Legal ResourcesInternational Workers’ Day

April 30, 20220

May 1st is International Workers’ Day, and an official holiday in more than 80 countries around the world.

In Albania, May 1 is 1 (one) of  14 (fourteen) Official Holidays.

The rest of the official holidays are:

  • January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • January 2 – New Year’s Day
  • March 14 – Summer Day
  • March 22 – Nevruz Day
  • Catholic Easter
  • Orthodox Easter
  • Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
  • Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
  • September 5 – Saint Teresa Sanctification Day
  • November 28 – Independence Day
  • November 29 – Liberation Day
  • December 8 – National Youth Day
  • December 25 – Christmas Day

This year, May 1 falls on Sunday, consequently the day off will be postponed to Monday, May 2nd.


Salary on Official Holidays

On official holidays, employees (usually) don’t work, yet they get paid – at least this is the rule provided in the Labor Code.

However, if the employer needs the employee to work even on official holiday, he should:

  • Provide this scenario in the employment contract
  • Notify in advance his employee
  • Offer an extra paycheck for that day.


How to calculate the extra paycheck?

The extra paycheck is calculated on the basic salary. The Labor Code stipulates that the extra paycheck should not be less than 25% of the basic hourly minimum wage.

The extra paycheck should be calculated in compliance with the rules set by the Council of Ministers in its latest decision, No. 158, dated 12.3.2022 “On Determining the Minimum Wage at the Country Level”.

  • The basic monthly salary is 32,000 (thirty two thousand) ALL.
  • Normal working time is 174 (one hundred and seventy four) working hours per month
  • The minimum hourly wage is 183.9 (one hundred eighty three commas nine) ALL.


Employment in Albania

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