Hire and pay 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.

Currency

Serbian Dinar RSD

Capital

Belgrade

Official Language

Serbian

Payroll Cycle

Monthly

Onboard, pay and manage employees in Serbia with Deel.

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.

Deel lets you hire employees in Serbia 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 Serbia
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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 national minimum wage for full-time employees is:

2023

2024

RSD 230 per hour

RSD 271 per hour

Individual Income Tax

Income taxes are collected by the Tax Administration according at a flat rate of 10%. 
Taxpayers with annual incomes of 3 or more times the average annual salary are subject to supplementary taxes of between 10 and 15%.
Taxes are offset by a personal tax deduction equal to 40% of the average annual salary. Additional tax relief applies to taxpayers with dependents.

Payroll Cost

The employer cost is generally estimated at 15.15% of the employee salary.

  • Pension Insurance - 10% up to a monthly maximum salary for the contribution of RSD 573,470    
  • Health Insurance - 5.15% up to a monthly maximum salary for the contribution of RSD 573,470    
  • Meal Allowance - RSD 500    
  • Employment Agreement Handling Fee - $80 USD    

*For monthly salaries higher than RSD 573,470, employer costs will be capped at RSD 86,908.

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 and 40 hours per week from Monday to Friday.
Overtime payment is not mandatory and may be included in the salary. Overtime may also be paid as leave in-lieu. 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.
  • 210% 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

Employees are entitled to 9-21 months of paid paternity leave. The length of the leave depends on the employer. Additionally, employees are eligible for another 5 days of company-paid leave when their legal spouse gives birth. This leave is paid for by the government at 100% of the employee’s salary.

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

If an employee is being terminated due to breach of work duty or inability or lack of qualifications, they have the right to continue working for a notice period of between 5 and 30 days (depending on the period of paid pension insurance).
Otherwise, the notice period is as follows:
During probation period: At least 5 days
After probation period: Between 15 and 30 days

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

There are 7 national public holidays in Serbia, some of which last more than 1 day. There are also multiple religious holidays that are not listed below.

  • New Year (2 days)
  • Orthodox Christmas
  • Statehood Day (2 days)
  • Orthodox Easter Friday
  • Orthodox Easter Monday
  • Labor Day (2 days)
  • Armistice Day in World War I

Onboarding

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 and last name of the employee
  • Address from the ID
  • JMBG (personal Citizen Number)
  • Level of education
  • Occupation based on education
  • Employer's name
  • Employers' PIB and MB number
  • Employers address
  • Name of the employer's legal representative
  • Start date
  • Length of the employment
  • Job description
  • Job title in Serbian corresponding to the Serbian codebook of occupations
  • Working hours
  • Holiday pay
  • Bonuses (Annex)
  • Termination conditions
  • Notice period

Probation Period

Probation periods are not mandatory. The maximum probation period is 180 days.
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Starting at 599 USD

Management fee

Group (9)

17%

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