How to hire remote employees in


There’s plenty of great remote talent in Bulgaria. But how do you go about hiring them? That’s the question we’ll answer for you by the end of this page. You’ll learn about legal obligations, risks, and the easiest path to hiring great talent in Bulgaria.

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Bulgarian Lev (BGN)
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What to know before you hire in 


It doesn’t matter where your HQ is, we can tell you one thing: Bulgaria has different labor laws than your home country (well, unless your home country is Bulgaria, of course). If you don’t do things right, you’ll be putting your company at the risk of fines—and risk losing the talent you brought onboard.

If you want to successfully hire in 


, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 


. Onboarding talent takes days, not weeks or months. Both you, the company, and your talent have more flexibility. And in many cases, since you’re remote, the talent you’re hiring is better classified as a contractor, anyway. Of course, it’s not possible in every case, but it’s what we built Panther for.

Hire talent as employees

This is the long route. You can either establish a physical presence with an entity and register as an employer, or you can use an Employer-of-Record (EOR) solution. Odds are, you’ll find using an EOR to be the easier route. Still, using an EOR in 


 is expensive—it can often be $500 per month per employee—and sometimes prone to lengthy onboarding times.

Why hire independent contractors in 


Hiring contractors is normally the easier, faster, more flexible choice—but don’t just take it from us. Below are the specific benefits and drawbacks to hiring contractors in 



It’s the fastest way to hire globally

Hiring employees takes months, at the minimum. When you hire with Panther’s locally-generated contracts, it’s a matter of days or weeks. This means you can hire the best talent, fast, without losing them to a hellish procession of paperwork.

It’s a lot cheaper

It costs just $0 to sign up for Panther, then $49 per month to hire your contractors with Panther. If you hired employees manually (or did contracting on your own), you’d likely be on the hook for thousands of dollars each month. Setting up an entity alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It’s more flexible for you & your team

Hiring contractors in 


 means you’re generally not on the hook for things like health insurance and paid time off. This makes hiring flexible for you, and it gives your talent more options.

Can be less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and can open you up to increased liabilities and regulations. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but laws surrounding contractor classification are often significantly more straightforward.

Some people want to be employees

The contractor life isn’t for everyone—some people want the security that being an employee often appears to provide. Though it’s rare, this does happen, and it’s one disadvantage of manage an all-contractor team.

You might not have as much control over your talent

Most countries’ contractor-employer relationship laws stipulate that the employer can’t set fixed working hours, among other things. These laws give contractors more freedom over how and when they do their work than an employee would have. In reality, however, most contractors are willing & able to work on the company’s schedule—it’s a matter of setting expectations beforehand.

How can I pay people in 



If you’re hiring contractors in 


, you can pay them with Panther in a single click. You won’t need to worry about complicated wire transfers, fees, or currency conversions. We’ll take care of it all. Just make a click and your contractor will get paid in their currency of choice. This is a valuable bonus for talent in countries where the local currency is particularly weak—most people appreciate the ability to receive their payment in stronger currencies.

Hiring and paying your team in 


Hire and pay with Panther

Pay everyone with a single click
Get great currency conversion rates
Pay $0 in platform fees
Run payroll in seconds
Let Panther automatically create & store invoices
Let Panther automatically write locally-compliant contracts
Let Panther automatically file local tax documents

Hire and pay without Panther

Pay all your contractors individually
Do all currency conversions yourself
Shoulder the burden of platform fees
Spend hours each month making payments
Manually track & store invoices
Manually write & sign contracts
Manually file relevant tax documents

Let Panther save you from hiring headaches.

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If you want to hire employees in 


If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Bulgaria than employees. Still, there are valid reasons why you might want to hire employees instead. The content below is for you—we’ll cover employer taxes and obligations in Bulgaria

Taxes in 


Employer tax

Social Security + Unemployment

Accident at Work & Occupational Illness Fund

Health Insurance

Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

PTO is calculated by the:

  • 20 days minimum, and can be used by employees after 8 months of service at their company. 

Public Holidays

There are 16 public holidays.

Sick Days

The duration of sick leave entitlement provided to workers is dependent on how long they have been employed by their employer:

  • The employer pays 70% of the basic income for the first three days of sickness.
  • Social Security provides 80% of the basic income from the fourth day of sickness until full recovery.

Maternity Leave

410 days, paid at 90% of basic income (average gross wage in the 24 months prior). Maternity leave can begin 45 days before the birth of the child. The first 135 days are mandatory.

Paternity Leave

New fathers are entitled to 15 days leave paid at 90% basic income rate. 

Parental Leave

After the baby reaches the age of 6 months, any part of the remaining maternity leave can to transferred to the father. 

Other Leave


Marriage Leave

In the event of their marriage employees are entitled to paid leave for 2 days.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled for two days of leave to attend the funeral of a family member.


Termination Process

An employer must provide the employee with a month’s written notice regarding the termination.

The notice period can be up to 3 months if stated in a contractual agreement. 

Notice Period

The notice period in Bulgaria is:

One month minimum, three months maximum, depending on terms of the contract. 

Severance Pay

The Severance Pay in Bulgaria depends on:

Employees who are cut for reasons of redundancy or if the company is closing or downsizing are entitled to one month’s pay in severance.

Probation Period

Probation period is 6 months.

Employee requirements in 


Working Hours

Full-time employment is considered 40 hours weekly, and 8 hours daily.


Overtime cannot exceed 3 hours per day (2 hours at night) over two consecutive days, 6 hours (4 at night) in a week, 30 hours (20 at night) in a month and 150 hours in one year.

Overtime is paid at a rate of +50% for regular days; +75% for weekends; +100% for national holidays.

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