Jamaica

Employment

Employment contracts can be either oral or written, but written contracts are recommended.

Payroll

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

HR & Labor

Working Hours: Full time employment is considered 40 hours per week. Employees and their employers can agree on up to 12 hours of work daily. Work exceeding 40 hours is rewarded overtime payment at a rate negotiated between employer and employee.
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Working Age: The minimum age for employment is 15. Until the age of 18, there are restrictions to working hours and certain occupations.

Immigration

In order to work in Jamaice, the employee must have a working visa from the ministry of Labor & Social Security.
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Foreigners can only be hired if the position was already advertised to locals.

Minimum Wage

Minimum wage is J$6,200 per week.

Pension Fund

The employer contributes 5% of employees wages.

Employees are not obligated to contribute, but commonly contribute 5% of their wages.

Sick Days

Employees are entitled to 10 days of paid sick leave yearly.

Severance Payments

Employees of up to 10 years receive two weeks pay for ever year employed, for each additional year beyond 10, three weeks of pay are provided.

Advance Notice

Employees must provide two weeks notice.

Termination Procedure

Employers are required to provide notice determined by the length of employment.
* Up to 5 years of employment entitles employees to two weeks notice.
* 5-10 years is entitled to four weeks notice.
* 10-15 years is entitled to 6 weeks notice.
* Over 15 years is entitled to 8 weeks notice.

Public Holidays

There are 10 public holidays

Vacation Days

Employees of up to 10 years receive 10 vacation days annually. Those employed for more than 10 years receive 15 days annually.

VAT

VAT is 16.5% standard rate.

Payroll Tax

1) National Insurance Scheme: 2.5% (ceiling of $37,500)
2) National Housing Trust: 3%
3) Education Tax: 3.5%
4) Heart 3% (Gross taxable payroll if the employers payroll costs exceeds $173,328 per year)

1) National Insurance Scheme: 2.5% (ceiling of $37,500)
2) National Housing Trust: 2%
3) Education Tax: 2.25%

Social Security

Employers are required to contribute 2.5% of employers wages with max earnings for calculations either J$19,230 a week, or J$1,000,000 a year.

Employees are required to contribute 2.5% of their wages with max earnings for calculations either J$19,230 a week, or J$1,000,000 a year.