Work Permit in Cyprus

Cyprus Labour Law is a combination of Contract Law, Statute law and Common Law. The Laws conform to the regulations of a number of International Labour Organisation Conventions ratified by Cyprus.

Employment relationships are based on the employment contract.

There are specialized labour courts that regulate labour disputes and for some matters they may have exclusive jurisdiction (e.g. for redundancy matters).

Hiring the employee

Referring to the Law stipulates that the agreement should not override or provide fewer rights to the employees than the employment laws provide.

Further, Law 100(I) 2000 provides that the employer must disclose to the employee either in the employment agreement or in a form of a statement the some basic information work related.

This information do not apply to employees who have worked less than one month or who do not work for more than eight hours per week and their employment is occasional.

Maximum working hours

These are set at a maximum of 48 hours per week.

Minimum wage

The minimum wage is currently set at approximately € 600 monthly earnings.

Minimum holiday entitlement
The Working Time Law, Cap.182 and Law 15/1967 provide for a right to a minimum of four weeks’ paid leave per year in addition to public holidays and a right to one day off each week.

Hiring non – nationals
The specific rule about hiring non-nationals is a written employment agreement which is proved and stamped by the Labour office, the purpose being to ensure that the mandatory requirements are met.

For non-EU citizens the employer must obtain permission to employ them from the Labour Office. The employer must show that there is no human resource available in Cyprus or anywhere else in Europe.

Maintaining the employee relationship

As to the obligations of employers there are five contributions which the employers must pay for:

       the social insurance fund;

       the annual paid leave fund;

       the termination of employment fund;

       development of human resources;

       social coherence fund.

Trade Unions are highly developed in Cyprus.

In accordance with the Trade Unions Law, Cap. 117 the employee has the option to have the terms and conditions of the employment agreement determined by collective agreements between trade unions and employers.

The legislation of Cyprus provides equality in rights for nationals and non-nationals on strike, holidays and on safe and healthy working conditions.


Termination of employment

Firing the employee is regulated by the Termination of Employment Law. A contract may be normally terminated by performance, frustration, agreement, breach, notice or dismissal.

The requirement concerning the minimum period of notice depends on the duration of the employment. The longer the period of employment then the longer the notice period required.


The Law distinguishes fair and unfair dismissal.


The employee can be lawfully terminated for one of the following reasons:


The compensation for unfair dismissal is calculated according to a schedule providing for a redundancy payment of up to two years’ salary.


If termination is because of redundancy the employee has to make a claim within three months and twelve months for any other reason.

Our Services

Our firm undertakes the drafting of Employment Agreements, obtaining the relevant permission from Governmental authorities for employing non-Cypriot personnel, litigation on labour disputes and also registration procedures for employers and employees at the Department of Social Insurance.