Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for


01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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

Guadeloupe is a French archipelago in the Caribbean, as well as an overseas department and territory. Six inhabited islands—Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Désirade, and the two inhabited Îles des Saintes—as well as several uninhabited islands and outcroppings make up this archipelago. It is located south of Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, and Dominica, and north of Antigua and Barbuda. The region's capital city is Basse-Terre, which is situated on the southern west coast of Basse-Terre Island; nevertheless, the most populated city is Les Abymes, and the main business center is neighboring Pointe-à-Pitre, both of which are located on Grande-Terre Island. It is an integral part of France, like the other overseas departments. The euro is its official currency as a member of the European Union and the Eurozone, and any European Union citizen is free to live and work there indefinitely. It is not, however, a member of the Schengen Area since it is an overseas agency. Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin were formerly part of Guadeloupe, but were separated in 2007 after a referendum in 2003. Christopher Columbus, the first European to see Guadeloupe, where he landed in 1493 and gave the island its name, was the first European to see it. French is the official language, but Antillean Creole is still used.

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 levels in Guadeloupe range from 1,060 EUR per month (minimum) to 18,700 EUR per month (maximum) (maximum average salary).

09. Employee benefits


Healthcare is the most important benefit to people. The government's support for healthcare via the social security system is insufficient, particularly for optical and dental care. This is why employees value the additional coverage provided by their employer. When asked to rank three other common benefits in order of importance, the average employee will most likely say Disability, Death, and Retirement.

Employee benefits that are mandatory include old-age pension, elderly solidarity allowance, long-term disability pension, short-term disability pension, spouse's pension, death grant, and workers compensation. Supplemental employee benefits include retirement and death benefits, short-term and long-term disability insurance, medical insurance, workers' compensation, retirement, and career termination indemnities. Parental leave and profit sharing are among the benefits available.

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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