Hire in Jamaica

Jamaica PEO &

Employer of Record

Hire & manage teams remotely in Jamaica without a local entity. We handle HR compliance, payroll & taxes so you can focus on your business.

Business Language

English

Salary Currency

Jamaican dollar (JMD)

Capital city

Kingston

Time zone

UTC -5

EOR in Jamaica

Hire Employees in Jamaica

NNRoad provides professional employment organization (PEO) & employer of record (EOR) services in Jamaica to ensure that your business complies with local labor laws and regulations. We process monthly payroll and act as the Employer of Record, taking on all local employer liabilities.

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Foreigner Visas

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Platform

Access your payroll reports on our portal.

Employer of Record in Jamaica

Employer of Record (EOR) services are for companies who do not have a legal entity in Jamaica, but who want to hire localy. Employment and full liability are outsourced to NNRoad.

1. Candidate Selection

Select the candidates you want to hire in Jamaica.

2. Employee Onboarding

We sign a local labor contract with your employees based in Jamaica.

3. Compliance & Payroll

We manage monthly payroll, mandatory benefits & all HR compliance in Jamaica.

EOR service includes:

Hiring and termination of employees/local labor contracts (contract administration – engagement, extension termination and conversion to permanent hire).

All mandatory employer (and employee) contributions filed and paid for your EOR employees.

Payroll recording, reporting and administration.

Distribution of salaries to employees through direct deposit into their bank accounts.

Calculation, reporting, filing and processing of EOR employee’s individual income tax due.

Collecting and processing your employee’s invoices for business related expenses.

Guiding and organizing your expat employee’s work visa application too guarantee their successful onboarding.

Standalone Payroll & PEO in Jamaica

Professional Employment Organization (PEO) services are for companies who have a legal entity in Jamaica, and want to outsource their payroll. Employment liabilities are shared between your organization and NNRoad.

Employee Income Taxes:

Individual income tax rates in Jamaica are based on progressive tax brackets.

In Jamaica, the income tax system for employees is administrative, meaning employers are responsible for withholding and declaring income tax on behalf of their employees. This payroll deduction system simplifies the process for employees, ensuring compliance with tax obligations without requiring them to file these taxes themselves.

Tax Brackets:

Sample Calculation

Employer Contribution

Employers in Jamaica are required to contribute to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and the National Housing Trust (NHT):

  • National Insurance Scheme: 3% of the employee’s earnings.
  • National Housing Trust: 3% of gross earnings.

    Employee Contribution

    Employees also make contributions to the NIS and NHT:

  • National Insurance Scheme: 2.5% of their earnings.
  • National Housing Trust: 2% of their gross earnings.

    Social Security

    Social security in Jamaica is primarily provided through the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), which covers pensions, employment injury benefits, maternity allowances, and more. Both employers and employees contribute to this fund to secure these benefits.

  • Pension Fund

    Pension contributions are made to the National Insurance Scheme by both employers and employees, ensuring retirement benefits for the workforce.

    Healthcare Insurance

    While Jamaica does not have a mandatory healthcare insurance scheme tied to employment, some employers offer private health insurance as part of their benefits package.

    Working Hours Per Week

    The standard work week in Jamaica is 40 hours, typically spread over five days, Monday to Friday. Working beyond these hours requires adherence to specific regulations concerning overtime.

    Overtime

    Overtime compensation in Jamaica is governed by the Factories Act, which stipulates that any work done beyond the standard 40 hours per week should be paid at one and a half times the normal rate.

    Grounds for legal termination in Jamaica include misconduct, lack of capability, redundancy, or breach of contract. Jamaican Employment Laws. Common legal reasons for dismissal include continuous absenteeism, dishonesty, and performance issues.

    Severance

    In cases of redundancy, the standard severance payment in Jamaica is two weeks’ wages for each year of service for the first ten years and three weeks’ wages for each additional year of service.

    Notice Period

    The notice period required in Jamaica varies by the length of service:

  • Up to five years of service: two weeks’ notice.
  • Over five years of service: four weeks’ notice.
  • For quitting employees, the notice period is typically two weeks.
  • Employment Contract

    Labor contracts in Jamaica must specify job description, compensation, benefits, working hours, and termination conditions. They must also state the duration of the probation period if applicable.

    Probation Period

    The maximum legal probation period in Jamaica is generally six months, allowing both the employer and the employee to evaluate the employment relationship.

    Annual Leave

    Employees in Jamaica are entitled to a minimum of 10 working days of paid annual leave after one year of continuous service.

    Sick Leave

    Sick leave entitlement is typically 10 working days per year, paid after the first two days of illness which are unpaid.

    Maternity Leave

    Female employees are entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave, with the first 8 weeks typically paid if they have paid into the National Insurance Scheme.

    Paternity Leave

    Paternity leave in Jamaica is not mandated by law but may be offered at the discretion of the employer.

    Public Holidays

  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • February Ash Wednesday
  • March/April Good Friday
  • March/April Easter Monday
  • May 23: Labour Day
  • August 1: Emancipation Day
  • August 6: Independence Day
  • October National Heroes Day
    December 25: Christmas Day
    December 26: Boxing Day

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