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Montenegro Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Montenegro




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Talent Overview

Montenegro is in the process of transition as it recovers from the Yugoslavian Wars. The country is listed as the 103rd freest economy in 2022 and placed 41st in Europe. It once boasted its economy as agriculturally strong. Currently, the country is positioning itself as an elite tourist destination. The country is looking for foreign investors to bolster its service industry in preparation for the future.

Major economic hubs:


Skills in demand:

Tourism Professionals, Engineering Professionals, ICT Professionals

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Montenegro are as follows:

Uni 2

Univerzitet Crne Gore (University of Montenegro)


Local: 1

World : 2746

Salary Data

The table contains average monthly salary in Montenegro

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (EUR) Average Monthly Salary (USD) 
Information Technology Manager 4,410.00 4,740
Network Engineer 2,370.00 2,547
Developer / Programmer 2,610.00  2,805
Project Manager 2,980.00 3,203
Database Administrator 2,690.00 2,891
Business Analyst 3,370.00 3,622
Business Development Manager 4,230.00 4,546
Montenegro Talent Source

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Zaposli, Employment Agency of Montenegro, Prekoveze

Number of LinkedIn users:

108, 100

Top Recruitment Agencies:

Alma Career, Employment Agency of Montenegro

Employing in Montenegro

Hiring in Montenegro requires you to be aware of the local employment laws, benefits, payroll, and taxes. Below is everything you need to know to successfully onboard talents from Montenegro.

Employee Contract

Contracts in Montenegro can either be verbal or written according to the Labour Code. However, a written contract must be signed by both employee and employer before the start of the employment tenure. There is no specific language needed for the contract, but the official document must be in Montenegrin for it to be recognized by the law.

Probation Period

The probationary period for new employees are up to 6 months. 

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day National holiday
2 Jan New Year’s Day Holiday National holiday
3 Jan New Year’s Day observed National holiday
1 May Labour Day/May Day National holiday
2 May Labour Day/May Day Holiday National holiday
21 May Independence Day National holiday
22 May Independence Day Holiday National holiday
23 May Independence Day observed National holiday
13 Jul Statehood Day National holiday
14 Jul Statehood Day Holiday National holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of leave Time period Mandatory
Annual leave/Earned Leave 15 – 30 days Yes
Maternity Leave  98 days Yes
Sick Leave Based on requirement Yes



Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

Workers are paid monthly.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Montenegro is EUR 450 per month.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

Overtime pay in Montenegro should at least be 125% the current rate of the employees. However, rates for overtime and holiday compensation depend on the employment contract and collective agreement.


13th Month Pay

The 13th-month pay is not mandatory in Montenegro however, it can be agreed upon by both parties through the collective agreement or employment contract.

Employee Benefits

  • Pension and disability
  • Health Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Healthcare benefits
  • Group Accident Insurance


Employer Payroll Tax

Contributions are subject to a specific annual cap for 2021 (EUR 54,533.00)

Type of Contribution Rate (%)
Pension and Disability Insurance 5.5
Unemployment Insurance 0.5

Employee Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Rate (%)
Pension and Disability Insurance 15.0
Unemployment Insurance 0.5

Employee Income Tax

Employee Income Tax
Tax range Rate (%)
Less than EUR 700 0
EUR 701 to EUR 1,000 (gross) 9
EUR 1,001 onwards 15


Entrepreneur Income Tax
Tax range Rate (%)
EUR 8,400.01 to EUR 12,000.00 9
EUR 12,000.01 onwards 15


Surtax is 13% applicable to all municipalities except for Podrica and Cetinje. Podrica and Cetinje surtax is 15%. The surtax base is the Income Tax assessed.


The standard VAT in Montenegro is 21% but certain supplies are reduced to 7% (e.g. bread, milk, books, medicines, computers) and 0% (export goods and gasoline for vessels in international traffic)

Offboarding & Termination

Employers in Montenegro are required to provide a notice period for the termination of employees. According to the Labour Code, employers can terminate employees for the following reasons.

  • Health (cannot provide output due to deteriorating health)
  • Behavioral problems (fraud, estafa, embezzlement)
  • Intoxication (coming to work under the influence of psychoactive substances)
  • Truancy (does not return to work after 2 days of unpaid leaves)
  • Provided by the collective agreement or employment contract

The notice period for probationary and regular employees is 30 days.

The severance pay in Montenegro must be in the amount of at least one-third of the employee’s monthly average salary, less the taxes and contributions in the previous six months. The severance pay must be at least three monthly salaries in the last six months.

Visa and Immigration

There are two possible visas for entering Montenegro for business purposes. You can either apply for a Short Stay Visa or Long Stay Visa. 

For Short Stay Visas, it may be issued for one or multiple entries where you can stay in the country for 90 days at most in a period of 6 months. The validity of this visa is only up to one year but can exceed up to no more than 5 years. 

For Long Stay Visas, it may be issued for one or multiple entries where you can stay in the country for more than 90 days in a period of 6 months. More often, this type of visa is offered to travelers who conduct business in the country for an extended period of time.

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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

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