Legal frame & work permit

The average working week in Croatia is of 40 hours, spread out over five or six days per week.The minimum annual leave in Croatia is of 18 days, people under 18 years old are entitled to 24 days. Traditionally, Croats take long holidays in July and August, although this is changing as more international firms establish branches in Croatia.


Working permit

Even though the applicant may have completed the visa procedures (for a business or employment visa) and acquired an extended residency permit, he/she is not legally allowed to work in Croatia until she/he has received a work permit.

According to the Law on the Employment of Foreign Nationals, the Croatian Employment Institute must turn around applications within 30 days. Roughly 90 per cent of applications are passed first time; the most common reason for rejection is “labour market conditions”. Applications approved by the Institute of Employment are passed on to the Ministry of Labour, which issues the work permit.Work permits are issued for a limited period of time only. After the expiration of your work permit you have to apply for renewal. Business visas have a maximum duration of one year.

Having received the work permit in approximately four weeks, the individual or his representative must go to a designated police station in order to get an Identification Number for Foreigners.


Social security

Social security in Croatia is divided into three main branches: pension, health, and unemployment insurance. It is funded by employees, self-employed persons, employers, and the State.

Foreigners on temporary stay who are not registered with public health insurance have to acquire private health care for themselves and the members of their families.

All Croatian employees are entitled to unemployment benefits if they are between 15 and 65, with at least 9 months of employment in the past 24 months. They must register with the Employment Institute within the first 30 days of being unemployed.

Mandatory parental leave for mothers begins 28 days before the expected date of childbirth and continues at least up to 42 days after childbirth. After the 42nd day the father can opt to take parental leave in place of the mother.The leave period is mandatory until the child is 6 months old and may be extended until the child is 1 year old.


Updated: 10.8.2012