How to hire remote employees in

Kosovo

Found someone you’d like to hire in Kosovo? Great news. In the next few minutes, you’ll learn exactly how you can hire remote talent in Kosovo—without paying thousands in fees and spending months talking to lawyers about labor laws.

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
Euro
EMPLOYER TAXES
15%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Albanian/Serbian

What to know before you hire in 

Kosovo

Hiring in Kosovo can be confusing, but it’s easier when you know what you’re doing. If you want to hire remote talent in Kosovo, you have two options: Hire people as contractors, or hire them as employees.

If you want to successfully hire in 

Kosovo

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Kosovo

. 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 

Kosovo

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

Why hire independent contractors in 

Kosovo

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 

Kosovo

.

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 

Kosovo

 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.

It’s less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and generally puts you at a bigger risk for legal fees. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but even then, misclassification penalties are often minimal and just require you to pay off any compensation that the person would have been owed as an employee.

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 

Kosovo

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

Kosovo

, 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 

Kosovo

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

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If you want to hire employees in 

Kosovo

If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Kosovo 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 Kosovo.

Taxes in 

Kosovo

Employer tax

Pension

Compulsory contribution

Individual tax

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

In Kosovo, employees benefit from 4 weeks of  annual leave irrespective of whether they are full-time or part-time.

The employer schedules leave but is required to take the employees’ preferences into account.

The employee requests leave a minimum of 15 days in advance and the employer provides a decision no later than five days before the first day of the requested leave.

Public Holidays

There are 11 public holidays.

Sick Days

Employees in Kosovo are entitled to 20 days of paid sick leave per year at full salary, paid by the employer.

The employee must notify the employer of their intent to take sick leave as soon as possible, and the employer may require a medical certificate if the employee misses more than three days of work.

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to:

  • 12 months of maternity leave, of which a minimum of 28 days (up to 45) need to be taken before birth; and
  • For the first 6 months, the employer pays 70% of the basic salary, whereas the following months’ pay is provided by the government.

The final three months of maternity leave, if the mother chooses to take them, are unpaid. The mother may also transfer her right to maternity leave after the first six months to the father.

Paternity Leave

The father in Kosovo is entitled to three days of paid leave for the birth or adoption of his child and two weeks of unpaid leave, which he is entitled to take at any time before the child turns three years old.

Parental Leave

No Info.

Other Leave

No Info.

Marriage Leave

No Info.

Bereavement Leave

No Info.

Termination

Termination Process

Employers may terminate a fixed-term contract with 15 days of written notice and an indefinite contract with 30 days of written notice.

An employer may terminate a contract only when the termination is justified for economic, technical or organizational reasons, or if the employee is no longer able to perform their job and there is no practical way to transfer the employee to another job or retrain them for a different job.

Notice Period

The employer may terminate a fixed-term contract within 30 days of written notice, and must also provide 30 days of written notice of intent not to renew a fixed-term contract.

Severance Pay

The Severance pay is only required in the case of collective dismissals in which a minimum of 20 employees, constituting 10% or more of all employees, are being terminated in more than six months.

Probation Period

Probation period is shall not exceed 6 months.

Employee requirements in 

Kosovo

Working Hours

The standard working week in Kosovo is 40 hours. Employees under the age of 18 may not work more than 30 hours per week.

Overtime

In Kosovo, employee who works a shift beyond their usual hours is paid 120% of their standard rate for the extra hours.

The rate for hours beyond 40 hours per week and for night work is 130% of the employee’s standard hourly rate.

Employees receive 150% of their standard rate for work on weekends and national holidays.

Moreover, the overtime is permitted only when there is an urgent need for the employees to work beyond normal hours and is capped at eight hours per week.

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