North Macedonia

Hiring guide in North Macedonia

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What should I know about hiring in North Macedonia?

There are several considerations you should make before recruiting in North Macedonia. North Macedonia is not a member of the European Union. 

This means that there are different rules and regulations when hiring workers from outside the country, so it’s crucial to be familiar with applicable labor regulations. 

North Macedonia has a few specific labor laws you need to be aware of before hiring anyone. These laws include the minimum wage, working hours, and employee rights.

Additionally, North Macedonian law stipulates that written employment contracts must specify the duties, salary, and terms of the employee’s employment.

Why is North Macedonia a good choice for finding remote employees?

For a number of reasons, North Macedonia is a desirable location from which to recruit remote workers. An educated labor force is the first distinguishing feature of this country. The literacy rate in North Macedonia is exceptionally high. This means that it will be possible to find employees who possess the necessary expertise. 

Secondly, Macedonians have a well-deserved reputation for their diligence and commitment. That’s why they’re perfect for any company seeking hardworking people who will put in their all. 

North Macedonia is a culturally diverse country. This means that employees from all backgrounds can feel at home and find a place where they fit in, making it easier for companies to attract and retain a diverse workforce.

How can Native Teams help you hire in North Macedonia

There’s no doubt that North Macedonia has a wealth of talent. However, identifying the best can be challenging if you’re unfamiliar with the local job market. Here’s where some assistance from Native Teams would be helpful! Native Teams can help you with the hiring and onboarding of new team members as well as with handling their pay, taxes, benefits, and overall compliance with North Macedonian legislation through our employer of record services.

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Legal requirements for hiring in North Macedonia

Minimum wage

Each full-time worker is guaranteed a minimum monthly NET compensation of MKD 20,175 and a corresponding minimum MONTHLY GROSS salary of MKD 29,739 (net salary + personal income tax + social contributions).

Contributions & taxes

The individual income tax ranges from 10% to 18%. The calculation of income tax is done using progressive rates. Overall rates may also be affected by various other factors, including marital status and the number of children in the home.

​​The employer cost is estimated at 28% of the employee’s salary.

  • Pension Fund Contribution: 18.8%;
  • Health insurance contribution: 7.5%;
  • Professional Health: 0.5%;
  • Unemployment Insurance: 1.2%.

To calculate the salary and taxes in North Macedonia please click here.

Payroll cycle

North Macedonia’s payroll cycle is generally monthly, with wages typically paid by the 15th of the following month.

Is there a 13th salary in North Macedonia?

There is a 13th salary in North Macedonia, the minimum is MKD 13,672.

Labor rules

Probation period rules

The typical probationary period in North Macedonia is three months. Either party may end the probationary period by giving 5 days’ notice.


Terminations in North Macedonia can be complex. Employers are not permitted to terminate employees at will in North Macedonia; such actions require a valid reason.

Compliant terminations include:

  • Voluntarily by the employee
  • By mutual agreement

Unilaterally by the employer based on the following:

  • 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. The Employment Contract might stipulate a longer period, up to 90 days.

Leave and benefits

Public holidays

North Macedonia celebrates 11 national holidays. National public holidays include:

  1. New Year’s Day
  2. Orthodox Christmas Eve
  3. Easter Monday (Orthodox)
  4. Eid al-Fitr – Ramazan Bajram
  5. Labor Day
  6. Saints Cyril and Methodius’ Day
  7. Republic Day
  8. Independence Day
  9. Day of People’s Uprising
  10. Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle
  11. Saint Kliment Ohridski’s Day

Sick leave

Employees are entitled to up to 30 days of paid sick leave. As the length of this leave determines the rate at which it is paid and the entity responsible for making the payment, for leaves lasting more than 30 days, the social security institution is responsible for making the payment.

Maternity leave & paternity leave

Female employees are generally entitled to 9 months of paid maternity leave. If the mother chooses not to take maternity leave, the father is entitled to up to seven days of paid paternity leave. Employees whose partners have completed their initial 45 days of maternity leave are eligible for 7 days of paid paternity leave. During this time, the worker will be paid by Social Security at 100% of their 12-month average earnings.

What are the minimum vacation days?

Depending on the company, employees may receive between 20 and 26 days of paid yearly leave, plus an additional seven days for special occasions like a wedding, a death in the family, or a professional exam.


Health security & private insurance

Anyone who has worked for an employer for at least three months within the previous fifteen months is entitled to free medical and dental care through the Social Security Administration.

*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 will apply for your work visa in the nation on your behalf and serve as your Employer of Record. All the required documents can be uploaded using our app. Until you have your work and residency visa, Native Teams will support you by providing you with frequent information on the progress.

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 North Macedonia, please upload the documents from our onboarding list (relocation to log in/pricing). 

Why use Native Teams for hiring in North Macedonia?

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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