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Tourism And Hospitality, It Services And Software Development, Healthcare:

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Employees in Jamaica

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.


Key Considerations Before Hiring In Jamaica

Employing in Jamaica 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 Jamaica with our Employer of Record solution, ensuring streamlined, compliant business expansion with no entity.

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

Good To Know

Employers find hiring in Jamaica advantageous due to the availability of skilled workers seeking competitive global wages while staying in their home country, despite its economic challenges.

Jamaica's location within the Eastern Standard Time (EST) or Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) zone (UTC-5/-4) facilitates real-time collaboration with North American companies, enhancing operational efficiency.

The country's stunning natural beauty, vibrant nightlife, and pristine Caribbean coastline attract over one million tourists annually, offering an appealing environment for both employees and visitors.

Additionally, Jamaica's thriving Creative and Tourism Industry makes it a prime destination for hiring diverse talent, particularly in hospitality services.


Fundamental Aspects of Employment in Jamaica

Jamaica's Constitution and the Employment Act of 1975 establish employee protections and workers’ rights, covering contract details such as:

  • Minimum wage
  • Overtime rates
  • Guaranteed paid time off

Probationary Period in Jamaica

In Jamaica, there is no mandatory probation period by law, but collective agreements often establish probation periods of 3 to 6 months.

Working hours in Jamaica

Full-time employment in Jamaica is typically 40 hours per week, equating to eight hours per day. The workweek now includes all seven days, including Sunday, with shifts extending up to 12 hours within a 24-hour period.

Overtime in Jamaica

Overtime in Jamaica refers to work beyond 40 hours a week, on rest days, or holidays. Beyond 40 hours, employees are compensated at 150% of their salary, while work on Sundays and public holidays is paid at 200%.

Navigating Key Aspects of Payroll in Jamaica

Jamaica 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 Jamaica

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

Payroll Cycle in Jamaica

The payroll cycle in Jamaica is usually monthly, with employees being paid by the end of the month.
325 JMD p/h

Minimum Wage in Jamaica

The minimum wage for employees in Jamaica is typically 325 JMD per hour, amounting to ~52,000 JMD per month for a typical 40 hour work week.

Minimum wages and salaries in Jamaica

The minimum wage in Jamaica is 325 JMD an hour.

Bonus Payments in Jamaica

In Jamaica, there is no legal requirement for employers to provide 13th-month salary payments.

Comprehensive Overview of Employment Taxes in Jamaica

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

Employer Tax Contributions

Employer payroll contributions are generally estimated at an additional 12.50% on top of the employee salary in Jamaica.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Employee Payroll Tax Contributions

In Jamaica, the typical estimation for employee payroll contributions cost is around 7.25%.

Tax Rate Tax Type

Individual Payroll Tax Contributions

In Jamaica, income tax follows a progressive rate structure, ranging from 0% to 30%.

Tax Rate Income Bracket

Pension in Jamaica

In Jamaica, while there are no mandatory pension contributions, individuals often opt to contribute to private pension plans or retirement savings schemes voluntarily. These plans are typically offered by employers or financial institutions and allow individuals to save for retirement.

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 Jamaica tailored to your needs.

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Understanding the Protocols for Termination of Employment in Jamaica

When it comes to terminating employment in Jamaica, 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

In Jamaica, employees can be terminated at will, but employers are obligated to provide written notice beforehand. Reasons for termination may include:

  • Business-related
  • Personal reasons
  • Misconduct

Notice Period

Jamaican employees are entitled to advance notice before termination, based on their years of service:

  • 2 weeks' notice for up to 5 years of service
  • 4 weeks' notice for 5 to 10 years of service
  • 6 weeks' notice for 10 to 15 years of service
  • 12 weeks' notice for 20 or more years of service.

Severance Pay

Employees in Jamaica receive severance payments exclusively in cases of redundancy. The calculation typically involves two weeks' pay per year for the initial ten years of employment and three weeks' pay for each subsequent year thereafter.

Annual Leave Entitlements and Company Policies in Jamaica

The annual leave entitlement in Jamaica is 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 Jamaica

In Jamaica, there are 10 recognized public holidays.

Holiday Date

Paid Time Off in Jamaica

Maternity Leave in Jamaica

Paternity Leave in Jamaica

Sick Leave in Jamaica

Parental Leave In Jamaica

Jamaica's Benefits Built Into Playroll

Competitive benefits package in Jamaica

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 Jamaica'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 Jamaica

Make your benefits package in Jamaica 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
  • Long-Term/Disability Insurance
  • Workman's Compensation
  • Background Checks
  • IT Equipment Sourcing

Statutory benefits for employment in Jamaica

In Jamaica, employers are not obligated to offer mandatory benefits.

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

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Playroll's Expertise in Facilitating Work Visas for Jamaica

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 Jamaica.

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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