* Playroll continues to analyse immediate opportunities and fulfilled roles by recruitment partners, contractors and employers to identify in-demand jobs.

Capital City

Albanian Lek (FBu)


CET (GMT +1)

Employment Cost


Annual Leave

20 days

In-demand Specialties*
Agriculture, Textiles & Clothing Manufacturing, Food Processing & Canning

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Albania

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Key Considerations Before Hiring In Albania

Employing in Albania requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in Albania with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

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Good To Know

Albania offers a skilled and educated workforce, particularly in sectors such as IT, tourism, and energy, making it an appealing destination for businesses seeking talent.

The country provides competitive labor costs and a favorable tax environment, offering cost-effective opportunities for foreign investors.

Albania's strategic location in Southeast Europe provides access to regional markets and trade routes, enhancing business prospects and opportunities for expansion.

Recent economic reforms and efforts to improve infrastructure demonstrate Albania's commitment to attracting foreign investment, making it an advantageous choice for companies looking to establish or expand their operations.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Albania

Contracts in Albania must be written in Albanian or in a mutually understood language. An official translation and notarized copy are necessary if the original is not in Albanian. Contracts must include:

  • Identity of the parties
  • Place of work
  • Job description
  • Start date of employment
  • Contract duration
  • Paid leave entitlement
  • Notice period for termination
  • Salary and payment date
  • Normal weekly working hours
  • Probation period

Probationary Period in Albania

In fixed-term contracts, a probationary period not exceeding three months should be stipulated in writing. For indefinite contracts, the initial three months constitute a probationary period, unless otherwise specified in a contract for the same work.

Working hours in Albania

Working hours are capped at eight hours per day and 40 hours per week in Albania. Employees must have a daily break of at least 11 consecutive hours, or within two consecutive days if necessary. Additionally, a weekly break of at least 36 hours is mandated, with 24 hours uninterrupted.

Overtime in Albania

Each hour worked beyond the daily eight-hour or weekly 40-hour limit is considered overtime in Albania. Overtime pay varies based on the day it occurs:

  • On working days, overtime is compensated with a 25% surcharge.
  • On rest days, the surcharge increases to 50%.
  • Alternatively, compensatory time off may be provided.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Albania

Albania has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

1 January - 31 December

Fiscal Year in Albania

1 January- 31 December is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Albania use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Albania

The payroll cycle in Albania is usually monthly, with employees being paid by the last working day of each month..
250 ALL p/h

Minimum Wage in Albania

The minimum wage for employees in Albania is typically 250 ALL per hour, amounting to ~40,000 ALL per month for a typical 40 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Albania

Albania's minimum wage stands at 40,000 ALL. Additionally, specific wage rates may vary for different sectors or regions within the country.

Bonus Payments in Albania

In Albania, there is no mandatory provision for a 13th salary. Its provision depends on individual company policies or collective agreements.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Albania

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in Albania's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in Albania.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 16.70% on top of the employee salary in Albania.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Albania, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 11.2%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

Individual income tax ranges from 0% to 23%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates, detailed below.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Albania

In Albania, pensions are managed by the State Social Insurance Institute. Workers contribute to the pension fund during their careers and receive benefits upon retirement based on their contributions and other factors.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in Albania tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Albania

When it comes to terminating employment in Albania, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

In Albania, employment contracts can be terminated with or without cause as per the Labor Code. Immediate termination is permissible for reasonable cause, including: gross misconduct, criminal behaviour, serious breaches of contract and violation of company policies. The termination process entails:

  • A written invitation for a meeting sent to the employee at least 72 hours in advance.
  • During the meeting, reasons for termination are discussed, and the employee can raise objections.
  • After the meeting, if termination is still intended, a written termination notification is delivered to the employee no sooner than 48 hours later.

Notice Period

The Labor Code mandates minimum notice periods for terminating indefinite term contracts in Albania. These periods vary based on the length of employment:

  • Up to 6 months: 2 weeks
  • 6 months to 2 years: 1 month
  • 2 to 5 years: 2 months
  • More than 5 years: 3 months

Severance Pay

Employees are generally eligible for a severance payment of at least 15 days if they have worked for three or more years. Severance pay is paid by the employer in case of termination of the employment contract for reasons not attributable to the employee, such as redundancy, liquidation, or bankruptcy of the employer.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Albania

The annual leave entitlement in Albania is 20 days for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in Albania

There are 14 public holidays that employees can take off work.

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Albania

Maternity Leave in Albania

Paternity Leave in Albania

Sick Leave in Albania

Parental Leave In Albania

Albania's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Albania

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in Albania's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In Albania

Make your benefits package in Albania a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

Statutory benefits for employment in Albania

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Albania within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Albania create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Albania

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in Albania.

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