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Facts & Stats

The Republic of Albania (República e Shqipërisë) is a unitary parliamentary constitutional republic in Southeastern Europe, nestled on the Mediterranean and sharing borders with Montenegro, Kosovo, Greece, and North Macedonia.

Over the centuries, Albanian people have resurfaced in European history under the Illyrians, Romans, Venetians, and Ottomans, before achieving independence in 1912. Unfortunately Albanians continued to experience political turmoil through the last century, but the new nation has emerged from this recent past with optimism. 

Until 1990, Albania had a socialist economy dominated by agricultural production on state farms. Food was in short supply, and despite significant progress over the last 30 years, many of the country’s population still suffers in poverty.

While Albania may not be able to boast of rocketship economic growth, the country promises you a welcoming population, beautiful antique towns, breathtaking coastline, and a very low cost of living in comparison to other European nations.

Map of Albania
  • Capital city


  • Currency

    Albanian Lek
    (L, ALL)

  • Languages spoken


  • Population size

    2,845,955 (est. 2020)

  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index

    40.25 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    2.2% (2019)

Grow your team in Albania with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Albania? Companies hiring in Albania must either own a local legal entity or work with a global employment platform like Remote that can legally provide employment services in the country.

Remote can employ team members in Albania and keep you compliant at all times. Remote can hire, onboard, and pay your Albania team so you don't have to set up local HR services in the region. Remote also makes it easy to pay contractors in Albania. Sign up now to get started or talk to an expert for more details.

of misclassification

Like many other countries, Albania treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time workers differently and there are risks associated with misclassification.

Employing in Albania

Provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights are spelled out in the Albanian Constitution as well as the Albanian Labour Code and Social Security Law of 1995.

Employees in Albania enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include the minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Albania.

Public holidays

Below are national public holidays applicable for all regions in this country. Remote customers have access to a detailed list of regional public holidays within the Remote platform. Sign up now to access all public holiday information.

Minimum wage

The monthly minimum wage in Albania is fixed at 40,000 ALL ($380.92) per month.

Competitive benefits package in Albania

At Remote, we’re passionate about helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in developing globally competitive benefits programs. This means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive, and your company has the localized expertise needed to attract and keep the best global talent.

Our benefits packages in Albania are tailored to fulfill the local needs of employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Mental Health Support
  • Pension or 401(K)
  • Life and Disability Insurance

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Taxes in Albania

Learn how employment taxes affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Albania.

  • Employer

    • 15%: Social Security

    • 1.7%: Health Insurance

  • Employee

    • 9.5%: Social Security

    • 1.7%:Health Insurance

  • Income tax rates

    • 0%: Up to 40,000 ALL

    • 13%: 40,001 - 200,000 ALL

    • 23%: 200,001 ALL+

Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees are entitled to four weeks of paid leave after completing their first year of employment with an employer. Workers who’ve been employed for less than a year can exercise their vacation entitlement on a prorated basis.

Public holidays

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

Sick leave

Sick leave lasts for 14 days a year, with sickness benefits paid by the employer at a rate of 80%.

Maternity leave

Female employees are entitled to an entire year of maternity leave, starting 35 days before delivery and lasting at least 63 days after delivery, after which a postpartum employee can return to work.

The first six months are compensated at 80% of the employee’s normal wages, while the second half is compensated at 50% of the employee’s normal pay.

Paternity leave

Since October 2020, Albania has amended the Labor Code and Social Security with a clause that provides fathers with three days of paid paternity leave.

Parental leave

Parents with dependent children are entitled to 12 days of parental leave annually, and as much as 15, if their children are aged below three. This can be extended for up to 30 days annually with no additional pay.

Other leave

  • Bereavement leave: employees are entitled to two days’ leave in the event of the death of an immediate family member.
  • Marriage leave: Intending couples can take five days off while parents can take two days off for their children’s marriages.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can be terminated with notice, following the statutory process. Termination causes should be based on one of the recognised valid grounds by local laws.

Notice period

Notice periods range from one to three months, depending on an employee’s tenure with an employer. Notice can only be applied after a valid legal termination process.

• Up to 2 years: between 2 weeks and 1 months’ notice

• Years 2 - 5: 2 months’ notice

• 5+ years: 3 months’ notice

Severance pay

Employees who’ve been employed for at least three years are entitled to a severance package equivalent to 15 days’ pay for each complete year.

Probation periods

Probation periods are limited to three months, during which employees can be terminated with five days’ notice.

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