are entitled by law to at least four additional calendar days of paid leave each year.
  • Special cases paid leave:
    • Newlyweds - 3 days, starting from the date of marriage registration.
    • in case of death of parents, in-laws, or children - 3 days.
    • in case of death of relatives II degree - 1 day.
    • Parents (both mother and father) with children in 1st and 2nd grade - 1 day at the beginning of the school year and 1 day at the end of the school year.

Termination Requirements

Terminations in Moldova can be complex. There is no at-will termination in Moldova for employers outside the probation period 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
    • objective grounds
    • disciplinary dismissal
    • performance due to unsuitability for the job
  • By the expiration of the contract

Notice Period

The minimum notice period is 30 days and will be increased according to the type of termination.

  • 30 days if the termination is for repeated non-fulfillment
  • 60 days if the termination is due to a reduction in the number of staffing levels

Severance for Employees

In Moldova, all employees who are terminated with no cause are entitled to severance pay. Severance pay 1 week of salary per year of service up to 6 months base compensation.

To protect you from unforeseen financial risks arising from terminations, Deel applies a Severance Accrual to all employment agreements in this country.  Deel has extensive expertise in managing litigation risk globally and our Severance Accrual calculation is based on the prevailing common-law or statutory entitlements and local best practices. In the event your employee resigns or is not entitled to severance, all unused amounts will be returned to you.

Paid Time Off

Both full-time and part-time employees are entitled to 21 working days of paid time off (PTO) a year. PTO accrues monthly at 1.75 days per month. Employees are eligible for annual leave after six months of continuous employment.

Public Holidays

Moldova celebrates both 13 national and 1 regional holiday based on the location of the employee.

National public holidays include:

  • New Year's Day
  • Orthodox Christmas Day
  • Orthodox Christmas Holiday
  • International Women's Day
  • Orthodox Easter Sunday
  • Orthodox Easter Monday
  • Easter of Blajini
  • Labour Day
  • Victory Day
  • Children's Day
  • Independence Day
  • National Language Day
  • Christmas Day

Onboarding

Onboarding takes 2 business days after signing SOW. Documents must be completed 1 day before the start date.

Employment Contract Details

Contracts can be in English and can be bilingual. They must be in writing and signed by both parties.

A contract must include:

  • name

  • start date

  • length of the employment

  • job title

    • This must be picked from the appropriate title in accordance with the Moldovan Occupational Classifier. The Classification is available only in Romanian and Russian.

  • job description

  • termination conditions

Probation Period

The minimum probation is 30 days and the maximum probation period is 180 days.
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