Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for


01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Fijian Dollar
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in


with Rivermate

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


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


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

Fiji, formally the Republic of Fiji, is a South Pacific island nation in Melanesia, part of Oceania. It is located about 1,100 miles northeast of New Zealand. Fiji is made up of an archipelago of over 330 islands (about 110 of which are permanently inhabited) and over 500 islets, covering an area of about 18,300 square kilometers. Ono-i-Lau is the most remote island group. The two main islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, are home to 87% of the total population of 883,483. Around three-quarters of Fijians live on the island of Viti Levu's coasts, either in Suva, the capital, or in smaller towns like Nadi, where tourism is the main industry, or Lautoka, where the sugar cane industry is dominant. Because of its landscape, the interior of Viti Levu is sparsely populated. The majority of Fiji's islands were created by volcanic activity that began about 150 million years ago. On the islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni, some geothermal activity can still be found. Viti Levu's geothermal systems are non-volcanic and have low-temperature surface discharges. Since the second millennium BC, humans have lived in Fiji, first as Austronesians, then as Melanesians, with some Polynesian influences. Fiji was first visited by Europeans in the 17th century. The British founded the Colony of Fiji in 1874, after a brief time when Fiji was an independent kingdom. Fiji was a Crown colony until 1970, when it became an independent country known as the Dominion of Fiji. Following a series of coups d'état, the military government in power proclaimed the country a republic in 1987. Commodore Frank Bainimarama seized power in a 2006 coup. The Fijian High Court ruled in 2009 that the military leadership was unconstitutional. At that time, President Ratu Josefa Iloilo, who had been named interim prime minister by the military, formally abrogated the 1997 Constitution and re-appointed Bainimarama. Ratu Epeli Nailatikau succeeded Iloilo as president later in 2009. After years of delays, a democratic election was held on September 17, 2014. Fiji has one of the most developed economies in the Pacific, thanks to its plentiful timber, mineral, and fish wealth. Bainimarama's FijiFirst party received 59.2% of the vote, and foreign observers found the election credible. The Fijian dollar is the official currency, and the tourism industry, remittances from Fijians employed abroad, bottled water exports, and sugar cane are the key sources of foreign exchange. Fiji's local government, which consists of city and town councils, is supervised by the Ministry of Local Government and Urban Development.

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

Employment can be terminated for a variety of reasons. A contract may come to an end pursuant to a written or agreed-upon termination clause, or both parties may elect to terminate the contract. Additional grounds for termination include workplace misconduct, lawful disobedience, a demonstrable lack of expertise that an employee claimed to possess, frequent neglect of tasks, and repeated unexcused absences.

Notice period

The notice period for terminating the contract is usually defined in the employment contract and is usually one month.

Severance pay

If an employee's contract is terminated between one and twelve months into employment, he or she is entitled to 5/6 of their monthly salary for each month worked. Employees with one year or more of service receive the same severance package, plus compensation for unused vacation days.

Probation period

There is no general legislation regarding probationary periods.

07. Working hours


Fiji's labor laws permit employees to work a maximum of 48 hours per week, excluding overtime.


Within the employment contract, the employer should specify any restrictions on overtime work. If an employee works less than 45 hours per week, he or she must work five days per week.

08. Minimum wage


Fiji's minimum wage is FJ$2.32 per hour.

09. Employee benefits


Fiji has both private and public health care facilities spread throughout the islands. While public institutions provide free care, they lack the resources available to private hospitals. While labor laws do not require health insurance, you can deduct a portion of an employee's wages as a contribution to health insurance if they agree.

Although the country's labor laws do not specify specific benefits or bonuses, you may provide additional compensation as you see fit.

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

Establishing an entity in


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


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


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


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


via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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