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Employee recruitment in Portugal with Parakar’s expert HR guidance. Our services simplify your entry into the Portuguese job market, offering end-to-end support. This includes demystifying Portugal’s employment laws, crafting legally sound work contracts, and adeptly handling the intricacies of social security.

Confronting challenges such as obtaining work permits in Portugal, navigating the Portuguese tax system, or comprehending employee benefits in the region? Parakar is your reliable partner. Our expertise in ensuring compliance with employment laws and optimizing payroll procedures is unparalleled. Learn how we streamline the hiring process in Portugal, transforming potential hurdles into opportunities for growth in this vibrant labour market.

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Native HR-experts

Our local HR team has a deep understanding of the local business culture in Portugal and fluent language skills to provide you with the right support and service for you expansion needs.

20+ years of experience

Our experience in international business expansion goes beyond 20 years. This experience allows us to help you achieve your business expansion goals in a correct, efficient and compliant manner.

Customized solutions

At Parakar, we offer personalized solutions based on your specific growth ambitions. Whether a multinational or a small business, we’ll sort it out.

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Employee recruitment in Portugal

Effective recruitment in Portugal demands thorough understanding of its comprehensive employment regulations. These encompass aspects from equitable hiring practices to securing the necessary work permits. Before initiating the hiring process, it’s critical for businesses to establish transparent and equitable employment contracts that adhere to Portuguese regulations regarding wages and termination policies.

Parakar is your navigator in the Portuguese employment terrain. Our proficiency in Portuguese employment laws aids businesses in attaining full legal conformity. Our offerings include clear contract formulation and strict adherence to legal standards, ensuring your recruitment process is correctly aligned from the outset.

Post-recruitment in Portugal

After successfully recruiting employees, businesses in Portugal encounter specific post-hiring challenges. It’s crucial for them to be conversant with and adhere to Portuguese tax regulations, manage social security contributions, and stay updated on local employment market trends. Compliance with these elements is essential for operating within the legal framework of Portugal.

Keep in mind

Hiring in Portugal:
What to know



The primary currency for all financial transactions in Portugal is the Euro (EUR).



Portuguese is the predominant language.


Payroll frequency

In Portugal, employees generally receive their salaries on a monthly basis, in line with common practices.


Public holidays

Portugal has 13 public holidays annually.


Additional salary provisions

While a 13th-month salary is not a legal requirement in Portugal, some companies might offer it as a bonus.


Holiday allowance

Holiday allowance, often equating to an extra month’s salary, is a customary practice and anticipated by employees.

Portuguese employment facts

Minimum wage

Portugal has a national minimum wage which is updated annually. This wage is determined by the Portuguese government and is mandatory for all employers to comply with.

Working hours and overtime

The standard workweek in Portugal is typically 40 hours, spread over 5 days. Overtime is regulated, and employees are usually entitled to additional pay for hours worked beyond the standard workweek. Overtime compensation rates are typically higher than regular hourly wages.

Annual leave and public holidays

Employees in Portugal are entitled to paid annual leave. The standard annual leave is 22 working days. Additionally, Portugal observes several public holidays, and employees are generally entitled to have these days off with pay. Some of these holidays are fixed, while others are movable feasts based on the Christian calendar.

Termination and severance

Portuguese labour laws provide protections for employees regarding termination of employment. Employers must provide just cause for termination and are often required to give notice and pay severance, depending on the length of service and the circumstances of the termination. The specifics of these requirements can vary, so employers must be careful to adhere to the legal standards set forth in Portuguese labour law.

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Why choose
Parakar for Portugal?


Parakar owns a Portuguese entity and is registered as an employer with the Portuguese authorities.


We act up as your Employer of Record to employ and payroll your employees in Portugal.


We offer great management for customized employee benefits.

Navigating the Portuguese workforce: Insights from Parakar

Mastering the intricacies of Portugal’s job market requires a thorough understanding of the country’s specific employment laws and payroll nuances. Parakar emerges as a vital partner in this landscape, simplifying complex processes and providing customized advice to global companies.

Understanding Portuguese employment regulations and contract fundamentals

To effectively integrate into Portugal’s employment scene, it’s imperative to comprehend its labour laws. This includes creating contracts that adhere to Portuguese requirements and knowing the proper procedures for terminating employment relationships. Lack of this knowledge can lead to legal challenges, despite Portugal’s favorable environment for recruitment.

Streamlining administrative duties

Handling Portugal’s social security framework, understanding work permit stipulations, and grasping the tax system are crucial for compliant operations in Portugal. Parakar plays a critical role in these areas, aiding businesses in navigating Portuguese work permits and tax responsibilities for employers.

Efficient workforce management

Effectively managing a team in Portugal involves more than offering competitive benefits. It includes keeping abreast of local employment trends, ensuring precise social security contributions, and maintaining accurate payroll systems. Parakar eases these tasks, enabling companies to concentrate on their primary goals while assuring their payroll practices meet the required standards.

In summary, succeeding in Portugal’s job market demands a comprehensive understanding of local employment practices, from contract law to payroll and taxation. Parakar provides the essential support international employers need to smoothly navigate these elements, capitalizing on Portugal’s dynamic job market.

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