Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hiring guide in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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What should I know about hiring in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a beautiful country with a lot to offer. However, if you want to expand your business and set up a shop in Bosnia and Herzegovina, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the country’s hiring practices and the legal requirements you must meet.

A written employment contract that details the employee’s compensation, benefits, and termination requirements is mandatory in Bosnia Herzegovina and must be done in the local language. In addition, salary and other compensation amounts in an offer letter or employment contract in Bosnia should be stated in convertible marks rather than foreign currency. 

It is also important to note that Bosnian workers are entitled to several benefits and protections under the law. These include things like paid vacation days, sick days, and maternity/paternity leave. As an employer, you will be responsible for providing these benefits to your employees.

Why is Bosnia and Herzegovina a good choice for finding remote employees?

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a good choice for finding remote employees for several reasons. First, the country has a highly educated workforce. This means you can find workers with the skills you need for your business. 

Second, the Bosnian workforce is known for being very hardworking. Third, a large talent pool exists in Bosnia and Herzegovina; you can find workers with the specific skills you need for your business. 

Finally, the Bosnian government supports businesses that want to set up operations in the country. This means you can get the help you need to set up your business in Bosnia and Herzegovina and find the workers you need.

How can Native Teams help you hire in Bosnia and Herzegovina

When it comes to recruiting in Bosnia and Herzegovina, partnering with a Native Teams can be a game-changer. We can help with the initial sourcing of candidates, as well as provide support throughout the hiring process. With the help of Native Teams’ employer of record services, your business will have no trouble hiring new workers in Bosnia, onboarding them into the company, and meeting all legal requirements for paying them, providing them with benefits, and paying any applicable taxes.

 Hire your first Bosnian employee with Native Teams.

Legal requirements for hiring in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Minimum wage

Minimum Wage Updated in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 01 January 2022 – January 11, 2022. The minimum wage in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina has been revised with effect from 01 January. The minimum wage has been increased from 540.00 BAM to 590.00 BAM per month.

Contributions & taxes

In FBiH, the employer contributes 6% of the employee’s salary to social security. The employee contributes 17%. Employers and employees must also contribute 0.5% and 1.5% to unemployment insurance, respectively.

In RS, the employee contributes 18.5%. for social security, 0.6% for unemployment insurance, and 1.7% for child protection. There are no employer social security contributions in RS.

The tax base is the net income. After all deductions such as social insurance contributions, personal income tax, and other taxes are made, the employee is entitled to a net monthly salary which in average amounts to 428.00 BAM.

Employer tax

The complexity of the state organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina also applies to the tax system. As part of the harmonization process, indirect taxation at the state level was introduced in 2006. However, direct taxes are still accounted for and paid at the entity level (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (F BiH), Republic of Srpska (RS) and Brcko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BD)).

Corporate tax

The Corporate Tax Rate in Bosnia and Herzegovina remained unchanged at 10 percent in 2021 from 10 percent in 2020. source: Indirect Taxation Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Employee tax

The  Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) and the Republika Srpska (RS) both have a 10% flat rate. Exceptions may apply.

Income tax

Personal income tax (PIT) of 10%, in addition to social security contributions, has to be calculated and withheld by an employer with the salary payment. There are no additional payroll taxes due in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

To calculate the salary and taxes in Bosnia and Herzegovina please click here.

Is there a 13th salary in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

There is no requirement for the 13th salary payment in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Labor rules

Working hours

Typical working hours are a maximum of 40 hours per week. 

In FBiH, an employee can work a maximum of 8 hours overtime per week. In RS, an employee can work a maximum of 4 overtime hours per day, 10 hours per week, and 180 hours per year. Overtime pay is subject to a specific agreement with the employer. 

Overtime laws in Bosnia and Herzegovina are complex and can depend on the specific circumstances and the employee. We are happy to discuss in more detail for a specific context.

Notice period 

An employee must give seven days of notice when quitting. The employer and employee may agree on a different notice period, but it may not be longer than one month if the employee is giving notice to the employer, or three months if the employer is terminating the employee.

Probation period

The maximum length of a probationary period is six months in the FBH and BD, and three months in the RS. In the BD, the probationary period may be renewed once, for an additional six months, for a total probationary period of 12 months.

Severance period

If a worker who concludes an employment contract for an unlimited duration and this contract is terminated by the employer after a minimum of two years of continuous work (except if the contract is terminated due to breach of employment obligations or non-performance of employment obligations by the worker), then the worker is entitled to severance pay to an amount depending on his years of continuous employment with that employer.

Severance payment is determined based on the collective agreement, employment rulebook or employment contract, but it cannot be an amount lower than one-third of the monthly average salary paid to the worker within the last three months prior to termination of the employment contract for every year of service with this employer. The severance payment may not exceed six average monthly salaries paid to the worker in the last three months before the termination of the employment contract.

