Overview

Capital
Kingston
Currency
Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
Date Format
dd/mm/yyyy

Contributions

Employer

Employer Payroll Contributions

3.00%
National Insurance Scheme (NIS) (on maximum renumeration of 3 million JMD per year)
3.00%
National Housing Trust (NHT)
3.50%
Education Tax
3.00%
Human Employment & Resources Training (HEART)
12.50% Total Employment Cost
Employee

Employee Payroll Contributions

3.00% (on maximum renumeration of 3 million JMD per year)
National Insurance Scheme (NIS)
2.00%
National Housing Trust (NHT)
2.25%
Education Tax
7.25% Total Employee Cost

Employee Income Tax

0.00%
Up to 1,500,096 JMD (applicable Jamaican residents)
25.00%
1,500,096 JMD to 6,000,000 JMD
30.00%
Above 6,000,000 JMD
Employer Taxes
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Mexico
China
South Korea
Jamaica
South Africa
Georgia
Macedonia
43.72%
40.92%
34.84%
12.5%
2%
2%
0%
Employee taxes
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Romania
Macedonia
Netherlands
Jamaica
Belarus
Ukraine
Cambodia
35%
28%
27.65%
7.25%
1%
0.6%
0%

Minimum Wage

General

The weekly minimum wage in Jamaica is 7,000 JMD or 30,310.00 JMD per month.  

This minimum wage was set in 2018 and is reviewed every three years. 

Minimum wage (per month)
$4000
$2663
$2518
$189.44
$36.80
$17.24
$2.33
Geneva
Luxembourg
Australia
Jamaica
Angola
Tanzania
Venezuela
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

Salaries are paid on either a monthly or semi-monthly basis.

13th Salary

There is no statutory requirement for a 13th-month salary in Jamacia. 

Working Hours

General

Full-time employment is considered 40 hours weekly and is generally 8 hours per day.  

Seven days a week, including Sunday, are now considered working days in Jamacia, with work shifts up to 12 hours in 24 hours. 

Overtime

Overtime is defined as work exceeding 40 weekly hours, work on a rest day, or work on a holiday.   

Overtime pay is 200.00% of the normal pay for each additional hour worked or whatever contractual agreement the employee and employer have agreed upon.   

Leave

Paid Time Off

Employees are granted two weeks of paid leave per year. Three weeks of paid leave is given to employees with over ten years of continuous service.  

Vacation days
Public holidays
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Spain
Brazil
Tanzania
Jamaica
Michigan
China
Federal
30
14
44
30
13
43
28
15
43
9
10
19
2
11
13
5
7
12
10
10
Public Holidays

There are 10 public holidays in Jamaica.

Sick Days

Employees are granted two weeks of paid leave per year. Three weeks of paid leave is given to employees with over ten years of continuous service.  

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave once one year of service has been completed.   

The maternity pay is paid for a period of eight weeks at the regular salary rate.

PAID MATERNITY LEAVE (DAYS)
413
410
365
84
40
30
0
Norway
Bulgaria
Serbia
Jamaica
Malawi
Tunisia
Federal
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Paternity Leave

There is no Statutory Requirement for Paternity Leave in Jamacia.

Parental Leave

There is no Statutory Requirement for Parental Leave in Jamacia. 

Other Leave

There is no other Statutory leave in Jamacia. 

Termination

Termination Process

Employers can terminate a fix term contract by giving the following reasons – business, personal, or worker’s misconduct. It requires notice and a written explanation for the termination. If the reason is misconduct, a warning needs to be given, and the employee gets a chance to explain actions.   

Notice Period

The minimum amount of working notice or termination pay in lieu of notice required under Section 63 is determined by the length of employment as follows:  

  • Up to 5 years of employment entitles workers to 2 weeks’ notice. 
  • 5-10 years of service entitles workers to four weeks’ notice. 
  • 10-15 years of service entitles workers to 6 weeks’ notice. 
  • 15-20 years of service workers to 8 weeks’ notice. 
  • 20 + years of service workers to 12 weeks’ notice.
Severance Pay

Severance pay is only required for cases of redundancy.  

