How to Hire Staff in Argentina


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Introducing Argentina

Argentina is a vast country located in the southern part of South America. The eighth largest country in the world. It is a developing country. Its economy is the second-largest national economy in South America.


Capital City - Buenos Aires

Currency - Argentine peso ($, ARS)

Languages Spoken - Spanish

Population Size - 4.5 Million (2021)

Time Zone - GMT -03:00

GDP - USD 491 Million (2021)

Employee Classification

Employees can be majorly divided into two categories –  Contractors and Employees and defining relation with the employee is very important to avoid risks associated with misclassification.

The courts in India have applied the control and integration test to determine whether a person can be classified as an employee or independent contractor. The prima facie test is the control test to determine whether an employer-employee relationship exists and it is not merely to direct the nature of work that has to be carried out but also to control the manner in which it is done.

Another difference between an employer and contractors is an employer is required to withhold tax at the time of payment of salary to employees. The salary paid to an employee may include benefits and allowances that the employee is entitled to, which is beneficial to the employee from a tax perspective. However, with respect to independent contractors, the employer must withhold the applicable taxes; however, the amount paid may not be in the form of salary, but as professional fees for services performed. In both these cases, the employee and independent contractor/s will be required to file their income tax returns as prescribed under law.

Hiring Structure in Argentina

Payroll Cycle

Monthly employees are to be paid at the end of each calendar month. Employees with daily or hourly wages must be paid weekly or bi-weekly.

Public Holidays



Jan. 1st

New Year’s Day

Feb. 28th


Mar. 1st


Mar. 24th

Truth and Justice Day

Apr. 2nd

Malvinas Day

Apr. 15th

Good Friday

May 1st

Labour Day

May 25th

Revolution Day

Jun. 17th

Martín Miguel de Güemes’ Day

Jun. 20th

Flag Day

Jul. 9th

Independence Day

Aug. 15th

Death of San Martin

Oct. 7th

Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity Holiday

Oct. 10th

Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity

Nov. 21st

National Sovereignty Day

Dec. 8th

Immaculate Conception

Dec. 9th

Immaculate Conception Holiday

Dec. 25th

Christmas Day



Apr. 14th

Maundy Thursday

Apr. 15th

Good Friday

Apr. 15th

Passover Eve

Apr. 17th

Easter Sunday

Apr. 21st

Sixth Day of Passover

Apr. 24th

Action Day for Tolerance and Respect between People

Dec. 31st

New Year’s Eve

Benefits & Health Insurance

Employees are entitled to their essential benefits. Staying compliant with the country’s benefits is mandatory. Failing to offer these provisions can lead to government penalties. In Argentina, the required benefits include:

  • Social security contributions
  • Health insurance
  • Paid annual leave
  • Days off on National holidays

Having supplemental benefits results in employees’ increased contribution of their best efforts and continuing to work with you.

Personal Income Tax

Individuals resident are taxable on global income at progressive income tax rates ranging from 5% to 35%.

The following PIT rates are currently applicable (as of 1 January 2021):

Taxable Income (ARS)

Tax on excess (%)

Over 0 to 97,202


Over 97,202 to 194,404


Over 194,404 to 291,606


Over 291,606 to 388,808


Over 388,808 to 583,212


Over 583,212 to 777,616


Over 777,616 to 1,166,424


Over 1,166,424 to 1,555,232


Over 1,555,232


Employment Termination

Employers can terminate an employment contract at any time without justified cause, entitled to payment of severance compensation provided by labour laws. Employees on a trial period, i.e. during the first three months of employment, are not entitled to severance compensation; exception made to prior notice (15 days). Termination of employment with a justified cause does not involve payment of severance compensation.

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