Employment contracts can be either written or oral, but it is recomened to have ea signed written contract with your employees.


Salaries are paid either monthly, weekly or daily.

HR & Labor

Working Hours: Full time employment is considered 48 hours weekly, and 8 hours daily. Overtime is paid at 200% on working days and 250% on non-working days.
Minimum Working Age: Employees must be atleast 15 years old, however any employees under 18 must receive authorization from government officials.


To work in Uruguay one must obtain either temporary residence (for a period under one year) and Permanent residence for periods over one year.


Employees are entitled to 13 months salary called Aguinaido. It can be paid in two installments in June and December.

Minimum wage

Minimum wage is 10,000 Uruguan Pesos (Approx. $349 USD) monthly.

Pension fund

Employers must contribute 7.5% of employees wages.

Employees must contribute 15% of their wages.

Severance payments

Employees are entitled to severance payments which includes one months salary for every year employed up to 6 months of salary.

Advance notice

There is no regulation on notice of resignation.

Termination procedure

Employers must provide one days written notice.

Sick Days

There is no regulation on number of sick days, social security covers payment during sick leave.

Public Holidays

There are 5 paid public holidays.

Vacation Days

Employees are entitled to 20 paid vacation days after their first year. For every 5 years employees are entitled to one additional vacation day.


VAT is 22% standard rate.

Social Security

Employers must contribute 3% to national health insurance, 0.125% to the labor re-conversion fund, and between 6.9% - 27.5% to labor risks.

Employees must contribute 5% to national health insurance, and 0.125% to labor the re-conversion fund.