How to hire remote employees in

Montenegro

Montenegro’s become a hotspot for remote talent. Sweeping Adriatic vistas, ancient fortresses, and favorable policies for remote workers make it a great spot—and if you’ve found someone in Montenegro you’d like to hire, this page is for you. We’ll teach you how to hire talent in Montenegro without stumbling into a months-long procession of paperwork and thousands in fees.

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
Euro (€) (EUR)
EMPLOYER TAXES
8.3%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Montenegrin

What to know before you hire in 

Montenegro

No matter where you’re based out of, we can tell you one thing: Montenegro has different labor laws than your home country (well, unless your home country is Montenegro, 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 

Montenegro

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Montenegro

. 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 

Montenegro

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

Why hire independent contractors in 

Montenegro

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 

Montenegro

.

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 

Montenegro

 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 

Montenegro

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

Montenegro

, 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 

Montenegro

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 

Montenegro

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

Taxes in 

Montenegro

Employer tax

Pension and Disability insurance

Health Insurance

Unemployment Insurance

Individual tax

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

PTO is calculated by the:

  • The minimum annual leave is 20 working days.
  • Employees with a job with harsh working conditions where full-time work hours are reduced from 40 to 36 hours per week are entitled to 30 working days.   
  • Employees who have a six-day long work week are entitled to a minimum of 24 working days of annual leave.

Public Holidays

There are 14 official 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:

  • Employees receive 70% compensation from their employer for the first 60 days of sick leave and then after from social security.
  • Employees are obligated to provide their employers with a medical certificate within 3 days of starting their sick leave.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees receive 98 days of paid maternity leave. 28 days are taken prior to birth and 70 days are taken after childbirth.

Paternity Leave

See parental leave.

Parental Leave

Parental leave can be used after the completion of maternity leave for a duration of 365 days. Each parent is entitled to an even share of the leave.

Parental leave that one parent started using may be transferred to the other parent upon expiry of 30 days from the date when that parent started using the parental leave. 

If this is done, the parent who transferred the right to the other parent shall not be entitled to the continuation of the use of parental leave.

Other Leave

None. 

Marriage Leave

None.

Bereavement Leave

None.

Termination

Termination Process

To terminate an employee, an employer must have sufficient grounds by virtue of law and provide the required notice of termination.

Notice Period

The notice period in Montenegro is:

A written notice must be given at least 30 days prior to the date of termination of employment unless the employer and the employee agreed otherwise

Severance Pay

Severance should not be lower than 3 average monthly wages free of taxes and contributions in the previous semester.

Probation Period

The probationary period is defined by a collective agreement with an employer or the labor contract and shall not exceed six months, except in case of a crewmember of a long-haul merchant mariner, where it may last until the ship returns to the homeport.

Employee requirements in 

Montenegro

Working Hours

Full-time employment is 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week.

Overtime

The maximum total work time per week is 50 hours but cannot exceed 48 work hours per week on average within a four-month period.

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