How to hire remote employees in

North Macedonia

North Macedonia’s a great place for hiring remote talent. We should know better than anyone: Panther’s co-founder, Vasil, is from (and still lives in) Skopje! If you’ve found someone you’d like to hire in North Macedonia, read on—we’ll teach you how to do it without running into red tape, expensive fees, and lengthy processions of paperwork.

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What to know before you hire in 

North Macedonia

No matter where you’re based out of, we can tell you one thing: North Macedonia has different labor laws than your home country (unless your home country is North Macedonia, that is). 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. Fortunately, doing things right is pretty easy if you take the right route.

If you want to successfully hire in 

North Macedonia

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

North Macedonia

. 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 

North Macedonia

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

Why hire independent contractors in 

North Macedonia

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 

North Macedonia


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 

North Macedonia

 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 

North Macedonia


If you’re hiring contractors in 

North Macedonia

, 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 

North Macedonia

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 

North Macedonia

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

Taxes in 

North Macedonia

Employer tax

Employer is not required to contribute for social security.

Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

In North Macedonia, employees receive one additional day of annual leave for each five years of service with an employer, up to a maximum of 26 days for employees with 30 or more years of service.

A minimum of 20 days of paid annual leave, which is often extended to as much as 26 days by contract or collective agreement.

Public Holidays

There are 11 public holidays.

Sick Days

The rate of sick pay is normally determined by collective agreement. Under the agreement applicable to the private sector, the employer pays :

        -70% of the average North Macedonian salary for the first seven days,

       -80% for days eight-15, and

       -90% for days 16-30.

Employees receive unlimited sick leave, with the employer paying for the first 30 days of illness.

The employee should provide a medical certificate, and further examinations may be required in the event of a long-term illness.

Maternity Leave

The expectant mother must present a medical certificate of her pregnancy before beginning her leave and must notify her employer of when she plans to begin and end her maternity leave.

Female employees receive nine months of paid maternity leave, or 15 months if they give birth to multiple children.

A woman who takes maternity leave is entitled to return to her job after the leave or, if that is not possible, to another suitable position.

Paternity Leave

The father of a baby is entitled to up to seven days of paid leave for the birth.

Parental Leave

No Info.

Other Leave

Childcare Leave- Unpaid leave has no legal provision in North Macedonia.

Marriage Leave

Employees in North Macedonia are entitled with marriage leave, discretion of the employer.

Bereavement Leave

Discretion of the employer for the number of days that an employee is entitled.


Termination Process

An employee because of the employee’s misconduct, the employer must first warn the employee and advise them of the possibility of dismissal if the misconduct continues.

An employer may only terminate an employee because of misconduct or breach of workplace duties or rules, or because of the needs of the business.

In addition, an employer may dismiss an employee without notice if the employee is absent from work for more than three days without permission.

Notice Period

Employees performing seasonal work may be terminated with seven days of written notice.

The employer is required. 2 months’ notice is required if the termination is for more than 150 employees or 5% of the workforce

Severance Pay

Employees who are terminated in a collective dismissal are entitled to severance pay.

The amount of severance pay is based on an employee’s length of service and ranges from one month of salary to six months of salary.

Probation Period

Probation period is 4 months.

Employee requirements in 

North Macedonia

Working Hours

The standard working hours in North Macedonia is 40 hours over five days.


In Liechtenstein, employer may only require an employee to work overtime when there is an urgent need, and the overtime is capped at eight hours per week, up to 190 hours a year.

The rate for overtime hours is normally set by a collective agreement and is generally not less than 135% of the employee’s standard hourly rate.

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