Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

British Indian Ocean Territory

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

British Indian Ocean Territory

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

British Pound
Diego Garcia
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

British Indian Ocean Territory

with Rivermate

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

British Indian Ocean Territory

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

British Indian Ocean Territory

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

The British Indian Ocean Territory is a British overseas territory located halfway between Tanzania and Indonesia in the Indian Ocean. The territory consists of the Chagos Archipelago's seven atolls, which include over 1,000 individual islands, many of which are very small, covering a total land area of 60 square kilometers. Diego Garcia, the largest and most southerly island, is 27 km2 in size and home to a joint military base of the United Kingdom and the United States. The only people who live there are about 3,000 US and British military forces and related contractors. Between 1968 and 1973, Chagossians were forcibly removed from the Chagos Archipelago. The Chagossians, who numbered about 2,000 citizens at the time, were expelled by the British government to Mauritius and the Seychelles in order for the US to establish a joint military base there. The expelled Chagossians are still attempting to return, claiming that their forced expulsion and dispossession is illegal, but the UK government has repeatedly refused them the right to do so. Chagossians, casual visitors, and the media are not allowed on the islands. The Mauritius government has been trying since the 1980s to reclaim possession of the Chagos Archipelago, which was split from the then British Colony of Mauritius in 1965 to form the British Indian Ocean Territory. The International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion in 2019 recommending that the islands be handed over to Mauritius. Similar conclusions have been made by the United Nations General Assembly and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea since then. The British Indian Ocean Territory, along with Gibraltar, is one of only two British territories where traffic is driven on the right.

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


Salary ranges from 680 USD per month (minimum salary) to 11,900 USD (maximum average salary) per month in British Indian Ocean Territory.

09. Employee benefits


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

Establishing an entity in

British Indian Ocean Territory

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

British Indian Ocean Territory

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

British Indian Ocean Territory

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

British Indian Ocean Territory

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

British Indian Ocean Territory

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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