Employer of Record Bulgaria
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Employer of Record in Bulgaria
A Brief Guide to Bulgaria
Bulgaria is a country in Southeastern Europe, known for its rich history, diverse culture, and picturesque landscapes. It has a parliamentary system of government and is a member of the European Union, the United Nations, and various international organizations. The nation has a growing economy driven by various industries.
110,993 square kilometers
Approximately 7 million
Bulgarian Lev (BGN)
Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Ruse
$67.9 billion USD
Human Development Index (HDI):
Energy, mining, agriculture, tourism, and information technology
Business Culture in Bulgaria
Business culture in Bulgaria values professionalism, relationship-building, and respect for hierarchy. Punctuality is important, as well as appropriate attire and courtesy. Decisions are often made by top-level executives, and personal connections play a significant role. Engaging in small talk and socializing is common before discussing business matters.
Being well-prepared and demonstrating expertise is crucial when conducting business in Bulgaria. A proper work-life balance is appreciated, and adhering to business etiquette, such as exchanging business cards and using proper titles, is expected.
Payroll and Taxes
Payroll and Taxes in Bulgaria
There is no statutory requirement to pay a 13/14th month in Bulgaria.
Income tax rates in Bulgaria are flat:
Employer costs in Bulgaria are relatively simple. Employers are responsible for:
|Employer Costs in Bulgaria|
Approximate % of Gross Salary
Social Security Contributions
Employment Law in Bulgaria
Employment Contracts: In Bulgaria, employment contracts should be written, outlining essential details such as employment duration, working hours, salary, and termination notice periods.
Working Hours: The standard maximum working time in Bulgaria is 40 hours per week or 8 hours per day. Overtime work is regulated, with compensation for extra hours.
Leave: Employees in Bulgaria are entitled to various types of leave, including paid annual leave (minimum of 20 working days per year), maternity leave, paternity leave, sick leave, and family care leave.
Overtime: In Bulgaria, overtime occurs when an employee works beyond their standard working hours, as specified in their employment contract. Employers are required to compensate for this additional time, typically by offering extra pay or compensatory time off.
Termination: Termination of employment in Bulgaria requires proper notice, which varies depending on the length of employment. Unjustified termination can lead to claims for damages or reinstatement.
Employees Rights: Employees in Bulgaria have various rights, such as the right to equal treatment, protection against discrimination, and freedom of association. Regulations address working conditions, workplace safety, and employee representation.
Bulgaria Public Holidays
|New Year’s Day:||1st January|
|Liberation Day:||3rd March|
|Labor Day:||1st May|
|Saint George’s Day:||6th May|
|Saints Cyril and Methodius Day:||24th May|
|Unification Day:||6th September|
|Independence Day:||22nd September|
|National Awakening Day:||1st November|
|Christmas Eve:||24th December|
|Christmas Day:||25th December|
Pension and Healthcare
In Bulgaria, there is a mandatory state pension system funded by social security contributions from both employees and employers. The contribution rates, as a percentage of an employee’s gross salary, are as follows:
- Employees: 8.78% for pension and disability insurance
- Employers: 13.78% for pension and disability insurance
Healthcare in Bulgaria
Bulgaria has a public healthcare system that provides basic medical services to its residents. The system is funded through social health insurance contributions from employees and employers, as well as government subsidies and general tax revenues.
Work Permits in Bulgaria
In Bulgaria, immigration is a regulated process, just like in any other country. To immigrate, you’ll generally need to apply for a specific type of visa or residency permit based on your purpose for moving, such as work, study, or family reunification.
Work visas typically require a job offer from a Bulgarian employer, while student visas require enrolment in a recognized educational institution. Family reunification visas may be available to those who have family members living in Bulgaria.
To obtain a residency permit, you’ll need to meet certain criteria, such as providing proof of sufficient financial resources, having valid health insurance, and passing a background check. Since the official language in Bulgaria is Bulgarian, learning the language may be helpful for navigating the immigration process and integrating into the local community.
Once you’ve obtained a residency permit, you’ll need to renew it periodically and adhere to the specific conditions tied to your permit. If you’re interested in becoming a permanent resident or even a citizen, you’ll have to follow additional steps and meet certain requirements, such as living in Bulgaria for a specified number of years.
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Bulgaria Employer of Record Benefits
When you choose Agility EOR to expand in Bulgaria, we guarantee an Employer of Record Service tailored to the needs of your business