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Employer of Record Bulgaria

Hire staff and expand your business in Bulgaria with our fully-managed EOR Service

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Unrivalled Employer of Record Service in Bulgaria designed to expand your business seamlessly

Agility EOR delivers services for business’s looking for an Employer of Record in Bulgaria. We help clients hire new employees or transfer existing employees into a fully-managed EOR service.

We appreciate that each situation and business is different. That is why our personal approach to Employer of Record Services in Bulgaria takes care of all HR, payroll, recruitment and compliance head aches, and allows you to do what you love best – driving your business forward.

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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.




Southeastern Europe



Official Language:



110,993 square kilometers


Approximately 7 million


Bulgarian Lev (BGN)

Major Cities:

Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Ruse

GDP (2020):

$67.9 billion USD

Human Development Index (HDI):

0.816 (high)

Major Industries:

Energy, mining, agriculture, tourism, and information technology


Business Culture

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.

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Payroll and Taxes

Payroll and Taxes in Bulgaria

There is no statutory requirement to pay a 13/14th month in Bulgaria.

Employee Taxation

Income tax rates in Bulgaria are flat:


Taxable Income

Rate (%)

All Income


Employer Taxation

Employer costs in Bulgaria are relatively simple. Employers are responsible for:

Employer Costs in Bulgaria

Approximate % of Gross Salary

Social Security Contributions


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Employment Law

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.

Public Holidays

Bulgaria Public Holidays

New Year’s Day: 1st January
Liberation Day: 3rd March
Good Friday: Varies
Easter Monday: Varies
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

Bulgaria Pensions

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.

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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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The Benefits

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


We are on top of regulatory changes in Bulgaria so you can relax.

Cost reduction

Allow our economies of scale to work in your favour.

High Service Levels

You and your employees have a dedicated account manager.

Fixed Cost Pricing

We will agree our professional fees up front based on your needs - no nasty surprises!

Consolidated Invoicing & Payments

Make one monthly payment to cover all your tax, social and wages costs from one to one thousand employees.

Fast delivery

You can have 'boots on the ground' within days on our infrastructure.

Reduced Risk

All wage taxes are remitted in full to the Bulgaria authorities by professionals ensuring liabilities are met, giving you peace of mind.

Supply Chain Transparency

We only pay employees through local full employed solutions meaning Bulgaria payroll tax is paid on all funds.

Save Time and Money

Our expertise is at your disposal. The need for you to have internal HR, Payroll and admin staff is eliminated.

Without Agility EOR, our ability to move quickly and scale would be extremely limited. Superb work from A to Z.

Carol Oliveira