Severance pay for redundancy is calculated at two weeks’ pay per year for the first ten years of service and, after that, increasing to three weeks´ pay per year. 

Probation Period

There is no statutory requirement for a probationary period in Jamacia. However, collective agreements generally stipulate a 3 to 6-month probation period.

VISA

VISA

Persons seeking to obtain a work permit are required to apply to the Work Permit Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) through their prospective employer, contractor, or legal representative. 

Employers submitting work permit applications on behalf of prospective employees are required to submit a cover letter to the Permanent Secretary of the MLSS, outlining: 

  1. The reasons for the application 
  2. The duration of the work being undertaken 
  3. Any efforts to recruit local persons to carry out the work stipulated 

 Applications for work permits on behalf of self-employed persons must also be submitted with a cover letter outlining 

  1. The nature and duration of the work stipulated 
  2. Certified copies of the credentials of the applicant 
  3. Two (2) passport photographs 
  4. The individual’s resume 
  5. The individual’s police record  

A non-refundable processing fee of 14,400 JMD must be submitted with the application. If the MLSS approves the grant, the applicant must pay a work permit fee before the permit can be issued. 

Duration of Permit Work Permit Fee (JMD) 

Up to 3 months 27,000 JMD 

3 – 6 months    54,000 JMD 

6 – 9 months    81,000 JMD 

9 – 12 months    108,000 JMD  

The turnaround time for the approval of a work permit is approximately 4 – 6 weeks. 

VAT

General

The standard rate of GCT in Jamacia is 15.00% 

Version History

April 1, 2020
National Insurance Scheme (NIS) increased from 2.75% to 3.00%

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    Shane
    Shane
    9 months ago

    Do you get paid for unused vacation days if u resign?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    9 months ago
    Reply to  Shane

    Hi Shane, thank you for your question. This is correct, upon termination, unused vacation days should be paid out.

    Naji
    Naji
    3 months ago
    Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

    Good Morning, How is this calculated?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    3 months ago
    Reply to  Naji

    Hi, this is calculated based on the daily pay rate multiplied by the number of unused vacation days.

    Naji
    Naji
    3 months ago
    Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

    Thank you. Is this overall of within the current year? Like I’ve worked with a company 1 yr and 6 months bit never taken my vacation days..

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    3 months ago
    Reply to  Naji

    This would depend on your company’s policy on rollover vacation days from the previous year. I would suggest reaching out to your HR team to find out how many days of paid leave you have acrued.

    shanquille
    shanquille
    8 months ago

    how long do you have to be working to be granted sick days pay?

    Erez Greenberg
    Admin
    8 months ago
    Reply to  shanquille

    Hi Shanquille, new employees are eligible for sick leave after 110 days of employment. Hope this helps!

    shanquille
    shanquille
    8 months ago
    Reply to  Erez Greenberg

    THANK YOU

    Nikki
    Nikki
    8 months ago
    Reply to  Erez Greenberg

    Which month if the year does sick leave becomes eligible?
    The first seven days of the year is eligible for sick leave?

    Erez Greenberg
    Admin
    8 months ago
    Reply to  Nikki

    Hi Nikki, eligibility depends on the length of employment and not the month. An employee becomes eligible for sick leave after 110 days of employment.

    Toni-Ann
    Toni-Ann
    8 months ago

    what should I do if I got terminated and I haven’t got paid up

    Erez Greenberg
    Admin
    8 months ago
    Reply to  Toni-Ann

    Hi, There are multiple factors involved, so I suggest visiting the Jamaican Government “Employment (Termination and Redundancy) Act” for guidance specific to your situation. https://moj.gov.jm/sites/default/files/laws/Employment%20%28Termination%2C%20etc.%29%20Act.pdf

    Jody-Ann Slue
    Jody-Ann Slue
    8 months ago

    Should security officers get paid for contract breaks they didn’t get when they resign

    Alex Margolin
    Admin
    7 months ago
    Reply to  Jody-Ann Slue

    Thank you for your question. The best way to approach this matter is by contacting a contract lawyer to examine the specific details of the contract. Circumstances may vary on a case-by-case basis.