Leave and benefits

Public holidays

In accordance with the labor laws in FBiH and RS, the minimum annual leave is 20  days, however, no longer than 30 working days, during which the employees are entitled to full salary compensation based on the laws, collective agreements, and rule books.

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. New Year’s Holiday
  3. Orthodox Christmas Eve
  4. Orthodox Christmas Day
  5. Republic Day
  6. Orthodox New Year
  7. Independence Day
  8. Catholic Easter Sunday
  9. Catholic Easter Monday
  10. Orthodox Good Friday
  11. Labor Day
  12. Labor Day Holiday
  13. Orthodox Easter Sunday
  14. Orthodox Easter Monday
  15. Victory Day
  16. Ramadan Bajram
  17. St Vitus Day
  18. Kurban Bajram
  19. All Saints’ Day
  20. Dayton Agreement Day
  21. Statehood Day
  22. Catholic Christmas Day

Sick leave

Under the labor laws in FBiH, employees are entitled to an additional paid leave of absence for five working days for RS, and seven working days for FBiH, annually in cases of serious illness and death of family members. Employees may refuse to work if required health and safety measures are not met by the employer at the workplace. Employers must register all employees for health and health/disability Insurance and enable the full protection of employees against any accidents at work. 

When an employee is temporarily unable to work, employers cannot terminate the employment contract with an employee who suffered an injury at work or was sick. The employer must allow employees to return to their same job they worked in before the occurrence of these conditions.

Maternity leave & paternity leave

Women are entitled to maternity leave for a period of one year without interruption during the pregnancy, childbirth, and after the birth for the care of the baby. Under the labor law of RS, in the case of birth with twins, or the birth of a third child, women are entitled to 18 months of maternity leave. 

The woman may start the maternity leave at her request within 28 days before the due date and on the recommendation of a competent doctor. She may start to work at her request before the expiration of her maternity leave, but not before 60 days after childbirth under the labor law of RS, and 42 days under the labor law of FBiH. 

She is entitled to a 60-minute break during working hours for child feeding and other care. During maternity leave, women are entitled to full salary compensation, the net amount of which could be reverted to the employer from social service with prompt and correct application supported by proposed documents.

A male worker may be granted paternity leave only if his wife is entitled to a full maternity allowance (14 weeks). 

Parental leave 

Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina/Republic of Srpska: 365 days (one year). A woman may start maternity leave 28 days prior to the expected date of birth of the child. District of Brcko: 12 consecutive months. The leave may start 28 days before the presumed date of confinement.

Other leave (marriage, bereavement, exam leave)

An employee shall be entitled to paid absence from work of up to seven working days in one calendar year – paid leave in the case: marriage, wife’s confinement, serious disease or death of a family or household member. 

Family member, in terms of paragraph 1 of this article, shall include: spouses or extramarital partners, a child (from marriage, extramarital, adopted child, adopted child of a spouse, or parentless child taken for support), father, mother, adoptive father, adoptive mother, foster parent, grandfather and grandmother (by father and mother), brothers and sisters. 

An employee shall also be entitled to paid absence in other cases and over periods determined in the rule of the canton, collective agreement or rulebook.


Health security & private insurance

Payroll taxes and the general budget are used to fund Bosnia’s mandatory universal healthcare system.

*Native Teams can support you in finding the best private insurance in the country. Contact us and we will send a comparison of insurance packages and prices.*


Relocation and work permits

Native Teams can support you in finding a Visa in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Contact us and we will send a comparison of Visa packages and prices*

How long is the visa/work permit process?

2 to 4 weeks depending on the authorities and provided documents.

Which documents do you need?

To apply for a visa/work permit in Bosnia and Herzegovina, upload the documents from our onboarding list (relocation to log in/pricing).

Why use Native Teams for hiring in Bosnia and Herzegovina?

Native Teams lets you employ team members ‘like a local’ meaning you get all the benefits of a global team, wherever you are based. Here are the reasons why you should use Native Teams for hiring:

  • No paperwork: We will handle all the necessary paperwork for you.
  • Save on taxes: We help you handle your taxes.
  • No company set up: You can expand your business using our company entitles.
  • Online onboarding: We’re here to ensure your onboarding process is trouble-free.
  • No accounting: We will handle all of your accounting needs, including invoicing, payroll, and more.
  • Increase your profit: We assist you in growing your business and maximizing your profits.
  • Compliance expertise: we can assist your company in navigating the regulatory environments and ensure you meet all relevant requirements.
  • Local support: We can assist you in understanding and complying with the relevant local laws.
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*Note: The provided information was accurate at the time of writing.

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