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PAYROLL TAX 30.02% – 38.50%


TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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Horizons ensures day-to-day guidance to help your business navigate Russia labor laws and regulations. Horizons also ensures Russia payroll is processed on time, and that taxes are withheld as required.

As the Russia Employer of Record, Horizons is responsible for employee income tax withholding, payment of payroll taxes to state authorities, and submission of tax returns to the Russia Tax Office. 

Partnering with our Russia PEO is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Russia market.

Facts & Stats

PEO Platform Hire in Russia, and pay employees through our platform or app.PEO Cost Our Russia PEO solution is the most affordable on the market.Time-to-hire Fast onboarding in Russia, hire in as little as 24 hours.
Contracts We draft labor contracts compliant with Russian labor law.Local Benefits We administer all mandatory benefits and contributions in Russia.185+ Countries It doesn’t stop with Russia — we are an international PEO
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Employment Laws

Russian employment contracts

It is legally required for employers in Russia to provide a formal written employment contract for every employee. These contracts need to contain details of the agreement, such as the benefits, salary/wage, and other so on.

Any reference to compensation should be in Russian rubles, the national currency, and the contract should be worded in Russian.

By partnering with our Russia PEO, Horizons’ team of local experts can provide assistance for drafting strong employment contracts that are compliant with local regulations. 

Probationary period

3 months: Standard employees

6 months: For managers / executives

Termination notice period14 days
SeveranceOnly in cases where the employer terminates without notice; amount to be equal to the notice time
Probationary period

3 months: Standard employees

6 months: For managers / executives

Termination notice period14 days
SeveranceOnly in cases where the employer terminates without notice; amount to be equal to the notice time

Working hours in Russia

The standard working week in Russia is 40 hours. Any time worked beyond this must be agreed upon beforehand and employers must pay overtime rates. Also, employees cannot generally exceed four hours of overtime in a two-day period.

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Public holidays in Russia

There are several nationally recognized paid public holidays in Russia.

In addition to the standard public holidays, Russian employees receive several days off for New Year’s Day and Orthodox Christmas. During this period, from Jan 1 to Jan 7, almost all stores and businesses close.

The following is an expanded list of holidays, not all of which will necessarily be offered to employees

Russia has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2023 these holidays are:
DateHoliday name
1 Jan SundayNew Year’s Day
2 Jan to 6 JanNew Year Holiday
7 Jan SaturdayOrthodox Christmas Day
8 Jan SundayNew Year Holiday
23 Feb ThursdayDefender of the Fatherland Day
24 Feb FridayPublic Holiday
8 Mar WednesdayInternational Women’s Day
1 May Monday Spring and Labor Day
8 May Monday Public Holiday
9 May TuesdayVictory Day
12 Jun MondayRussia Day
4 Nov SaturdayUnity Day
6 Nov MondayDay off for Unity Day

Vacation leave in Russia

Russian employees are entitled to a minimum of 28 days of paid vacation leave. At least 14 days of this leave needs to be taken in one block, and any vacation leave offered beyond the normal 28 days can be ‘sold’ for extra pay.

Sick leave in Russia

Employees in Russia who are absent from work through sickness or injury are still entitled to payments upon the provision of a doctor’s note. The precise amount of compensation is between 60% and 100% of normal pay and is based on a range of factors.

Maternity and paternity leave in Russia

Mothers in Russia can usually take 140 days of paid leave, with 70 days taken before and after their child’s birth. They may also be entitled to extended leave in some cases, such as when more than one child is born, or if they have associated health problems. Leave can also be extended to up to three years (unpaid), and employers must retain their job during this time

Fathers are not legally entitled to any paternity leave in Russia.

Taxation in Russia

Employers in Russia must contribute toward employee social security benefits. These contributions cover things like pensions, disability insurance, and more, and total around 22% of salaries (although there are maximum limits in place).

The income tax rate in Russia is a flat 13% of income, however, this can vary in some cases, such as for foreign workers.

The corporate tax rate in Russia is generally 20%.

Health coverage in Russia

Russia has a nationalized healthcare system, so employers do not need to offer health insurance to their employees. However, some companies may choose to offer private coverage for employees.

Employee severance and terminations in Russia

Employees are quite strongly protected in Russia, so employers usually need to negotiate terms of termination on a case-by-case basis. In general, employees receive several (three or more) months of severance pay in place of a notice period.

To avoid legal trouble, it is advisable to get professional advice when terminating employees in Russia.

Workers in a probation period (which are limited to three months) are not usually entitled to these notice periods.

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Compensation & Benefits

Compensation Laws in Russia

The monthly minimum wage in most of Russia is 12,130 rubles as of 2020. There is a higher minimum of 20,195 rubles in Moscow, the country’s capital city.

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Benefit management in Russia
Building an employee benefits system in Russia can be a long and complicated process, with the language, laws, and administrative procedures all potentially stalling your expansion progress. A simple alternative is to outsource your Russian benefits management to Horizons. Our team will ensure that your benefits system is set up rapidly and compliantly, so you can focus on the important job of expanding into Russia.

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A Russia PEO and a Russia EOR are two types of companies which specialize in providing human resources services to businesses in Russia.

The main difference between a Russia PEO and a Russia EOR is in the scope of their services.

Russia PEOs provide a full range of HR services, including payroll, benefits administration, and employee recruiting—all under one roof as a co-employer. Engaging a Russia PEO is essentially outsourcing your HR duties in Russia.

Russia EORs actually take over as the legal employer of your employees based abroad. Russia EORs become responsible for labor compliance for your employees in Russia.

At Horizons, we offer both PEO and EOR services in Russia. Get in touch now and let us know what service you are seeking.

A PEO in Russia can feasibly hire both local and foreign nationals to work in Russia.

However, the ability of Horizons to sponsor your foreign national employee in Russia may be limited due to visa quotas practiced in many countries.

Contact us with your requirements and our Global Mobility team with review the case and get back to you within 2 business days.

In most cases, Horizons’ Russia PEO can hire & onboard your employee within 24 hours. The actual start date of the employee will depend on their notice period obligation to their previous employer as well as any relevant hiring rules in Russia.

It is possible to get a work visa in Russia. Horizons’ Global Mobility team is a dedicated team of work visa experts. They assess the details of each case to determine feasibility and costs before Horizons applies for the work visa on behalf of your employee. If the Global Mobility team determines that your case is feasible, the process is smooth and transparent. Visa spots in Russia are limited, however—get started today to secure your employees’ visa spot.