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
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.
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.
The probationary period in Argentina is three months.
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
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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Paid time off
The amount of paid vacation an employee receives in Argentina depends on their seniority. The breakdown is as follows:
- Less than five years of service: 14 days of leave
- Five to 10 years of service: 21 days of leave
- 10 to 20 years of service: 28 days of leave
- Over 20 years of service: 35 days of leave
Vacations must be granted between the 1st of October and the 30th of April.
Employees with less than five years of continuous service are entitled to three months of paid sick leave per year. Those with over five years of service receive six months of paid sick leave. The amount of sick leave is doubled for employees with dependents.
Employees in Argentina are entitled to 90 days' maternity leave, which can be split into 45 days before birth and 45 days post-birth. Employees may also choose to take 30 days' leave before giving birth and 60 days' leave afterwards. This is paid by the social security system as a family allowance. Unpaid leave between three and six months can also be requested.
Employees are also entitled to two days of paid paternity leave.
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.
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.
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