How to hire remote employees in

Antigua & Barbuda

You may know Antigua & Barbuda as a vacation destination, and for good reason. But it’s also home to great remote talent. If you want to bring someone from Antigua & Barbuda onto your team, you’ll want to scroll down this page: We’ll teach you exactly what you need to know about legal obligations, risks, plus the easiest way to hire someone from the islands.

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
East Caribbean dollar
EMPLOYER TAXES
8%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
English

What to know before you hire in 

Antigua & Barbuda

Hiring outside of your home country means access to more talent—but it also means new regulations, labor laws, and systems. If you don’t do things right, you’ll be putting your company at the risk of fines and lost talent. So we’re here to save you from those headaches.

If you want to successfully hire in 

Antigua & Barbuda

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Antigua & Barbuda

. Onboarding talent takes days, not weeks or months. Both you, the company, and your talent have more flexibility. And in many cases, since you’re remote, the talent you’re hiring is better classified as a contractor, anyway. Of course, it’s not possible in every case, but it’s what we built Panther for.

Hire talent as employees

This is the long route. You can either establish a physical presence with an entity and register as an employer, or you can use an Employer-of-Record (EOR) solution. Odds are, you’ll find using an EOR to be the easier route. Still, using an EOR in 

Antigua & Barbuda

 is expensive—it can often be $500 per month per employee—and sometimes prone to lengthy onboarding times.

Why hire independent contractors in 

Antigua & Barbuda

Hiring contractors is normally the easier, faster, more flexible choice—but don’t just take it from us. Below are the specific benefits and drawbacks to hiring contractors in 

Antigua & Barbuda

.

It’s the fastest way to hire globally

Hiring employees takes months, at the minimum. When you hire with Panther’s locally-generated contracts, it’s a matter of days or weeks. This means you can hire the best talent, fast, without losing them to a hellish procession of paperwork.

It’s a lot cheaper

It costs just $0 to sign up for Panther, then $49 per month to hire your contractors with Panther. If you hired employees manually (or did contracting on your own), you’d likely be on the hook for thousands of dollars each month. Setting up an entity alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It’s more flexible for you & your team

Hiring contractors in 

Antigua & Barbuda

 means you’re generally not on the hook for things like health insurance and paid time off. This makes hiring flexible for you, and it gives your talent more options.

It’s less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and generally puts you at a bigger risk for legal fees. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but even then, misclassification penalties are often minimal and just require you to pay off any compensation that the person would have been owed as an employee.

Some people want to be employees

The contractor life isn’t for everyone—some people want the security that being an employee often appears to provide. Though it’s rare, this does happen, and it’s one disadvantage of manage an all-contractor team.

You might not have as much control over your talent

Most countries’ contractor-employer relationship laws stipulate that the employer can’t set fixed working hours, among other things. These laws give contractors more freedom over how and when they do their work than an employee would have. In reality, however, most contractors are willing & able to work on the company’s schedule—it’s a matter of setting expectations beforehand.

How can I pay people in 

Antigua & Barbuda

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

Antigua & Barbuda

, you can pay them with Panther in a single click. You won’t need to worry about complicated wire transfers, fees, or currency conversions. We’ll take care of it all. Just make a click and your contractor will get paid in their currency of choice. This is a valuable bonus for talent in countries where the local currency is particularly weak—most people appreciate the ability to receive their payment in stronger currencies.

Hiring and paying your team in 

Antigua & Barbuda

Hire and pay with Panther

Pay everyone with a single click
Get great currency conversion rates
Pay $0 in platform fees
Run payroll in seconds
Let Panther automatically create & store invoices
Let Panther automatically write locally-compliant contracts
Let Panther automatically file local tax documents

Hire and pay without Panther

Pay all your contractors individually
Do all currency conversions yourself
Shoulder the burden of platform fees
Spend hours each month making payments
Manually track & store invoices
Manually write & sign contracts
Manually file relevant tax documents

Let Panther save you from hiring headaches.

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If you want to hire employees in 

Antigua & Barbuda

If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Antigua & Barbuda than employees. Still, there are valid reasons why you might want to hire employees instead. The content below is for you—we’ll cover employer taxes and obligations in Antigua & Barbuda.

Taxes in 

Antigua & Barbuda

Employer tax

Insurable earnings

Individual tax

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Employees receive up to 12 days of paid annual leave. Both the employer and employee must agree on the vacation date and vacations are paid in advance.

Public Holidays

There are 12 public holidays.

Sick Days

According to Section C 17 of the Labour Code states ,each employee, for at least the first twelve days of sick leave taken during any twelve consecutive months, calculated from the date of commencement of employment and any anniversary date thereof, shall be entitled to that basic wage, and the employer shall give him that basic wage, which he would have received had he worked on those days.

Maternity Leave

Maternity allowance is paid for a maximum of 13 weeks, commencing as early as 6 weeks before confinement or as late as the week of confinement.

Paternity Leave

There is no statutory paternity leave.

Parental Leave

The mother, or with her consent the father, is entitled to a total of 158 working days of parental leave, which may be divided into a maximum of two parts, each part lasting a minimum of 12 working days.

Other Leave

No Info.

Marriage Leave

No Info.

Bereavement Leave

Employees who have worked for an employer for a continuous 6 month period (or for an average of 10 hours a week and at least 1 hour per day or 40 hours per month during the last 6 months) are entitled to:
(a) 3 days’ bereavement leave on the death of a spouse or partner, parent or parent-in-law, child, brother or sister, grandparent, or grandchild; and
(b) 1 day’s bereavement leave on the death of any other person, if the employer accepts, having regard to relevant factors, that the employee has suffered a bereavement as a result of the death.

Termination

Termination Process

Employers need just cause to dismiss an employee, which can include employee misconduct, poor performance or economic reasons.

Notice Period

Notice of termination generally is required except for in a limited set of circumstances. The notice period is one month.

Severance Pay

Employees receive one day of severance per month of service after they have 12 months of service.

Probation Period

Probation period is 3 months.

Employee requirements in 

Antigua & Barbuda

Working Hours

The standard workweek is 48 hours or eight hours day over six days.

Overtime

Overtime is typically 150% of the basic wage for the first four hours over normal work hours and double the basic wage for hours over that.

Employees receive at least 24 hours of consecutive rest in a period of seven days in a row.

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