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

Mayotte, officially known as the Department of Mayotte, is a French overseas department/region and single territorial collectivity. It is made up of two major islands, Grande-Terre and Petite-Terre, as well as numerous islets that surround them. Mayotte is part of the Comoros archipelago, which is situated in the northern Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean, between northwestern Madagascar and northeastern Mozambique, off the coast of Southeast Africa. Mayotte is more affluent than the other Mozambique Channel countries, making it a popular destination for illegal immigrants. Mayotte has a land area of 374 square kilometers and, according to official figures from January 2021, has a population density of 773 people per square kilometer. Mamoudzou, the largest city and prefecture on Grande-Terre, is the capital. On the neighboring island of Petite-Terre, the Dzaoudzi–Pamandzi International Airport is located. Maore, the native name of the territory's main island, is also used by supporters of its inclusion in the Union of the Comoros. Mayotte is one of France's four overseas departments, and like the other four, it is one of the country's 18 regions, as well as a completely incorporated part of the republic with the same status as Metropolitan France. Mayotte is a European Union outpost and, as a French overseas department, a member of the eurozone. Despite Mayotte's status as a French department, the majority of the population does not speak French as a first language, despite the fact that a majority of people aged 14 and up say they can speak French in the census. Shimaore, a Sabaki language closely similar to the varieties spoken in the neighboring Comoros Islands, is the predominant language. Kibushi, a Malagasy language, is the second most widely spoken native language, with two varieties: Kibushi Kisakalava, which is most closely related to the Sakalava dialect of Malagasy, and Kibushi Kiantalaotra. Shimaore has inspired both of them. Muslim people make up the vast majority of the population. The island was settled by people from neighboring East Africa, who were later joined by Arabs who brought Islam with them. In the year 1500, a sultanate was founded. Mayotte was captured by Andriantsoly, the former king of Iboina on Madagascar, in the 19th century, and later by the neighboring islands Mohéli and Anjouan until being purchased by France in 1841. In the 1974 Comoros independence referendum, the citizens of Mayotte voted to remain politically part of France. Following an overwhelming vote in favor of the department status in a 2009 referendum, Mayotte became an overseas department on 31 March 2011 and an outermost area of the European Union on 1 January 2014. The new department is dealing with a slew of issues and obstacles.

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


The minimum monthly salary in Mayotte is 650 EUR.

09. Employee benefits


A probationary term, pay on yearly vacations, public holidays, sick leaves, maternity leave, paternity leave, and overtime pay are all mandated by law. Social security payments are sometimes included in statutory benefits.

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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