The complete guide to offering employee benefits in Argentina


Mar 30, 2023

In Argentina, labor laws are complex—especially for companies looking to hire employees in Argentina while based in the US or another country. It's important to understand mandatory employee benefits in Argentina, so you can put together a benefits package that's compliant with labor laws—and attractive to local workers.

Read on for everything you need to know about benefits plans that meet the statutory requirements in Argentina.

What employee benefits are mandatory in Argentina?

Mandatory benefits are the ones that are required by Argentine law for all workers based in Argentina.

Keep in mind that the benefits required by the government of Argentina are statutory minimums, and employers can always offer more than these mandatory benefits. Also, note that these benefits are mandatory for employees—independent contractors in Argentina aren't entitled to any benefits.

Social security

In Argentina, employers are required to contribute around 25% on top of an employee's salary to social security, which covers several crucial benefits:

  • Retirement plans
  • Disability benefits
  • Mandatory life insurance
  • Employment insurance and unemployment benefits
  • Family allowances, which help low-income families provide for children and cover parental leave payments

Health insurance plans

Employees in Argentina have healthcare benefits through private companies that are arranged by labor unions. Health benefits under these plans typically include medical and dental coverage for the employee and all of their immediate family members. Both employers and employees contribute to the cost of premiums—employers contribute 6% on top of the employee's base salary.

Paid vacation

  • Employees with less than five years of service are entitled to 14 days.
  • Employees with five to 10 years of service are entitled to 21 days.
  • Employees with 10-20 years of service are entitled to 28 days.
  • Employees with over 20 years of service are entitled to 35 days.

Argentina requires vacation time to be granted between Oct. 1 and April 30.

Paid vacation leave in Argentina is based on seniority:

Sick leave

Sick leave is also based on seniority. Employees with less than five years of continuous service are entitled to three months of paid sick leave per year. Employees who have worked for the same employer continuously for more than five years are entitled to up to six months of paid sick leave per year.

The amount of sick leave an employee is entitled to is doubled if they have any dependents.

Statutory holidays

Employees in Argentina are entitled to different statutory holidays, depending on their municipality and religion. There are a number of holidays that are observed nationwide and given to employees as paid days off.

Below are the nationwide statutory holidays in Argentina.

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New Year's Day

Jan. 1


Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday

Memorial Day for Truth and Justice

March 24

Good Friday

The Friday before Easter Sunday


Dec. 25

May Revolution Day

May 25

Flag Day

June 20

Independence Day

July 9

Day of National Sovereignty

Nov. 20

Immaculate Conception

Dec. 8

Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity

Oct. 12

Overtime pay

Labor laws in Argentina strictly limit how much employees can work. Normal working hours can't exceed eight hours per day or 48 hours per week—but for employees with overnight hours or who do work considered "unhealthy," the limit is seven hours per day.

Employees can work overtime for up to three hours per day, 30 hours per month, and 200 hours per year. Weekday overtime must be paid at 150% of the employee’s usual salary or wage, while overtime on a Saturday afternoon, Sunday, or public holiday must be paid at 200%.

Severance pay

Severance pay for employees in Argentina must be equal to one month of pay for every year they worked unless they're terminated for economic reasons; then, severance is equal to half a month's pay for each year worked. Employees may also be entitled to a portion of their 13th month salary, depending on the reason for the termination.

13th month salary

Employees in Argentina are entitled to a 13th month salary, called Aguinaldo. It's payable in two installments, one due to the employee before June 30, and the other due before Dec. 18. Each installment should be equal to at least 50% of their highest monthly wage received during the prior six months.

What employee benefits are optional in Argentina?

Argentina's statutory benefits are the minimums that are required to be provided by employers. But employers can always go above and beyond the minimum and offer extra benefits to help attract and retain the best talent in Argentina.

Some common supplementary benefits are below.

Gym allowance

It's becoming increasingly common for employers to offer supplementary benefits that help employees in Argentina maximize their wellness. This can include allowances for gym memberships, passes to fitness classes, and other health perks.

Transportation allowance

For commuters in particular, some Argentine employers offer transportation allowances to help offset the costs of getting to and from work.

Meal vouchers

Healthy, delicious meals can help attract great employees, so meal vouchers are another non-obligatory benefit that's becoming more common for Argentine employers. Some offer catered meals onsite, while others offer allowances to cover the cost of buying meals during their employees' work hours.

Internet/phone allowance

In the age of remote work, internet, and mobile phone allowances are becoming a more common supplementary benefit. If employees are expected to do any work from home or on their own devices, they may ask their Argentine employer to cover some or all of the cost.

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last edited: March 26, 2024

The Author

Christina Marfice

Christina is a writer, editor, and content strategist based in Chicago. Having lived and worked in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru, she’s bringing her expertise on hiring in Latin America to Rippling.