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Belarus Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Belarus




Belarusian Ruble (BYN)


Belarusian, Russian

Payroll Frequency

Monthly or Semi-monthly

GDP per Capita


Employer Tax

34.10% - 35%

Talent Overview

The landlocked country of Belarus is a developing one, which ranks 53rd position in the recent Human Development Index. The country has a very low unemployment rate at only 0.5%. The major industries contributing for economic growth are mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, agriculture, food, and textiles. The country holds trade relations with most European union member countries.

Major economic hubs:

Minsk, Mogilev, Vitebsk, Brest, Barysaw

Skills in demand:

IT, marketing, mechanical engineering skills, chemical engineering jobs.

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Belarus are as follows:

Uni1 6

Belarusian State University


Local: 1

World: 1177

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Belarusian State Medical University


Local: 2

World: 2816

Belarus Uni3

Belarusian National Technical University


Local: 3

World: 2996

Belarus Uni4

Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno


Local: 4

World: 3325

Belarus Uni5

Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics


Local: 5

World: 3667

Salary Data

The following table provides salary data for some common jobs in Belarus with average annual salaries:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (BYN) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
C-Level Executive 6,950 2,752
QA Engineer 2,710 1,073
Business Development Manager 4,870 1,929
Data Analyst 2,600 1.030
Copywriter 2,620 1,038
Developers and Programmers 2,830 1,121
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Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards

Rabota, Jooble

Number of LinkedIn Users


Top Recruitment Agencies

Soshace, KIAT, Ismira

Employing in Belarus

Employment in Belarus is governed by the Constitution and other legislative acts such as labor laws, trade union rules, and labor migration laws. Read forward for more information on the employment aspects in Belarus.

Employee contract

The employment contract can be written in either Belarusian or Russian. There are usually two copies of the contract. Both permanent and temporary employment is followed in Belarus. In the former case, the employment contract should specify the starting date and end date, while only the starting date needs to be mentioned in the latter.

Probation period

The probation policy for newly hired employees ranges from 1 month to 3 months.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day National Holiday
2 Jan New Year Holiday National Holiday
7 Jan Orthodox Christmas Day National Holiday
8 Mar Women’s Day National Holiday
1 May Labour Day National Holiday
9 May Victory Day National Holiday
14 May Radonitsa National Holiday
3 Jul Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus National Holiday
7 Nov October Revolution Day National Holiday
25 Dec Catholic Christmas Day National Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual/Earned Leave 30 days Yes
Sick Leave 30 days Yes
Maternity Leave 17 Weeks Yes


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Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle followed is monthly, or semi-monthly Employees are paid at the beginning of every following month. Also, part payment of 40% by the middle of a month and the rest amount paid in the upcoming month is also found in practice.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

As of January 2023, the national minimum wage in Belarus is 554 BYN per month.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

It is regulated at 200% of the standard salary. Also, the overtime per week is restricted to not more than 10 hours weekly and 180 hours annually.


13th Month Pay:

There is no statutory law for 13th-month pay bonuses in Belarus.

Employee Benefits:

  • Pension
  • Health Insurance
  • Work-related injuries insurance
  • Maternity leave
  • Paternity leave


Employer Payroll Tax:

Employers have to make the following contributions to every employee they maintain.

Contribution   Employer payroll tax
Pension 28%
Health Insurance 6%
Insurance for work-related injuries and occupational illnesses 0.10% to 1%

Employee Payroll Tax

Every employee is entitled to a monthly salary, from which the following contributions will be made.

Contributed to Employee Payroll Tax
Pension Fund 1%

Employee Income Tax

Belarus levies a flat rate of 13% as an individual income tax rate.


The standard VAT rate in Belarus is 20%.

Offboarding & Termination

An employment contract can be canceled in Belarus during the following circumstances:

  • Mutual understanding between the employer and employee
  • Employment contract expires
  • Employee moving to another company
  • Cancellation of contract after a trial period

A minimum of 1-month notice is required to leave the employment upon the employee’s wish. It will be finalized based on the employment contract. In the case of fixed-term employment, no notice period is allowed.

A minimum of two weeks’ pay of the average salary is usually considered the severance pay in Belarus. Again, this, too is stipulated by the employment agreement.

Visa and Immigration

To reside and work in Belarus, foreign nationals need a long-term visa. The important documents to work long-term in Belarus include:

  • Work permit
  • Type D visa
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