Hire Employees & Contractors


Compliantly hire your distributed team members in


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Hiring in


isn't so simple. Borderless can help.

To hire new employees in


, your business must have a local legal entity or an Employer of Record like Borderless in place already. Then there’s the management of local employment compliance, taxes, benefits, payroll, and more. Hiring contractors poses similar challenges.

Borderless handles all of that for you, so you can focus on getting to work with your new team member in


while staying fully compliant with local laws and compliance.

Primary Language



Barbados dollar (BBD)

Payroll Frequency

Biweekly or Monthly

Public Holidays

13 days

Employer Taxes


Cost of Living Index


Statutory Leave

Employees earn annual leave after one year of employment. Entitlement to leave varies based on length of employment.

Sick Leave

There is no statutory entitlement to uncertified sick days in Barbados and leave granted can depend on an employee’s contract.

Maternity Leave

12 weeks

Important: Risks of misclassification

In many countries like


, the treatment of employees and contractors is different. If you misclassify a new team member, you could be subjected to penalties and fines. Let Borderless get this right for you, so you don’t have to worry.

Payment Information

Minimum Wage

Minimum wage varies by employment sector. 

Overtime Pay

Overtime pay is not mandatory, but it is frequently given to employees in Barbados. Overtime is calculated at 1.5 times an employee’s regular pay.

Additional Pay

There are no mandatory work bonuses in Barbados. 

Payroll Cycle

For all Borderless customers, employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Employer Costs & Taxes

  • 12.75%: National insurance contribution

Employee Costs & Taxes

  • 11.1%: National insurance contribution

Employment Information

Termination Process

When employment is terminated, an employer must provide the employee with a Termination of Services or Lay-off Certificate, as well as sending one to the National Insurance Office within one week of the termination. If the employer does not provide a certificate, they face a penalty of $1000, with an extra $200 added on for each day that they fail to comply with employer requirements. A certificate must be given, no matter how long the employee worked for the company.

Notice period

Two weeks’ notice up to five years. Four weeks’ notice for more than five years’ employment. 

Probation Period

The probation period in Barbados is 3 months.

Severance Details

For the first 10 years an employee works, severance is calculated at a rate of 2.5 weeks’ pay per year of service. From the 11th to 20th year at work, severance is calculated at three weeks’ pay per full year worked.

Benefits of working in a country abroad

Borderless Benefits Packages in


When the world is your competition, it pays to incentivize new hires and existing alike. Borderless benefits packages typically include:

Medical Insurance
Dental Insurance
Vision Insurance
Life Insurance
Retirement Contributions

Learn how to hire quickly and easily in


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