How to hire remote employees in

Trinidad & Tobago

Found some great remote talent you’d like to hire in Trinidad & Tobago? It’s a good thing you’re here. On this page, you’ll learn exactly what you need to know before making hires in Trinidad & Tobago: Legal obligations, risks, and the easiest path to hiring great talent overseas.

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What to know before you hire in 

Trinidad & Tobago

So you want to hire in Trinidad & Tobago. That means you’ll have to make a decision: Do you want to hire your new remote talent as employees, or do you want to hire them as contractors? Conventional wisdom might say employees, but hiring abroad is hardly conventional—below, we’ll cover what you need to know about your options.

If you want to successfully hire in 

Trinidad & Tobago

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Trinidad & Tobago

. 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 

Trinidad & Tobago

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

Why hire independent contractors in 

Trinidad & Tobago

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 

Trinidad & Tobago


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 

Trinidad & Tobago

 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.

Can be less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and can open you up to increased liabilities and regulations. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but laws surrounding contractor classification are often significantly more straightforward.

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 

Trinidad & Tobago


If you’re hiring contractors in 

Trinidad & Tobago

, 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 

Trinidad & Tobago

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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 

Trinidad & Tobago

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

Taxes in 

Trinidad & Tobago

Employer tax


Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

Employees with at least 1 year of continuous service are entitled to 2 weeks of paid vacation.

Public Holidays

There are 13 public holidays. Employees are entitled to paid time off for each of them.

Sick Days

Employees are entitled to 14 days of sick leave.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. During the leave, the employer is responsible for paying the employee 1 month fully and 2 months at half pay.

Paternity Leave

There is no law that provides paternity leave.

Parental Leave

There is no law that provides parental leave.


Termination Process

To terminate an employee, an employer must provide sufficient reasons as well as the proper written notice.

Notice Period

The notice should be presented in writing at least 45 days before termination.

Severance Pay

Severance is not required unless an employee has been made redundant or retired.

In cases where severance is required:

  • More than 1 year but less than 5 – 2 weeks’ pay for each year of service
  • More than 5 years – 3 weeks’ pay for each year of service

Probation Period

The first 3 to 6 months are typically designated probationary periods.

Employee requirements in 

Trinidad & Tobago

Working Hours

A normal workday is 8 hours and a normal workweek is 40 hours.


Overtime as any work in excess of 8 daily hours. For the first 4 hours of overtime, an employee is entitled to 150% of their normal hourly rate. Work performed after the first 4 hours of overtime is entitled to 200% of their normal rate. Any overtime after this is 300% of their normal rate.

Employees who work on public holidays and off days are entitled to be paid 200% of their normal wage.

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