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Labour relations in Serbia

Labour relations in Serbia

Labour relations in Serbia are regulated by laws, collective and individual contracts, and regulations adopted by employers.

Labor relations can be entered into with a person above the age of 15 who meets requirements for work at certain tasks and is in good general health

Any foreign person who is to remain in Serbia for more than 90 days or is to take up employment during any period must apply for a residence and work permit prior to entering Serbia. Work permits are valid for 3 to 12 months and are renewable.


  1. A residence permit (read about Temporary and Permanent Residence)
  2. An application by the company (submitted in person or by mail to the Labor market office in Belgrade)
  3. An application by the individual (submitted in person or by mail to the Labor market office in Belgrade)
  4. A work permit issued by the Labour Market office

Working hours
Full time work is defined as 40 hours per week. The general document may stipulate shorter working hours than 40 hours per week, but never shorter than 36 hours per week.

In instances when it is necessary to finish unplanned work by a set deadline an employee could work longer than his/her full. Overtime cannot last for more than 8 hours per week

Recesses and leaves
Any employee working full time is entitled to a daily recess of no less than 30 minutes.

For each calendar year, an employee has the right to at least 20 working days of annual leave. An annual leave may be used in two parts.

Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
Address: Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 2
Phone: (+381) 11 3112-916, (+381) 11 3113-432
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Republic Labour Market Institute
Address: Kralja Milutina 8
Call center: 0800/300-301 (free of charge, 8h-16h)
Phone: (+381) 11 29 29 800

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