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



Jamaican dollar ($, JMD)

Payroll Frequency


Public Holidays

10 days

Employer Taxes


Cost of Living Index

53.16 (2020)

Statutory Leave

2 weeks annually

Sick Leave

2 weeks annually

Maternity Leave

12 weeks after one year employment

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

JMD 9000 per week.

Overtime Pay

Hours exceeding 40 hours per week or working on a holiday/day off is considered overtime and needs to be paid at 200% pay rate.

Additional Pay

There is no additional pay detail for Jamaica.

Payroll Cycle

For all Borderless customers, payments will be made in monthly instalments by last business day of the month.

Employer Costs & Taxes

  • 3%: National Insurance Scheme (NIS) (on maximum remuneration of 5 million JMD per year)
  • 3%: National Housing Trust (NHT)
  • 3.5%: Education Tax
  • 3%: Human Employment and Resource Training (HEART)

Employee Costs & Taxes

  • 3%: National Insurance Scheme (NIS) (on maximum remuneration of 5 million JMD per year)
  • 2%: National Housing Trust (NHT)
  • 2.25%: Education Tax

Employment Information

Termination Process

Employers must provide notice and a written justification for termination with just cause.

Notice period

The notice period varies by length of employment:

  • 2 weeks for up to 5 years of employment
  • 4 weeks for 5-10 years of employment
  • 6 weeks for 10-15 years of employment
  • 8 weeks for 15-20 years of employment
  • 12 weeks for 20+ years of employment

Probation Period

Probation is not required in Jamaica.

Severance Details

Severance is only required for termination that is deemed redundant.

  • 2 weeks pay per year for the first 10 years of employment
  • 3 weeks pay for every year following
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


Book your demo of Borderless to help you hire, pay, and take care of new employees and contractors in 170+ countries.

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