Payroll and Benefits Guide Croatia

Last updated: May 03, 2023

Euro (EUR)
Employer Taxes
Payroll Frequency
Employee Costs
Date Format
Fiscal Year
1 January- 31 December



Employer Payroll Contributions

16.50% Total Employment Cost
16.50% Health Insurance


Employee Payroll Contributions


Generation Solidarity (Pillar I) (Annual maximum of 98,436.96 EUR )


Individual Capital (Pillar II) Monthly cap of 8,203.80 EUR, applicable for both pillar I and II payments.


Total Employee Cost

Employee Income Tax


Up to  €47,780.21


€47,780.21 and over

  • In addition, employers with more than 20 employees have certain obligations with respect to the number of disabled individuals employed. (The number depends on the total number of employees, but it cannot be lower than 3% of the total number of employees).

    Employers who do not comply with prescribed requirements are obligated to pay a monthly fee amounting to 30% of minimal salary for each disabled individual that employer was obligated to employ.

  • Employees are entitled to a monthly allowance of € 531 for personal allowance, which increases by €232.27 for one child, € 331.81 for two, and € 465.53 for three children. In addition, certain cities and municipalities in Croatia levy a municipal tax, which can be up to 18% high. It’s levied as a surtax to the individual’s personal income tax liability.
  • Croatia has been a member of the European Union since 1 July 2013. On 12 July 2022, the Council of the European Union approved the accession of Croatia to the euro area on 1 January 2023 and determined the conversion rate for the Croatian kuna as HRK 7.53450 per Euro.

Employer taxes


Employee taxes


Minimum Wage


The monthly minimum wage is €700.00.




Payroll Cycle

Salaries are paid monthly and no later than the 15th of the following month.

13th Salary

There are no provisions in the law regarding 13th salaries.

Working Hours


The standard workweek is 5 days and consists of a maximum of 40 hours. Employers must be granted written permission from employees to increase their working hours.


All work in excess of the standard workweek is to be paid as overtime and is regulated by the employment contract or collective bargaining agreements. The maximum number of overtime hours in a week is 10 or 180 hours annually. Collective Agreements can extend overtime hours to a maximum of 250 hours per year.
All overtime hours are paid at an overtime compensation rate which is stipulated in the employment contract or collective bargaining agreements.

Working Week



Paid Time Off

In accordance with Article 81 of the Labour Act (OF 93/14, 127/17, 98/19) employees are entitled to a minimum of four weeks (20 working days) of paid vacation each year following completion of six months of employment.
An employee is entitled to one-twelfth of the annual paid leave for each full month of service if:

  • in the calendar year in which the employment is established, no entitlement to annual paid leave has been acquired because the work lasted less than six months
  • employment has been terminated before the expiry of the six months of service
  • the employment is terminated before 1 July or during the calendar year, the employee has been employed by several employers

During the annual paid leave, the employee is entitled to full compensation equal to the amount of the average salary that has been paid (including salary-in-kind) within the last three months prior to the time of the annual leave.

Minor employees and employees who are subject to harmful impacts (such as firemen, mine and explosive handlers, divers, etc.) are entitled to an increased annual paid leave of five weeks (25 days).

Vacation Days
Public Holidays

Public Holidays

There are 14 public holidays. Public holidays that fall on the weekend are usually lost. Employees who are required to work on a public holiday are entitled to extra pay, which is typically negotiated in the bargaining agreement.

Sick Days

An employee receives up to 42 days of sick leave per year and is paid by the employer at the rate of 70% of the regular salary. Any sickness exceeding 42 days is paid by the employer and reimbursed by Croatia’s health insurance fund (HZZO).

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to:
28 days of paid maternity leave before the due date (increasing to 45 days in special circumstances, based on a medical assessment).
After the birth of a child, the employee is entitled to 70 days of paid maternity leave.
After 70 days, the mother can continue the maternity leave until the child is six months old (unpaid, although employers generally do pay this as an additional benefit) or choose to share the maternity leave with the father.

