How to hire and pay EMPLOYEES IN

Argentina

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Before hiring

EMPLOYEES IN
Argentina

Before hiring employees in Argentina, there are a few important things you’ll need to know. Firstly, the amount of paid vacation an employee receives in Argentina depends on their seniority, and vacations must be granted between the 1st of October and the 30th of April.

In Argentina, an employer can expect to contribute 25.53% on top of an employee’s salary to social security. This includes contributions for retirement, PAMI, social work, the national employment fund, and mandatory life insurance. 

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Get an overview of what you need to know when hiring in Argentina below.

At a Glance

CURRENCY

ARS

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

SPANISH

PAYROLL FREQUENCY

MONTHLY

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

18

(based on region;
see here
)

EMPLOYER TAXES

26%

of gross salary

13th / 14th SALARY

The 13th salary is payable in two installments, one before the 30th of June and the other before the 18th of December.

Good to know

  • Employees in Argentina receive a 13th month salary, which is paid out in two installments: once before the 30th of June and the 18th of December.
  • Non-compete agreements in Argentina cannot exceed a maximum of two years in duration (save for exceptional cases) and must include compensation for the employee at the rate of at least 50% of their monthly salary.
  • Sick leave is three months per year for employees with less than five years of service, and six months for employees who have been working for longer than five years. This duration is doubled for employees with dependents.

Employment in

Argentina

Working hours and overtime

Employees in Argentina typically work eight hours daily and 48 hours per week. 

Overtime hours should not exceed three hours per day, 30 hours per month, or 200 hours per year. Employees receive an additional 50% pay for overtime work and an additional 100% pay for holidays or work performed after 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Employment contracts
Probationary period

The probationary period in Argentina is three months. 

Pensions
Notice period

The notice period in Argentina depends on the length of employment. The breakdown is as follows: 

  • During the probation period: 15 days' notice
  • Three months to five years of service: One month's notice
  • More than five years of continuous service: Two months' notice
IP protection and non-compete agreements

Non-compete agreements in Argentina must be limited in scope and in time. They can not exceed a maximum of two years in duration (save for exceptional cases) and must include compensation for the employee, at the rate of at least 50% of their monthly salary.

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Holidays

01 Jan

New Year's Day

20 Jun

Flag Day

15 Feb

Carnival

21 Jun

Martín Miguel de Güemes' Day

16 Feb

Carnival

9 Jul

Independence Day

24 Mar

Truth and Justice Day

16 Aug

Death of San Martin

2 Apr

Good Friday

8 Oct

Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity Holiday

2 Apr

Malvinas Day

11 Oct

Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity

1 May

Labour Day

22 Nov

National Sovereignty Day

24 May

Revolution Day Holiday

8 Dec

Immaculate Conception

25 May

Revolution Day

25 Dec

Christmas Day

01 Jan

New Year's Day

15 Feb

Carnival

16 Feb

Carnival

24 Mar

Truth and Justice Day

2 Apr

Good Friday

2 Apr

Malvinas Day

1 May

Labour Day

24 May

Revolution Day Holiday

25 May

Revolution Day

20 Jun

Flag Day

21 Jun

Martín Miguel de Güemes' Day

9 Jul

Independence Day

16 Aug

Death of San Martin

8 Oct

Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity Holiday

11 Oct

Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity

Employer tax

An employer can expect to contribute 25.53% on top of an employee’s salary to social security. This includes retirement, PAMI, social work, the national employment fund, and mandatory life insurance. 

Individual tax

Employees in Argentina are taxed from 0% to 35% depending on their income bracket. Social security contributions total 17%.

Termination of employment

Employers in Argentina can terminate employment at any time without a justified case, subject to payment of severance compensation provided by labour laws. Termination of employment with justified cause does not entail payment of severance compensation.

Terminated employees are entitled to mandatory severance pay equivalent to one month's pay for each year of employment (up to three years), plus any required notice period, remaining days within the calendar month, unused vacation and proportion of the 13th month salary accrued over the year.

Start hiring employees in

Argentina

Setting up a business entity everywhere you want to hire a new employee isn’t scalable—it takes too long and the legal fees are high. At the same time, understanding and adhering to the local labor laws and employee expectations can be complex and time consuming. And it’s hard to find reliable information on up-to-date employment information for all the countries where you’re considering hiring. Not to mention tracking down invoices and managing employee contracts over email and spreadsheets—that gets messy fast. 

We can’t afford to take risks when it comes to compliance—we need to make sure we follow the local guidelines, especially when it comes to taxes and legalities. 

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