    Tahnee prince
    Tahnee prince
    7 months ago

    If your working for 3 years are u eligible for sick leave?

    Erez Greenberg
    Admin
    7 months ago
    Reply to  Tahnee prince

    Yes, you become eligible for sick leave after 110 days of employment.

    James
    James
    7 months ago

    If I resign my job after being with the company for over 10 years, how will my employer calculate my final pay which should also include my vacation days.

    Alex Margolin
    Admin
    7 months ago
    Reply to  James

    In general, employees earn three weeks of vacation after 10 years of service. If there are unused vacation days earned by the employee, they should be compensated at the regular rate of pay to the employee at the time.

    Tweetchi
    Tweetchi
    7 months ago

    When the year restarts given that you have passed the 110days of employment are you given 10sick days at the start of the year?

    Erez Greenberg
    Admin
    7 months ago
    Reply to  Tweetchi

    If an employee has worked for 110 days, but less than 220 days, they earn 1 day of sick leave for every 22 days worked. Once they have worked for 220 days, they receive their full two weeks of sick leave.

    Shantel
    7 months ago

    I wana know I have been working ina whole sale for 1yr 8 months is it possible for me to get a leave

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    7 months ago
    Reply to  Shantel

    Hi Shantal, thank you for your question. It depends on the number of days you have worked. If you have worked between 110-220 days, you earn 1 day of vacation for every 22 days worked. Once you have worked at least 220 days in a year, you are entitled to the full allotment of vacation leave.

    Phillip.
    Phillip.
    6 months ago

    Is an employer allowed to lower your pay without notice? My pay structure got lower and I’m just finding out a month later.

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Phillip.

    Hi Phillip, thank you for your question. In general, this usually needs to be mutually agreed upon between you and your employer, however, there are other factors involved as well.

    Andrew
    Andrew
    6 months ago

    Hello…If i work seven consecutive days or more should i get double from the seventh day onwards?

    Erez Greenberg
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Andrew

    Jamaica has flexi-work so it depends on your arrangement with your employer. Also, overtime pay is determined by the number of hours worked in a week and not the number of days, so overtime is only paid if you have worked more than 40 hours in a week.

    Rupert Daley
    Rupert Daley
    6 months ago

    Just so I understand clearly, After an employee has work for 110 days in the first instance, will he/she be entitled to the full 10 days sick leave right away? or the employee will need to earn on a pro-rated basis there-on in? There is some ambiguity here, please clarify.

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Rupert Daley

    Hi Rupert, the law states that after 110 days of employment, a worker is entitled to sick leave with pay for the first 10 days of illness. The law is quite vague in that it doesn’t address how sick leave is accrued other than the aforementioned.

    Rupert Daley
    Rupert Daley
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

    Ok, thanks Emily. You and team are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.

    Shanice Smith
    Shanice Smith
    6 months ago

    Hi,
    Are hourly paid employees entitled to get paid for public holidays if they do not work?

    Erez Greenberg
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Shanice Smith

    In general, an employer is only required to pay hourly employees for the time they actually worked.

    Shanice Smith
    Shanice Smith
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Erez Greenberg

    Thanks much! One last question regarding Salaried persons and public holidays, I recall that once you would have been scheduled to work on the day the holidays falls on then you should be paid for the day, in the event an employee had a let’s say a SL filed for that day but doesn’t have any sick days would they still be paid given that it’s a holiday or no? Hope this isn’t confusing, thanks in advance!