Paternity Leave

Paternity leave consists of 10 working days of paid paternity leave per child to fathers or equivalent second parents, regardless of their marital or family status. The leave increases to 15 working days when the working parent has twins or multiples.

The 10 days of leave cannot be transferred to any other parent and may only be taken within six months from the birth of their child or the placement for adoption.  During such leave, second parents are entitled to their full salary paid by the Croatian government.

Parental Leave

Following the first six months after birth, which are covered under maternity leave, parents are entitled to parental leave. Each parent can take 4 months per child for the first two kids and 15 months for any subsequent children or twins but must be taken before the child is eight years old.


Termination Process

The termination process is standard in Croatia with notice periods required unless an employer can provide sufficient cause for dismissal without notice (due to misconduct, disobedience, lack of skill, neglect of duties, or absence without permission).
If the reason is misconduct, notice must be in writing and with documented meetings and discussions prior to a final termination decision.

Notice Period

The notice period for a temporary or permanent employee is dependent on the employee’s length of service:

  • During probation, 7 days notice are required
  • 2 weeks for employees with a year of employment
  • 6 weeks for employees with two years of employment
  • 8 weeks for employees with five years of employment
  • 10 weeks for employees with 10 years of employment
  • 12 weeks for employees with over 20 years of employment

An additional two weeks of notice is required for employees over the age of 50 and an additional four weeks for employees over 55.

Severance Pay

Severance pay is dependent on the length of employment. Severance pay for employees with two or more years of employment is paid at 33% of the employee’s regular monthly pay rate for each year of service at a maximum of six months of the employee’s salary.

Probation Period

The probation period is dependent on the type of role and is stipulated within the employment agreement. In general, probation periods cannot be longer than 6 months. The probation period can be prolonged if the employee is absent during the originally agreed period (e.g., due to sick leave or maternity leave).

Common Benefits


Supplementary health and travel insurance plans, voluntary pension insurance contributions, professional training allowance, company phone provided/mobile phone allowance, and company car (mostly for management and executives).



Croatia’s immigration system provides several options for employers of foreign nationals. Croatia is a member of the European Union. Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility, and benefits for accompanying family members vary by permit type.

  • Business visitors require a Short-Term Visa (Type C Visa) to enter Croatia unless they are visa-exempt based on their nationality or hold a suitable alternate visa. Visas are issued for single, dual, or multiple entries at the discretion of the consular authorities. Business visitors must limit their stay to 90 days in any 180 days.
  • The main work authorization categories are the Work Registration Certificate, a registration process for short-term work permit-exempt activities, and the Stay and Work Permit, suitable for a broad range of work activities. The Stay and Work Permit is issued for up to one year initially and can be renewed.
  • Croatia also offers a one-year Digital Nomad temporary stay permit for foreign nationals seeking to work remotely from Croatia without local company sponsorship.



25% standard rate.

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Martin B.
Martin B.
1 year ago

Hi, what is the time limit on employment via EOR?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
1 year ago
Reply to  Martin B.

Hi Martin, there is a 3-year limit on employment via EOR model. After which, the contract can be renewed for a further 3 years providing the worker’s job title and scope of work is significantly different.

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Public Holidays Calendar

Croatia 2023
Day Date Holiday Notes
Sunday Jan-1 New Year’s day
Friday Jan-6 Epiphany
Sunday Apr-9 Easter Sunday
Monday Apr-10 Easter Monday
Monday May-1 Labour Day
Tuesday May-30 Statehood Day
Thursday Jun-8 Corpus Christi
Thursday Jun-22 Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
Saturday Aug-5 Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day
Tuesday Aug-15 Assumption Day
Wednesday Nov-1 All Saints’ Day
Saturday Nov-18 Remembrance Day
Monday Dec-25 Christmas Day
Tuesday Dec-26 St Stephen’s Day