* Playroll continues to analyse immediate opportunities and fulfilled roles by recruitment partners, contractors and employers to identify in-demand jobs.

Capital City
City of Victoria

Hong Kong Dollar (HK$)


HKT (GMT +8)

Employment Cost

0% - 17%

Annual Leave

8 - 14 days

In-demand Specialties*
Software Development, Cybersecurity, And Data Analytics, Financial Analysis, Investment Banking, And Wealth Management, Legal Services, Corporate Law, And Compliance Management

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Hong Kong

Simplify hiring employees in by partnering with Playroll. Our Employer of Record (EOR) handles hiring, onboarding, payroll, taxes, immigration, benefits administration, and compliance. While you maintain control of day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.

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Key Considerations Before Hiring In Hong Kong

Employing in Hong Kong requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits and compliance through their own in-country resources. Grow your team in Hong Kong with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

Playroll allows you to hire employee's in Hong Kong quickly, easily and we even automate tax document collection, benefits, payroll and more.

Good To Know

Hong Kong boasts a highly skilled workforce, particularly in the finance sector, owing to its status as a financial hub.

Employers are mandated to contribute to the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF), ensuring retirement savings for employees.

Its strategic location and global connectivity make it an appealing business center in Asia, fostering international collaborations in a bilingual (English and Chinese) environment.

Hong Kong's time zone (UTC+8) offers a strategic advantage, facilitating convenient scheduling of meetings across diverse global regions during regular working hours.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Hong Kong

Navigating Hong Kong's dynamic business environment with international outlooks and sophisticated regulations is essential when initiating the employment process, which involves adhering to several formalities:

  • Provide a comprehensive offer letter detailing the terms of employment.
  • Specify the date of commencement of employment.
  • Outline the employee's ordinary working days and hours.
  • Clearly define the probationary period within the employment contract.

Probationary Period in Hong Kong

The probation period in Hong Kong for permanent employees is generally set between 1 week to 1 month.

Working hours in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, typical working hours are from 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday, with no legal limitations on maximum working hours for adults. However, individuals aged 15 to 18 working in industrial settings are restricted to an 8-hour workday between 7 am and 7 pm, with a weekly limit of 48 hours.

Overtime in Hong Kong

Overtime regulations in Hong Kong are generally specified by the company's policy, which is usually outlined in either the employment contract or the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a robust and complex payroll and tax system, and as an employer, it pays to understand payroll process basics.

1 April - 31 March

Fiscal Year in Hong Kong

1 April - 31 March is the 12-month accounting period that businesses in Hong Kong use for financial and tax reporting purposes.

Payroll Cycle in Hong Kong

The payroll cycle in Hong Kong is usually monthly, with employees being paid by the last working day of the month..
40 HKD p/h

Minimum Wage in Hong Kong

The minimum wage for employees in Hong Kong is typically 40 HKD per hour, amounting to ~6,400 HKD per month for a typical 40 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Hong Kong

The minimum wage in Hong Kong is 40 HKD an hour.

Bonus Payments in Hong Kong

It is customary to pay a 13th salary before the Chinese Lunar New Year or at the end of the year.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Hong Kong

Understanding the tax obligations for both employers and employees is crucial when operating in Hong Kong's business landscape. This section explains how taxes and statutory fees affect payroll and individual earnings in Hong Kong.

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 0% - 17% on top of the employee salary in Hong Kong.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Hong Kong, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 5%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

Income tax in Hong Kong is 'Pay As You Earn'. The individual income tax ranges from 2% to 17%.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) system serves as the primary pension scheme, requiring both employers and employees to make contributions to retirement funds managed by private trustees.

The tax-related information provided in this guide is intended for general guidance and informational purposes only. Reach out to our dedicated team for insights on remote hiring in Hong Kong tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Hong Kong

When it comes to terminating employment in Hong Kong, understanding the legal obligations regarding severance pay and contributions is essential. Below is a detailed overview of the key considerations for both employers and employees.

Termination Process

The Employment Ordinance in Hong Kong outlines valid termination reasons, including:

  • Employee misconduct
  • Employee's capability or qualifications to perform their job
  • Redundancy

Notice Period

In Hong Kong, notice periods are typically 30 days, although employers can stipulate longer periods in employment contracts. During the probation period, neither the employer nor the worker needs to give notice to terminate.

Severance Pay

Employees with at least two years of continuous service are entitled to statutory severance payment in the event of redundancy.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Hong Kong

The annual leave entitlement in Hong Kong is 8 - 14 days for a full time worker. These can include public holidays on top of that or within those days, which would otherwise be unpaid.

Public Holidays in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has 13 mandatory national public holidays in a year.

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Hong Kong

Maternity Leave in Hong Kong

Paternity Leave in Hong Kong

Sick Leave in Hong Kong

Parental Leave In Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Hong Kong

Playroll is committed to providing tailored, competitive benefits packages that are designed not only to attract but also retain top talent worldwide. Our global team of benefits experts build custom local packages to ensure your employees in Hong Kong's needs are met. Typically our packages contain some or all of the following benefits.

Health Insurance
Pension or 401k
Life and Disability Insurance
Vision Insurance
Dental Insurance
Discounts & Perks

Playroll Supplementary Benefits For Employment In Hong Kong

Make your benefits package in Hong Kong a talent magnet with Playroll's local plans. We offer benefits that are compliant, comprehensive, and flexible — all at competitive rates. Speak with our local territory experts to explore the localized benefits we can offer you, while you scale your team.

  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Workman's Compensation
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Hong Kong

Playroll allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Hong Kong within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard. If you'd like specific information about our benefits packages in Hong Kong create an account or contact our global expansion team, today.

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Hong Kong

At Playroll we're all about empowering employees to work anywhere, making mobility possible for global teams. We sponsor visas and hire the employee for you, so you don’t have to worry about payroll, taxes, and more.

It's important to note, visa support can be complicated. There are many variables that affect whether sponsorship is possible, including one’s nationality, education, marital status, and the immigration policy for the country in question.

Unfortunately, this means we can’t support visas everywhere - with that being said, we handle the entire visa process in-house, and dig into your situation to give you an overview of what to expect if we're able to help with visa sponsorship in Hong Kong.

Playroll Immigration Support

Integrated EOR Platform

Legal and compliance experts are readily available to provide guidance and case-by-case Q&A support.

Accelerated Immigration Timeline

By leveraging dedicated support from in-house legal and compliance experts for case by case questions and more.

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Accelerated Immigration Timeline

Acquiring a visa without an entity has never been easier, leverage Playroll's global coverage to sponsor and hire employees.

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