The situation

Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum salary for locally hired foreign workers has increased to RSD 143 net per hour, up 10 percent from last year.

A closer look

  • Minimum salary per month. The minimum monthly salary requirement in Serbia fluctuates per month, depending on the number of working hours, as follows:
    • Months with 160 working hours: RSD 22,880
    • Months with 164 working hours: RSD 24,024
    • Months with 176 working hours: RSD 25,168
    • Months with 184 working hours: RSD 26,312
  • Initial and renewal applications. Employers of foreign nationals seeking to obtain or renew a work permit on or after January 1, 2018 must increase the foreign national’s minimum salary to comply with the new rule.
  • Pending applications. Employers of foreign nationals with pending work permit applications as of January 1, 2018 must increase the foreign national’s minimum salary to comply with the new rule.
  • Immigration applications that do not meet the minimum salary will be rejected.

Reminders on other requirements

  • Benefits and allowances. As before, benefits and allowances may not be included in the salary calculation.