Expand your organization into Armenia with or without an Armenian entity
Armenia is a country with excellent potential for business growth, with several larger nearby trading partners, a wealth of natural resources, and an economy that has grown significantly in recent years.
However, if your company is planning an expansion into Armenia, then you should be prepared for a complex process. While the payoff can be well worth it, Armenia’s unique business and employment regulations, cultural customs, and language barrier can all result in delays to any expansion efforts.
At New Horizons, we help organizations of all kinds to expand abroad, including into Armenia. Our Armenia PEO , employer of record, and payroll services can provide your organization with everything you need to begin your Armenian expansion in a matter of just days, not the weeks or months it could otherwise take, even if you don’t have an established entity in the country.
How can New Horizons help you expand into Armenia?
Hiring in Armenia: Employment law overview
Employment contracts in Armenia
Employers in Armenia are legally required to provide a full written employment contract for every employee. Employment contracts should include any details of the employment such as salary, expected working hours, and any other relevant information to match the country’s Labor Code. The contracts should be written in Armenian and use the local currency of the Armenian dram.
Working hours in Armenia
The standard working week in Armenia is 40 hours, composed of five eight-hour days. Work beyond this should be compensated at overtime rates, which are usually at least 150% of normal pay. Overtime cannot exceed four hours per day and/or eight hours per week.
Public holidays in Armenia
There are several annual public holidays in Armenia, for which most employees receive the day off work:
- New Year’s Day
- Armenian Orthodox Christmas
- Independence Day
- New Year’s Eve
- First Republic Day
- Constitution Day
- International Women’s Day
- Good Friday
- Genocide Remembrance Day
- Victory & Peace Day
Vacation leave in Armenia
In Armenia, employees receive a minimum of 20 days of paid vacation annually.
Sick leave in Armenia
For non-work-related absences due to sickness, employers in Armenia are required to retain the employee’s position for a period of up to 120 continuous days (or 140 total in a year), and employees can receive full pay and benefits during their absence.
Parental leave in Armenia
For single births without significant complications, female employees in Armenia are entitled to 140 days of paid maternity leave, with 70 days to take before giving birth and 70 after. The compensation during this time is limited to 5x minimum wage.
Terminations and severance in Armenia
In most cases, the notice period for employee terminations in Armenia varies between five and seven days depending on the length of service. Severance pay of one month of salary is also required for employees being made redundant.
Probation periods in Armenia are limited to three months.
Taxation in Armenia
Employees in Armenia born in or later than 1974 must pay towards social security. This is between 5% and 10% of monthly income, depending on income level, and an administrative fee of 1.5% of the balance.
Employers must pay a standard rate of 7,000 drams per month to employee social security, plus 15% of salary for 20,000 to 100,000 drams in earnings and 5% of any earnings above 100,000 drams.
Personal income tax in Armenia is set at a flat rate of 23%, and this figure is set to gradually fall to 20% by 2023.
Corporate tax in Armenia is 18%.
Health coverage in Armenia
Healthcare in Armenia is generally state-funded, so employers are not expected to provide private medical insurance.
Armenia compensations & benefits
Compensation laws in Armenia
The minimum wage for employees in Armenia is 68,000 drams per month for full-time workers.
Benefit management in Armenia
Setting up a system of employee benefits for your employees in Armenia can be difficult. The complex regulations and organization can require a lot of time, effort, and investment on the part of employers.
New Horizons can help you avoid this complex part of your Armenian expansion, saving you time and money and simplifying the entire process. Our Armenia PEO team will offer advice and outsourcing of your benefit system setup and management, giving you time to focus on the other important elements of your expansion.
New Horizons' Armenia PEO will help you expand your business more efficiently
New Horizons’ Armenia PEO, employer of record, and payroll outsourcing services pro your business with everything you need to start trading in Armenia rapidly and compliantly. Our specialized team of experts will ensure that you are set up and trading in Armenia in as little as 48 hours, and could save you up to 82% in expenditure, even if you haven’t established an entity in Armenia.
We can handle all of your expenses, payroll, benefits, and legal compliance in Armenia, as well as all related human resources administration. As the only Armenia PEO with an in-house recruitment team, we can also find and hire your local staff, providing our Armenian subsidiary to act as employer of record for your hires so you don’t even need to establish a Armenian entity.
Get in touch with our Armenia experts today to find out more about our Armenia Employer of Record outsourcing services for Armenia expansion.