Payroll and Benefits Guide Montenegro

Last updated: May 10, 2023

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



Employer Payroll Contributions

8.30% Total Employment Cost
5.50% Pension and Disability insurance
2.30% Health Insurance
0.50% Unemployment Insurance


Employee Payroll Contributions

24.00% Total Employee Cost
15.00% Pension and Disability Insurance
8.50% Health Insurance
0.50% Unemployment Insurance


Employee Income Tax

0.00% Up to 700 EUR
9.00% 701 EUR to 1,000 EUR
15.00% Over 1,0001 EUR

Employer taxes


Employee taxes


Minimum Wage


The monthly gross minimum wage is 532.54 EUR and 6,390 EUR per year (based on twelve monthly payments).




Payroll Cycle

In Montenegro, the payroll frequency is monthly and payment is generally made by the last working day of the month.

13th Salary

There are no provisions in the law.

Salary Increase

Each year in Montenegro worker’s salaries are increased based on completing a year of service as follows:

  • Up to 10 years – 0.5%
  • From 10 to 20 years – 0.75%
  • Over 20 years – 1%

Working Hours


A standard full-time workweek in Montenegro consists of 40 hours per week or 8 hours per day.


Overtime cannot exceed more than 10 hours per week for a total of 50 hours worked and no employee can work more than 48 hours per week—including overtime—on average within the period of four months. In general, overtime must be agreed upon in writing except for emergencies. Overtime pay is generally outlined in collective bargaining agreements, but the minimum legal threshold is 140% of the regular pay.

The new general collective agreement on extra pay for work on Sundays and for non-consecutive work hours are as follows:

  • work on Sundays is paid 80% on top of the base hourly wage, with the following exceptions:
    • the rule does not apply to jobs the nature of which requires continuous work, such as jobs relating to aircraft crew or workers in hospitality and public transport sectors)
    • with respect to jobs in the media industry, the rule will apply only from 1 July 2023
  • work with non-consecutive hours (i.e. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) is paid 10% more than the same work with consecutive hours of work (with some exceptions) and time spent on stand-by is paid at 10% of the base hourly wage.

On call duty

An employee cannot be held on standby (on-call duty) for more than ten days per month unless a branch collective agreement, governmental decision, or individual bargaining agreement provides otherwise.

Working Week



Paid Time Off

For each calendar year, an employee shall have the right to 20 working days of annual leave. For employees with a six-day workweek, the entitlement is increased to 24 working days. At least 10 continuous working days must be used during the allotted calendar year and the remaining unused days can carry over until 30th June of the following year.

Vacation Days
Public Holidays

Public Holidays

There are 9 public holidays.

Sick Days

Employees receive 70% compensation from their employer for the first 60 days of sick leave and then after from social security.
Employees are obligated to provide their employers with a medical certificate within three days of starting their sick leave.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to receive 98 days of paid maternity leave at the employee’s regular pay rate.
Maternity leave should start 28 days before the due date and the remaining 70 days are taken after childbirth.



Paternity Leave

The paternity leave entitlement is included in parental leave.

Parental Leave

Employees can use parental leave after the completion of maternity leave for a duration of 365 days. Each parent is entitled to an even share of the leave. Parental leave can be transferred from one parent to the other upon expiry of 30 days from when the parental leave was started. If this is done, the parent who transferred the right to the other parent shall not be entitled to the continuation of the use of parental leave.

Other Leave

Depending on the collective agreement or employment contract terms, an employee may be allowed additional leave types approved between the employer and employee. Employees are entitled to up to 7 days of paid leave for:

  • Matrimony
  • Birth
  • Professional examinations
  • Death of an immediate family member
  • The new general collective agreement entitles employees to additional days of paid leave compared to what they are entitled to under the labor act.
    • Employees are entitled to two consecutive workdays of paid leave within a year when taking a professional exam unrelated to their job.
    • In the case of childbirth, the employee is entitled to three workdays of paid leave even if the total number of annual paid leave workdays in the given year (30 days) has been taken.
    • A union representative is entitled to a paid absence from work while present at union-related events within the country or abroad, subject to a written notice of absence to be submitted at least three days before the absence and proof of the invitation for the event.


Termination Process

Employers can terminate a fixed-term contract for business, personal, or worker 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 their actions.

Notice Period

A written notice must be given at least 30 days before the date of termination of employment unless the contract or collective agreement states otherwise.

Severance Pay

Severance pay should be outlined in the employment contract or collective agreement and should not be less than three times the average monthly salary, free of taxes and contributions across the previous four months.

Probation Period

The probationary period is defined in the collective agreement or employment contract and must not exceed six months. It is common to practice in Montenegro for probation periods to be three months.



Business visitors may enter under a short-stay C visa, which allows entry and stay for up to 90 days in a 180-day period. Allowable activities are not regulated by law. As the labor inspectorate has wide discretion in assessing compliance, activities conducted on business visits should be limited.

The main work authorization category is the Temporary Residence and Work Permit, which can be used for both intracompany transferees and locally hired employees. The permit may be granted for one year initially and is renewable.



VAT is 21% standard rate.

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Version History

May 31, 2022
The monthly gross minimum wage is now 532.54 EUR and 6,390 EUR per year (based on twelve monthly payments).
Payroll contributions and personal income tax rates have been updated.

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1 year ago

I need to know the method of calculating social insurance for employees. If the employee receives a basic salary of 400, how much will the total salary. I need to know the social insurance calculation. Can you send the method of calculation

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
1 year ago
Reply to  Murad

Hi Murad, I’ve attached a link to our global employment cost calculator.
Here you can plug in the country of employment, monthly/annual salary, and the currency, and it will do the calculation for you. You can also find the employer/employee taxes in Montenegro on our CountryPedia.

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Public Holidays Calendar

Montenegro 2023
Day Date Holiday Notes
Sunday Jan-1 New Year's Day
Monday Jan-2 Second Day of the New Year
Tuesday Jan-3 New Year's Day In lieu
Monday May-1 Labor Day
Tuesday May-2 Day after Labor Day
Sunday May-21 Independence Day In lieu
Monday May-22 Day after Independence Day
Tuesday May-23 Independence Day
Thursday Jul-13 Statehood Day
Friday Jul-14 Day after Statehood Day