Hong Kong
Hire Employees & Contractors

Hong Kong

Compliantly hire your distributed team members in

Hong Kong

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Hiring in

Hong Kong

isn't so simple. Borderless can help.

To hire new employees in

Hong Kong

, 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

Hong Kong

while staying fully compliant with local laws and compliance.

Primary Language

Cantonese, English


Hong Kong dollar ($, HKD)

Payroll Frequency


Public Holidays

12 days

Employer Taxes


Cost of Living Index

$$$$ (39 of 139 nations)

Statutory Leave

Up to 14 days

Sick Leave

Up to 120 days

Maternity Leave

14 weeks

Important: Risks of misclassification

In many countries like

Hong Kong

, 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

HK 37.5 per hour.

Overtime Pay

Working hours are typically 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. Monday through Friday is the standard workweek.

Overtime pay is not required. Overtime can be agreed upon in an employment agreement between an employer and an employee.

Additional Pay

A father in Hong Kong can take five paid days of paternity leave, starting four weeks before an expected child's birth and ending 14 weeks after delivery.

The five-day paternity leave can be taken all at once or in increments of one day, and is paid at 80% of the employee's average pay.

Payroll Cycle

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

Employer Costs & Taxes

  • Less than $7,100 - relevant income x 5%
  • $7,100 to $30,000 - relevant income x 5%
  • more than $30,000 - $1,500

Employee Costs & Taxes

  • Less than $7,100 - no contribution is required
  • $7,100 to $30,000 - relevant income x 5%
  • more than $30,000 - $1,500
  • On the First $50,000 - 2%
  • $50,000 to $100,000 - 6%
  • $100,000 to $150,000 - 10%
  • $150,000 to 200,000 - 14%
  • $200,000 and above - 17%

Employment Information

Termination Process

An employee may be fired for misconduct, negligence, disobeying reasonable regulations, or otherwise violating the terms of employment.

An employee cannot be fired for being pregnant, taking maternity leave, being injured at work, joining a union, exercising sick leave, or taking time off work to fulfill civil responsibilities such as jury duty, among other things.

Notice period

The employment contract specifies the notice period that an employer must provide before terminating an employee, which should be at least seven days.

If the employment contract does not specify a notice period, an employer must notify an employee at least 30 days before their employment is terminated.

During the probation period, the following notice is required:

  • There is no notice period required during the first month.
  • After the first month, where a contract specifies a required length of notice, the period is as agreed.
  • If a contract does not specify a notice period after the first month, it should not be less than seven days.

After the probationary period for a continuous contract:

  • Where the contract provides for it, the notice period should be no less than seven days.
  • Where the contract does not provide for it, the notice period should be no less than one month.

Probation Period

Probation periods in Hong Kong last anywhere from one to three months and should be clearly defined in the employment contract.

Severance Details

According to the Hong Kong Employment Ordinance, an exiting employee is entitled to a severance package equal to two-thirds of the most recent full month's salary, or HK$ 22,500 multiplied by the number of years of service with the employer.

The following is the calculation for a monthly-paid employee:

  • (previous full month's earnings * 2/3) * number of years of service
  • The total should not exceed two-thirds of $22,500 (i.e. $15,000)
Benefits of working in a country abroad

Borderless Benefits Packages in

Hong Kong

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

Hong Kong

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