How to hire remote employees in

Jamaica

On this page, you’ll learn how to hire remote talent in Jamaica without running into months or onboarding, legal struggles, and fees. Learn the obligations, risks, and the easiest path to hiring great talent abroad.

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
EMPLOYER TAXES
12.50%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
English

What to know before you hire in 

Jamaica

Jamaica: A gorgeous country with plenty of great remote talent. If you want to hire there, you’ll have to make a choice: Employee, or contractor? Below are the key differences between the two/

If you want to successfully hire in 

Jamaica

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Jamaica

. 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 

Jamaica

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

Why hire independent contractors in 

Jamaica

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 

Jamaica

.

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 

Jamaica

 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 

Jamaica

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

Jamaica

, 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 

Jamaica

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 

Jamaica

If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Jamaica 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 Jamaica.

Taxes in 

Jamaica

Employer tax

National Insurance Scheme (NIS)

National Housing Trust (NHT)

Education Tax

Human Employment & Resources Training (HEART)

Individual tax

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

PTO is calculated by the:

  • Employees are granted 2 weeks of paid leave per year.
  • 3 weeks of paid leave is granted to employees with over 10 years of continuous service.  

Public Holidays

There are 10 public holidays.

Sick Days

The duration of sick leave entitlement provided to workers is dependent on how long they have been employed by their employer:

  • Employees are entitled to 10 days of paid sick leave after 110 days of employment. 

Maternity Leave

Employees receive 56 days of paid maternity leave.

For employees to receive benefits they must have 52 weeks of continuous employment and provide notice to the employer.

Paternity Leave

No Statutory Requirements.

Parental Leave

No Statutory Requirements.

Other Leave

None.

Marriage Leave

None.

Bereavement Leave

None.

Termination

Termination Process

Employers should provide a written statement or notify termination in front of a credible witness.

A notice of termination must also be given.  

Notice Period

The notice period in Jamaica is:

Employers are required to provide notice determined by the length of employment.

  • Up to 5 years of employment entitles workers to 2 weeks’ notice.
  • 5-10 years entitles workers to four weeks’ notice.
  • 10-15 years entitles workers to 6 weeks’ notice.
  • 15-20 years entitles workers to 8 weeks’ notice.
  • 20 + years entitles workers to 12 weeks notice.

Severance Pay

Severance pay is only required for cases of redundancy. Severance for redundancy is 2 weeks’ pay per year for the first 10 years and 3 weeks´ pay per year, from the 10th year onwards.  

Probation Period

There is no requirement for a probationary period, however, collective agreements generally stipulate a 3 to 6-month period.

Employee requirements in 

Jamaica

Working Hours

Full-time employment is considered 40 hours weekly. Hours may be spread over 5 days if the worker chooses.

Overtime

Overtime is defined as work exceeding 40 weekly hours, work on a rest day, or work on a holiday.  

Overtime pay is 150% the normal pay for each additional hour worked, or whatever contractual agreement the employee and employer have agreed upon.  

Double time is paid on Sunday and Public Holidays.

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