How to hire remote employees in

Mauritius

So you’ve found some great talent in Mauritius, but a little less sure how you’re supposed to go about hiring them? You’re in the right place. In the next few minutes, you’ll learn how to hire remote talent in Mauritius, quickly, without wading into months and thousands of dollars of legal red tape.

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
Mauritian Rupee
EMPLOYER TAXES
2.5%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
Mauritian Creole, English, French

What to know before you hire in 

Mauritius

Hiring abroad is notoriously difficult: New labor laws, entities, a lot of words you’d rather not hear again. But we’ve got good news—it doesn’t need to be that way. Below, we’ll break down your two main options for hiring in Mauritius (and the one we prefer).

If you want to successfully hire in 

Mauritius

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Mauritius

. 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 

Mauritius

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

Why hire independent contractors in 

Mauritius

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 

Mauritius

.

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 

Mauritius

 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 

Mauritius

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

Mauritius

, 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 

Mauritius

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

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If you want to hire employees in 

Mauritius

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

Taxes in 

Mauritius

Employer tax

Pension contribution

Individual tax

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

An employer must refund the annual leaves that are not taken by an employee if it has been contractually agreed upon by the employer and employee. Employees may receive 20 days annual leave and additional leave of 2 days.

However, they can impose a rule that half of the total number of annual leaves must be taken by an employee.

Public Holidays

There are 13 public holidays.

Sick Days

Employer may send a medical practitioner on their behalf to verify the health status of an employee who is out on sick leave.

The employee may be subjected to disciplinary actions according to the laws. An employee can take up to 15 days of sick leave every year.

These leaves can be accumulated for up to 90 days. If an employee works for an employer consecutively for five years, they can take 30 days of paid vacation leave.

These five years will be counted from the 24th October 2019 which is the date of the commencement of the act.

Maternity Leave

An employee receives a one-time allowance of MUR 3,000 from her employer if she has been working for at least one year at the same company.

A female employee who has worked continuously for one year is entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, of which up to seven weeks can be taken before birth.

Female employees who miscarry are entitled to two weeks of leave immediately after the event. The two weeks are fully paid.

Paternity Leave

Male employees in Mauritius are entitled five continuous days of unpaid maternity leave after 12 months of service.

Paternity leave must be taken within two weeks from the date of the birth.

Parental Leave

There are no statutory provisions for parental leave.

Other Leave

No Info.

Marriage Leave

In Mauritius, employees may receive 6 days paid leave.

Bereavement Leave

Employees in Mauritius receive 3 days paid leave in the event of the of parents, sibling, spouse, or child.

Termination

Termination Process

Termination of the contract has been terminated by the employer when:

  • The employer fails to pay monthly remuneration as promised
  • The employer treats the employee in a bad manner
  • The employer forces the employee to sign a resignation letter

Notice Period

Notice period in Mauritius can be made only when the following:

  • The employee has received a minimum of seven days’ notice to answer the allegations made on them
  • The employer has exhausted every possible option other than termination of the employee
  • Within 10 days of learning about an employee’s alleged misconduct, the employer has informed the employee about it
  • The employee has been given seven days’ notice to answer the allegations made on them
  • The employer has tried every other course of action possible

Severance Pay

In Mali, employees with less than 12 months of service are not entitled to severance pay, severance allowance is calculated as follows:

  • The equivalent of three months’ remuneration for every period of 12 months of continuous employment;
  • For any additional period of less than 12 months, a sum equal to one-twelfth of the sum calculated in the point above, multiplied by the number of months during which the employee has been in employment.

Probation Period

Probation period is 1 to 3 months.

Employee requirements in 

Mauritius

Working Hours

The standard working hours in Mauritius is 45 hours a week and 9 hours a day for five days a week.

Overtime

In Mauritius, any hour beyond 45 hours per week is counted as overtime

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