Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

United States Dollar
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global employment solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

03. Summary

Bonaire is a Caribbean island located in the Leeward Antilles. Kralendijk, the island's capital, is located by the ocean on the island's lee side. Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao make up the ABC islands, which are located 80 kilometers off the coast of Venezuela. The ABC islands, unlike most of the Caribbean, are not located in Hurricane Alley. The arid climate of the islands draws tourists looking for warm, sunny weather all year. Because of its numerous shore diving sites and easy access to the island's fringing reefs, Bonaire is a popular snorkeling and scuba diving destination. The population of the island was 20,104 permanent residents on January 1, 2019, up around 1,200 since 2015. The island's total land area is 288 square kilometers, with a length of 38.6 kilometers north to south and a width of 4.8–8 kilometers east to west. Klein Bonaire, an uninhabited islet with a total land area of 6 km2, is located 800 meters west of Bonaire across the sea. Klein Bonaire is surrounded by white sand beaches and a fringing reef, with low-growing plants such as cactus and sparse palm trees near the water. The Bonaire National Marine Park, which is operated by Stichting Nationale Parken Bonaire, protects the reefs, beaches, and on-island reserves on both Bonaire and Klein Bonaire. Bonaire was a member of the Netherlands Antilles until its dissolution in 2010, when it became a special municipality within the Netherlands. It is one of three Caribbean special municipalities, the others being Sint Eustatius and Saba. Bonaire's population is mostly Dutch, with approximately 60% of citizens having been born in the former Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Public holidays

Sick days

Maternity leave

Paternity leave

Parental leave

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Notice period

Severance pay

Probation period

07. Working hours



08. Minimum wage


As of January 2021, the minimum monthly wage for employees aged 21 and over is 1,684.80 EUR. On July 1, 2021, this rate is scheduled to increase to 1,701.00 EUR. However, if the employee is covered by a collective bargaining agreement, the minimum wage rate may change (CBA).

09. Employee benefits


10. Why Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO?

Establishing an entity in

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record solutions in

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in

Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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