Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

New Caledonia

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

New Caledonia

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

New Caledonia

with Rivermate

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

New Caledonia

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

New Caledonia

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

New Caledonia is a French special collectivity in the southwest Pacific Ocean, south of Vanuatu, some 1,210 kilometers east of Australia and 17,000 kilometers from France's metropolitan area. The main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few small islets make up the archipelago, which is part of the Melanesia subregion. In the Coral Sea, you'll find the Chesterfield Islands. The locals refer to Grande Terre as Le Caillou. New Caledonia is divided into three provinces with a total land area of 18,576 km2. The North and South Provinces are located on the mainland of New Caledonia, while the Loyalty Islands Province is made up of a group of islands off the coast. The population of New Caledonia is made up of a mix of natives, Kanaks, who make up the majority in the North Province and the Loyalty Islands Province, and Europeans, Polynesians, and Southeast Asians, as well as a few people of Pied-Noir and North African descent, who make up the majority in the wealthy South Province. Nouméa is the territory's capital.

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 general minimum wage for agricultural workers in New Caledonia is set at 787 CFP Francs per hour which translates to 133,086 CFP Francs a month. For non-agricultural workers the minimum wage is set at 926 CFP Francs which would translate to 156,568 CFP Francs.

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

New Caledonia

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

New Caledonia

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

New Caledonia

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

New Caledonia

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

New Caledonia

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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