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Georgia 2022
Day Date Holiday Notes
Saturday Jan-1 New Year's Day
Sunday Jan-2 Second Day of the New Year
Monday Jan-3 Third Day of the New Year
Tuesday Jan-4 Fourth Day of the New Year
Wednesday Jan-5 Fifth Day of the New Year
Thursday Jan-6 Sixth Day of the New Year
Wednesday Jan-19 Orthodox Christmas Day
Thursday Mar-3 Orthodox Epiphany
Tuesday Mar-8 Mother's Day
Saturday Apr-9 International Women's Day
Friday Apr-22 National Unity Day
Saturday Apr-23 Orthodox Good Friday
Sunday Apr-24 Orthodox Holy Saturday
Monday Apr-25 Orthodox Easter
Monday May-9 Orthodox Easter Monday
Thursday May-12 Day of Victory over Fascism
Thursday May-26 Saint Andrew's Day
Sunday Aug-28 Independence Day
Friday Oct-14 Saint Mary's Day
Wednesday Nov-23 Svetitskhoveli Cathedral Day

Payroll and Benefits Guide

Last updated: May 03, 2022
Georgian Lari (GEL)
Payroll Frequency
Employer Taxes

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Georgian Lari (GEL)
Date Format
Fiscal Year
1 January- 31 December
Public holidays calendar



Employer Payroll Contributions



2.00% Total Employment Cost


Employee Payroll Contributions



2.00% Total Employee Cost


Employee Income Tax


Flat Rate


Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle in Georgia is generally monthly, and payments must be made on the same day of the month and no later than the last working day of the month.  

13th Salary

In Georgia, a 13th-month salary is not mandatory. However, the employer can pay bonuses at their discretion.

Working Hours


The standard working week in Georgia consists of 40 hours a week, typically 8 hours a day for a five-day working week. The working week can be increased to 48 hours a week in specific sectors.  


All work more than the standard working hours a week is to be paid as overtime and is regulated by employment contract/collective agreements. When an employee is requested to work overtime or work on holidays, there are maximums in relation to the number of hours allowed. These maximums are 48 hours a week. There are also different maximum working hours for minors.  

 Overtime hours in excess of 48 hours a week are paid at 150.00% of the employee’s basic salary rate. 

Working Week



Paid Time Off

In Georgia, the annual leave entitlement for a full-time employee is 24 days of paid vacation leave in one single year and an additional 15 days of unpaid vacation leave upon completion of 11 months of service within a single organization. If an employment contract is terminated before an employee has taken the total paid leave entitlement, the unused entitlement will be issued to the employee as a payment.

Public Holidays

Georgia has 17 public holidays.

Sick Days

Employees receive full paid leave for up to 30 days. The employee must provide a sickness certificate from an authorized medical physician confirming the sickness to receive payment.

Maternity Leave

Mothers are entitled to 126 days of pregnancy and childbirth leave or 143 days in case of complications or the birth of twins. Employees receive 100% of their daily wage (up to a total of 1,000  GEL). 

 They also receive 604 days of additional maternity leave. 

Paternity Leave

In Georgia, Paternity leave is the same as Parental leave.

Parental Leave

Fifty-seven days can be taken from an employee’s maternity leave and be put towards childcare leave. This can be used by either the mother or father. 

Upon the employee’s request, the employer may grant an employee an additional two weeks’ leave per year to care for a child under 5 years old. 

Other Leave

Depending on the Collective Agreement/Employment Contract terms, an employee may be allowed additional leave types, upon approval of the employer and employee, for the following: 

  • Adopter’s leave: a person who adopts a child under the age of 10 is entitled to paid leave based on the employee’s average salary. 
  • Childcare leave: a mother or father can take paid leave (pay is equal to the minimum wage) and varies based on the age of the child: 
  • Up to 2 children under the age of 14 – 3 days of leave 
  • Three or more children under the age of 14- 6 days of leave 
  • Care Leave: For parents with a disabled child- the mother or father can take off an additional day of work each month until the child reaches the age of 18. This leave is also compensated based on the minimum wage. 


Termination Process

Employers can terminate a fix term contract by giving the following reasons – business, personal, or worker’s misconduct. It requires notice and a written explanation for the termination. If the reason is misconduct, a warning needs to be given and the employee gets a chance to explain actions. 

Notice Period

In Georgia, the notice period for both an employer and employee are 30 days in the case of termination. 

Severance Pay

An employee is entitled to at least one month’s salary of severance pay following the termination of the employment contract. The employer must make the severance payment within 30 calendar days of the termination.

Probation Period

The probationary period in Georgia is dependent on the type of role and is stipulated within the employment agreement. In general, probation periods must not exceed six months.    



Individuals from 98 countries can enter Georgia without a visa for one year; however, those who want to remain longer, and work must obtain an immigration visa. 

For work purposes, people need to obtain a Type D visa for Immigration. There are also options for short-terms or long-term visas; the most requested visa includes the C and D type visa. 

Foreign nationals traveling to Georgia on business typically use the C Visa ​unless they are visa exempt. Business visitors are generally permitted to stay in Georgia for up to 90 days in any 180 days, depending on their nationality. 

  The C3 or D1 visa categories are suitable for short-term work, depending on the nature and duration of the planned activities in Georgia.  

For broader/longer-term work activities, the D1 visa can be combined with a Work/Residence permit and secured in the country. The permit is generally issued for one year initially. However, exceptions are made based on employment contracts or assignment letters with longer validity, at the discretion of the State Service Development Agency. The permit can be extended for up to six years, after which the foreign national may qualify for permanent residence. 



The standard rate of VAT in Georgia is 18.00%  

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Larry Murff
6 months ago

Does Georgian employment law require annual pay increases of any sort?

Meeghan Mussington
5 months ago

When an employee is terminated and they have any unused vacation days does it matter what the termination reason is to receive the unused vacation (voluntary vs involuntary), or should it be paid out regardless?

Prachi Tailor
1 month ago

How many days worth of notice do the have to give u before ur termination? If u r not from Georgia? And can u work during those days at ur work place?

Lilly Lo
25 days ago

Are all public holidays paid days off? Also is there a mandatory vacation days for all employees?

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