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Talent Wiki - Belarus

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Belarus
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Capital
Minsk
Currency
Belarusian Ruble
Languages
Belarusian, Russian
Payroll Frequency
Monthly/ Semi-monthly
GDP per Capita
6900 USD (2022, projected)
Employer Tax
34.10% - 35%

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Belarus

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.

Local Universities

The top local universities in Belarus are listed below:

Belarusian State University

RANKING

Belarus : 1

World : 1012

Belarusian National Technical University

RANKING

Belarus : 4

World : 2597

Salary Data

Some of the popular jobs and their average monthly salaries are listed below:

Job Title Average Annual Salary (BYN) Average Annual Salary ( USD)
C-Level Executive 45,352.61 $17,087
QA Engineer 30,993.29 $11,677
Business Development 24,957.60 $9,403
Data Analyst 16,492.24 $6,213
Accountant 13,202.37 $4,973
Copywriter 26,117.79 $7,965
Mobile developer 23,803.19 $7,259

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards: 

Rabota TUT.by,Jooble

Number of LinkedIn users:

730,000

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
7 Mar Public Holiday National Holiday
8 Mar Women's Day National Holiday
1 May Labor Day National Holiday
2 May Public Holiday National Holiday
3 May Radonitsa National Holiday
9 May Victory Day 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

Payroll

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.

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Minimum Wage:

As of January 2022, the national minimum wage in Belarus is 457 BYN per month.

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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.

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Health Examination Clause

Bonus

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
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Taxes

Employer Payroll Tax:

Employers have to make the following contributions on 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 salary each month, 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.

VAT:

The standard VAT rate in Belarus is 20%.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

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

Notice 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.

Severance Pay

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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