How to hire remote employees in


Hiring remotely is a confusing topic. But in the next few minutes, we’ll clear up all your questions about hiring in Ukraine: You’ll learn how you can hire there without setting up your own physical entity, spending thousands of dollars in fees, or wading into months of legal red tape. Shall we?

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What to know before you hire in 


Hiring in Ukraine can be notoriously difficult—but not when you know what you’re doing. If you want to hire remote talent in Ukraine, you have two options: Hire people as contractors, or hire them as employees.

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 Ukraine 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 Ukraine.

Taxes in 


Employer tax

Employer Contributions

  • 22%

Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

Employees get 24 calendar days per year as a minimum, 2 days per month. 

Unused days accumulate and can be used at a future period. It is paid based on the average salary over the last 12 months. 

Public Holidays

There are 11 public holidays.

Sick Days

The first 5 days are paid by the employer; further days are paid by Social insurance fund.

Sickness pay is based on the average salary for the last 12 months and depends on the contribution period of employee:

0-3 years – 50%

3-5 years – 60%

5-8 years – 70%

8+ years – 100%

If the employee’s contribution period is less than 6 months within the last 12 months, the sick leave is paid based on minimum wage. 

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave lasts for 126 calendar days. 70 days should be taken before delivery and 56 after delivery.

It can be extended to 140 days by medical recommendation and to 180 days for women affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

Maternity leave is paid by Social Insurance Fund at 100% of salary.

Paternity Leave

There is no paternity leave but fathers can use the mother’s maternity leave if she has returned to work. For the father to be granted leave he must apply to the employer, providing them with a copy of the child’s birth certificate, a document confirming family ties and a certificate from the child’s mother’s place of employment that she went to work before the end of her leave.

Parental Leave

After maternity leave ends, mothers, fathers, and grandparents can take unpaid parental leave until the child turns 3.

Other Leave

Study leave – paid by the employer. The length of the leave depends on the duration of the exam period.

Marriage Leave

Up to 10 days

Bereavement Leave

Up to 7 days unpaid


Termination Process

Every case is analyzed individually, but in general the rights of employees are strongly protected by legislation.

Permanent employees’ termination conditions must be delineated in the employment contract.

Pregnant women, women with children under 3 years old and pre-pension employees are protected against dismissal.

Notice Period

Termination by the employer must include 2 months notice before the final date.

Termination by the employee must be done in writing 14 days before the final date.

Termination by mutual agreement has no notice period requirement.

Severance Pay

Severance pay is one month salary, on average.

Probation Period

The maximum probation period is 1 month for non-qualified employees and 3 months- for specialists and managers.

Employee requirements in 


Working Hours

A workweek is 40 hours per week, 8 hours per day.


A maximum of 4 hours of overtime is permitted during 2 consecutive days at a time and not more than 120 hours overtime per year.

Additional overtime work may be applied in exceptional cases such as disruptions in production due to accidents or to avoid production downtime.

The following employees are forbidden from working overtime:

  1. Pregnant women and women who have children under 3 years old.
  2. Employees under 18 years old.
  3. Employees who are studying in school or college, on the days of their lessons.

The following employees can only work overtime with their consent:

  1. Women who have children from 3 up to 14 years old.
  2. Peopke with disabilities (if it is not forbidden according to medical recommendations).

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