    Erez Greenberg
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Shanice Smith

    If it’s a salaried employee and it’s a non-working public holiday, then it’s irrelevant since they have a set monthly salary. If it’s a working public holiday, then the employee must work — taking sick leave with no sick leave days typically requires a doctor’s note or, it will come out of the employee’s salary. Getting paid for public holidays can also be contract or employer-specific, so it’s best to speak with either HR or a manager.

    Maria
    Maria
    6 months ago

    Hi, what´s the % the employer pays for social security?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Maria

    Hi Maria, in Jamaica, social security is referred to as “National Insurance Scheme” and the employer contribution is 3.00%. Please see the above employer payroll taxes for more information.

    Rupert Daley
    Rupert Daley
    6 months ago

    Does the YTD on a payslip include current earnings for a pay period?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Rupert Daley

    Hi Rupert, YTD on the payslip includes everything for the entire year to current, so it indeed does show your current total earnings for the entire year. The quickest way to check this is to go back and look at all of your payslips and calculate your totals.

    Rupert Daley
    Rupert Daley
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

    Thanks Emily

    nev
    nev
    6 months ago

    am i eligible for paid maternity after 3yrs of fulltime work then agreed partime for less than a year?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  nev

    Hi Nev, you should be entitled to maternity leave if you’ve been continuously employed with the same employer, even if you’ve started working part time.

    Tasha
    Tasha
    6 months ago

    I have been employed for over a year, how many days off am I entitled for?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Tasha

    Hi Tasha, thank you for your question. If you’ve been employed full-time, you are entitled to 2 weeks of paid leave. You can find out more information under the “Leave” section.

    Marsha
    Marsha
    6 months ago

    Thanks for this. A few questions:
    1. What determines whether someone is an hourly employee or weekly one? For example are you an hourly employee not due holiday pay if you work 40 hrs/ week, or are you a weekly employee due holiday pay?
    2. What are the laws around payment for live- In workers who take care of the sick and of children?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Marsha

    Hi Marsha, to answer your first question, whether you are deemed hourly or weekly employee would be something that is determined in your employment contract. Regarding your second question, this is out of the scope of what we can offer information for.

    Melia
    6 months ago

    Hi, I have worked 3 years and i decided to resign in march…..would i be entitled to vacation pay or sick leave?

    Erez Greenberg
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Melia

    Hi, it depends on your written contract regarding time off, but you should be entitled to vacation pay but not necessarily sick leave pay.

    Shantel
    Shantel
    6 months ago

    Hi good day. I have worked at a contact center for the last 2 years and 6 mths. I gave adequate notice before resigning recently, more than two weeks. Just wanted to Know if I’m only to be paid for vacation days I had that were not used. Seeing that I resigned early this year I just wanted an idea of what I’m to be paid.

    Alex Margolin
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Shantel

    Hi. Upon termination of employment, unused vacation days should be compensated. Your contract should stipulate how many days can be carried over from year to year.

    Kay
    Kay
    6 months ago

    Do I have to be working a certain amount of days to get holiday with pay? Can you explain who is a casual/temporary worker?

    Alex Margolin
    Admin
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Kay

    In order to qualify for paid time off, you have to work at least 110 days. If you work between 110 days and 220 days, you receive one vacation day for every 22 days worked. After you work for 220 days, you receive your full allotment of 2 weeks of paid time off.

    A casual worker is one who is not formally employed as a permanent employee by the company but rather hired short-term for a specific task and usually paid by the hour rather than monthly.

    Kay
    Kay
    6 months ago
    Reply to  Alex Margolin

    What if I was on a 6month work programme but was asked to continue working. Would the 110/220 days be in the 6months? Or does it start after the 6months?

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    5 months ago
    Reply to  Kay

    Hi Kay, stepping in for Alex. This would start from the first day of initial employment, not from after the 6 months.

    akeem
    akeem
    5 months ago

    if am fired how much should my company pay me for working 5 years

    Emily Kuhnert
    Admin
    5 months ago
    Reply to  akeem

    Hey Akeem, unless stated otherwise in your contract, you are not entitled to severance pay. The only thing that you are paid out for is your unused vacation days.

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