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

Capital City

Russian Ruble (₽)



Employment Cost


Annual Leave

20 days

In-demand Specialties*
It Specialist, Healthcare Workers, Military Servants/Security Forces Officer

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Russia

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Key Considerations Before Hiring In Russia

Employing in Russia 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 Russia with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in Russia quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Russia, the world's largest country by land area and with a significant population, offers ample opportunities for remote talent.

The workforce is highly educated, particularly in fields like Education, IT, and Medicine. The country's thriving IT industry provides a vast pool of skilled developers, with many ICT graduates entering the workforce annually.

ertiary education is highly valued and largely accessible for free in various cities across Russia.

Additionally, employers benefit from the country's low cost of living and modest wages, making it an attractive option for hiring compared to Western counterparts.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Russia

In Russia, employment agreements are required to be documented in writing. By default, these agreements are considered indefinite unless otherwise specified. However, there is flexibility to terminate a fixed-term contract under specific conditions, provided the duration does not surpass 5 years. The minimum requirements for employment contracts include:

  • Identification of both parties
  • Date and place of contract conclusion
  • Starting date (and duration for temporary contracts)
  • Workplace and working hours
  • Job title, description, duties, and responsibilities
  • Workplace conditions (e.g., risks related to work, compensation)
  • Basic salary (including additional benefits)
  • Nature of work
  • Social insurance contributions

Probationary Period in Russia

Typically, probation or trial periods in Russia are established through collective agreements. However, it is a customary practice to have a probationary period of 3 months in Russia. For certain positions such as directors, senior managers, etc., this period may be extended to 6 months.

Working hours in Russia

In Russia, the standard working week consists of 40 hours, distributed as 8 hours per day.

Overtime in Russia

In Russia, overtime is restricted to 4 hours in two consecutive days and capped at 120 hours annually. Compensation is set at 150% of the regular hourly rate for the first 2 hours and increases to 200% thereafter, as stipulated in the employment contract or collective agreements.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Russia

Russia 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 Russia

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

Payroll Cycle in Russia

The payroll cycle in Russia is usually bi-monthly, with employees being paid every half month as indicated in collective agreement.
101.5125 RUB p/h

Minimum Wage in Russia

The minimum wage for employees in Russia is typically 101.5125 RUB per hour, amounting to ~16,242 RUB per month for a typical 40 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Russia

In Russia, the federal minimum monthly salary is 16,242 RUB, but it may vary across different federal districts.

Bonus Payments in Russia

In Russia, there is no legal obligation for employers to make 13th-month salary payments.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Russia

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

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 7.8% on top of the employee salary in Russia.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Russia, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 0%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

The individual income tax in Russia is calculated using simple progressive rates based on income.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Russia

In Russia, retirees typically receive an average gross pension of around 19,000 RUB Russian rubles, reflecting an increase of approximately 2,438 RUB compared to the previous year.

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 Russia tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Russia

When it comes to terminating employment in Russia, 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

Terminations in Russia must be done for a just cause, and at-will termination is not allowed. Compliant terminations include:

  • Mutual agreement
  • Voluntary employee resignation
  • Unilateral decision by employer in accordance with the law (e.g., probationary period, company liquidation, staff reduction, failure to fulfil work duties without valid reasons, or cases of gross violations)
  • Contract expiration

Notice Period

In Russia, providing notice periods is not mandatory except in specific situations, such as dismissals resulting from company liquidation, redundancy, unsuccessful probation, or the conclusion of a fixed-term contract. Some instances are:

  • Employee laid off by company – 2 months’ notice period (payment can be in lieu of notice)
  • Expiration of fixed-term contract – 3 days’ notice
  • Unsuccessful probation period – 3 days’ notice

Severance Pay

In Russia, termination due to liquidation or redundancy results in severance pay equal to the average monthly wage. Employers support dismissed employees for two months in their job search. If no job is found by the third month and the employee registered promptly with the employment service, they qualify for specific benefits.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Russia

The annual leave entitlement in Russia 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 Russia

The following 8 public holidays are celebrated in Moscow, Russia:

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Russia

Maternity Leave in Russia

Paternity Leave in Russia

Sick Leave in Russia

Bereavement Leave

Study Leave

Parental Leave In Russia

Russia's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Russia

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 Russia'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 Russia

Make your benefits package in Russia 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 Russia

The following are the mandatory benefits in Russia:

  • Probationary Period
  • Annual Leave
  • Public Holidays
  • Maternity Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Overtime Pay
  • Notice Period
  • Severance Pay
  • Social Security Benefits

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

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Russia

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 Russia.

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