Hire employees in

Serbia, hassle-free

Hire employees in Serbia, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Serbia. 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 Serbia is 5 days with Deel.


Serbian Dinar RSD



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Hire employees in Serbia. No entity needed.

Usually, to hire in Serbia, 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.

Serbia also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in Serbia quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.

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

  • Meal Allowance
  • Public Health Insurance
  • Disability Insurance

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Minimum Wage Requirements

The minimum wage is RSD 35,012 per month

Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax ranges from 0% to 15%. 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 RSD - 2,987,424 0%
Up to RSD - 8,962,272 10%
Over RSD - 8,962,273 15%

Employer Cost

The employer cost is generally estimated at 17% of the employee salary.

  • Pension Insurance - 11.50%
  • Health Insurance - 5.15%
  • Meal Allowance - 500RSD

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Standard working hours are 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week from Monday to Friday.

Overtime payment is not mandatory and may be included in the salary. Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. For additional hours, employees are paid:

  • 126% of the hourly rate, for work from 22:00-06:00
  • 126% of the hourly rate, for work outside of normal hours.
  • 110% of the hourly rate, for work on a public holiday.
  • For each completed year spent in employment with the Employer in the amount of 0.4% of the base salary.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 12 months of paid leave. 28 days must be taken before the child's birth. The employee will receive different levels of salary during the leave:

Period Pay Payer
0 - 30 days 100% Employer
30 days - 12 months Average salary from the last 18 months Social Security

The employee can extend leave an additional 3 months at the employee's average salary from the last 18 months, paid by social security.

Paternity Leave

There is no paternity leave currently required by law.

Parental Leave

In Serbia, no law covers parental leave. However, employees may be entitled to maternity leave and paternity leave.

Sick Leave

Sick leave in Serbia is complex. Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for up to 12 months. This leave is paid at different rates and by different payers depending upon length and type of sickness:

Period Pay Payer
0 - 30 days 65% of the base salary Employer
30 days - 12 months. Can be less depending on the sickness Depending on Sickness Social Security

Termination Requirements

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 Serbia can be complex. There is no at-will termination in Serbia 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
    • Objective grounds
    • Disciplinary dismissal
    • Performance due to unsuitability for the job
  • By the expiration of the contract

Notice Period

The minimum notice period is 8 days and the maximum notice period is 30 days. The length is agreed upon in the employment agreement.

Severance for Employees

In Serbia, all employees who are terminated due to redundancy are entitled to severance pay. Severance pay is 1/3 of the employee's monthly salary per year of service.

Paid Time Off

Both full-time and part-time employees are entitled to 20 working days of paid time off (PTO) a year. PTO accrues monthly at 1.67 days per month. Employees are eligible for annual leave after 1 month of work.

Public Holidays

National Holidays in Serbia are complex. Serbia celebrates a possible 14 national holidays over 21 days, however not all of them are non-working and some are religion-dependent.

National public holidays include:

  1. New Year - (2 days)
  2. Meeting - Serbian Statehood Day (2 days)
  3. Labor Day - (2 days)
  4. Armistice Day in the First World War
  5. The first day of Christmas
  6. Easter holidays (4 days)
  7. Orthodox - on the first day of baptism - (Religion Dependant)
  8. Members of the Islamic community - on the first day of Eid al-Fitr and the first day of Eid al-Adha - (Religion-dependent)
  9. Members of the Jewish community - on the first day of Yom Kippur - (Religion-dependent)
  10. Saint Sava - (Working day)
  11. Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust, Genocide and Other Victims of Fascism in the Second World War - (Working day)
  12. Victory Day - (Working day)
  13. Vidovdan - (Working day)
  14. Day of Remembrance of Serbian victims in the Second World War - (Working day)


5 business days after signing SOW.

Employment Contract Details

Contracts must be in Serbian and can be bilingual. Bonuses should be noted as an Annex. They must be in writing and signed by both parties.

A contract must include:

  • Name
  • Start date
  • Length of the employment
  • Job description
  • Termination conditions

Probation Period

Probation periods are not mandatory. The maximum probation period is 180 days.

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With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Serbia. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing
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