Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Mauritian Rupee
Port Louis
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

Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an Indian Ocean island nation located about 2,000 kilometers east of Madagascar on the African continent's southeast coast. The main island, as well as Rodrigues, Agaléga, and St. Brandon, are all included. The Mascarene Islands are made up of Mauritius and Rodrigues, as well as neighboring Réunion. Port Louis, the capital and largest city of Mauritius, is where the majority of the population lives. The nation covers 2,040 square kilometers and has a 2.3 million square kilometer exclusive economic zone. According to legend, Arab sailors were the first to discover the uninhabited island in 975, and they named it Dina Arobi, but this has not been proven. The islands were first discovered in 1507 by Portuguese sailors who had previously shown no interest in them. The Dutch took control in 1598, and over the next 120 years, they established a series of short-lived settlements before abandoning their efforts in 1710. In 1715, France took possession of the island and renamed it Isle de France. Great Britain captured the island in 1810, and France ceded Mauritius and its dependencies to Britain four years later. Mauritius included Rodrigues, Agaléga, St. Brandon, Tromelin, the Chagos Archipelago, and the Seychelles until 1906 as a British colony. The sovereignty of Tromelin is a point of contention between Mauritius and France because it was not stated in the Treaty of Paris. Until its independence in 1968, Mauritius was predominantly a plantation-based colony of the United Kingdom. The British Indian Ocean Territory was established in 1965, three years before Mauritius gained independence, when the UK separated the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritian territory, as well as the islands of Aldabra, Farquhar, and Desroches from the Seychelles. The local population was forcefully removed, and the United States leased the largest island, Diego Garcia. The United Kingdom has limited access to the Chagos Archipelago, excluding casual visitors, the media, and former residents from visiting. The sovereignty of the Chagos is a point of contention between Mauritius and the United Kingdom. The International Court of Justice released an advisory opinion in February 2019 urging the UK to return the Chagos Islands to Mauritius as soon as possible to complete Mauritius' decolonisation. Mauritius' people are ethnically, culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse, owing to its geographic position and centuries of colonialism. It is the only country in Africa where Hinduism is the most common religion. Mauritius' government is based on the Westminster parliamentary system, and the country is well-known for its democracy and economic and political independence. The Human Development Index places Mauritius as the only African nation in the "very large" group. The nation is listed as a high-income economy by the World Bank.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees get entitled to 20 working days of yearly leave.

Public holidays

New Year’s DayNew Year HolidayThaipoosam CavadeeAbolition of SlaveryChinese New YearMaha ShivaratreeNational DayUgadiLabour DayEid al-FitrAssumption DayGanesh ChaturthiArrival of Indentured LabourersDivaliChristmas Day

Sick days

After 12 months of continuous employment, every employee, excluding part-time employees, is entitled to 15 days of paid sick leave. If the employee has not taken sick leave in the previous year, any unused sick leave is accrued up to a maximum of 90 working days.

Maternity leave

A woman who has worked for one year is entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, of which she can use up to seven weeks before giving birth. To confirm the pregnancy, the employee must get a medical certificate. Within seven days after her delivery, the employee is entitled to MUR 3,000 in maternity leave.Employees who miscarry are entitled to two weeks of paid leave immediately following the miscarriage. The two weeks have been paid in full.Female employees are also entitled to two half-hour breaks or one hour break to nurse their children. The break is permitted for six months after the delivery, or longer if a medical practitioner recommends it.A female employee who has worked for the same company for at least 12 months and adopts a child under the age of 12 months is eligible to 14 weeks of paid leave. A certified copy of the court order as well as a copy of the child's birth certificate must be shown by the employee.

Paternity leave

After 12 months of employment, male employees are entitled to five days of unpaid maternity leave. The employee must present a medical certificate as proof of birth, as well as a written, signed declaration stating that they are living with their spouse (mother). Within two weeks of the baby's birth, paternity leave must be taken.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms for maternity leave, there are no other provisions in the law in Mauritius regarding parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Employment contracts can be terminated with or without cause by either the employer or the employee. The parties to the agreement may terminate it verbally or in writing.

Employers are not permitted to terminate an employment contract based on race, color, national origin, place of birth, age, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, sex, sexual orientation, HIV status, disability, marital status, or family responsibilities.

Employers have the authority to terminate an employee for willful wrongdoing or poor performance. An employee may terminate an employment relationship with an employer if the employer is abusive, the employer fails to pay the remuneration due under the contract, the employer fails to provide work and pay remuneration, or the worker is forced to resign through fraud or duress or is forced to sign a letter of resignation or other written document.

Fixed-term contracts expire at the conclusion of the agreement or at the conclusion of its renewal. Unless the parties agree otherwise, no severance payout is necessary in this scenario.

Notice period

Verbal or written notice of at least 30 days is required for permanent or indefinite-term contracts. In lieu of notice, either party may pay the other party the amount of the employee's remuneration earned during the notice period. During the notice period, the employer must allow the employee reasonable time off without loss of pay to seek additional employment at their request.

Severance pay

When an employer terminates an indefinite term contract without cause or at the employee's request, severance payment is required. This begins with three months' pay for every 12 months of continuous employment.

Probation period

Generally, the probationary or trial period lasts between three and six months. However, this may exceed six months depending on the length of the employment contract if it is a contract for a definite duration and particular field of business activity.

07. Working hours


The standard working week in Mauritius is 45 hours, excluding meal and tea breaks.

Every seven consecutive days, the employee must take a rest day of at least 24 hours. Sundays must be rest days unless the employer's operations require a seven-day workweek. In this case, the rest day must occur on Sundays at least twice a month. Except for caregivers, no employee may work more than 12 hours per day except in exceptional circumstances.

Night work is defined as work performed between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for at least five consecutive hours. Workers on night shifts are entitled to a higher wage. In Mauritius, shift work is also permitted.


Employers and employees can agree on the number of hours worked outside of normal business hours. Wherever possible, employers must provide the employee with 24 hours' notice of the overtime.

On a public holiday, work is compensated at a percentage of the regular rate.

08. Minimum wage


The minimum wage rate for export workers is 9000 Mauritius rupees, while non-export workers earn 9700 rupees. Additionally, workers can receive an additional 1200 rupees per month for export workers and 500 rupees per month for non-export workers.

09. Employee benefits


Mauritius' healthcare system is a hybrid of state and private providers. It is usual to have private health insurance.

Benefits such as a corporate vehicle, a housing allowance, and school expenses are common.

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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