Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

East Caribbean Dollar
Ease of doing business
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02. Grow your team in

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

with Rivermate

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

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, more commonly known as Saint Vincent, is a Caribbean island republic. It's in the Lesser Antilles' southeast Windward Islands, which are in the West Indies at the southern end of the Caribbean Sea's eastern boundary, where it enters the Atlantic Ocean. The main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines, a chain of 32 smaller islands, make up its 369 km2 territory. Bequia, Mustique, Union Island, Canouan, Petit Saint Vincent, Palm Island, Mayreau, and Young Island are inhabited, while Tobago Cays, Baliceaux, Battowia, Quatre, Petite Mustique, Savan, and Petit Nevis are uninhabited. Hurricane Alley encompasses the majority of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Saint Lucia is to the north of Saint Vincent, Barbados is to the east, and Grenada is to the south. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a population density of over 300 people per square kilometer, with a total population of 110,211 people. The capital and main port is Kingstown. Saint Vincent is a former British colony that is now a member of CARICOM, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas, and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. The La Soufrière volcano erupted several times in April 2021, with "explosive activities" continuing. 16,000 people had vacated their homes by the 12th of April. Several neighboring islands, the United Kingdom, and organisations such as the United Nations offered assistance and emergency financial help. The World Bank announced the first major long-term funding bid, worth US$20 million, on April 13, 2021.

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

The nation's termination policy is sector-neutral and applies to all types of employment. At any time, an employer may terminate an employee for cause. Good cause includes workplace misconduct, criminal activity, inadequate performance, and a lack of capability or qualifications.

In certain cases, the employer owes no severance pay to the employee. Employers must offer two written warnings before to terminating an employee. If the employee's behavior does not improve within three months, termination will occur.

Notice period

When an employer wishes to terminate a contract for any reason other than good cause, they must provide notice or payment in lieu of notice. Notice periods vary according to the employee's pay schedule.

Notice requirements for weekly employees are as follows: one week for employees with less than one year of service; two weeks for employees with one to three years of service; three weeks for employees with three to six years of service; and four weeks for employees with more than six years of service.

For biweekly employees with less than two years of service, notice is two weeks; three weeks for those with two to six years; and four weeks for those with more than six years. Monthly employees, regardless of the number of years worked, must receive four weeks notice.

Severance pay

Employees are entitled to severance pay if an employer is forced to terminate a contract due to redundancy or illness. Calculation is based on time served.

Probation period

The probation period shall not exceed six months.

07. Working hours


Working hours vary by industry. The Wages Regulations Order of 2003 specifies the terms and conditions of employment for every type of employee, from agricultural workers to shop assistants. Weekly hours vary between 44 and 48, and a typical workday is eight hours, but there are exceptions.

Domestic workers, for example, can work up to 11 hours per day if their employers provide live-in housing. If housing is not provided, they can work up to ten hours per day. Both of these workdays include a two-hour break. Security guards are limited to eight hours per day but can work up to 12 hours per night.


In general, overtime refers to any time spent outside of the scheduled work hours. Employers must compensate employees for overtime at a rate equal to one and a half times their regular rate of pay. Sunday is considered overtime in jobs such as industrial and agricultural labor. These workers must receive 200 percent of their normal pay on Sundays.

08. Minimum wage


The minimum wage rate in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is set by sector. EC$56 per day ($20.74) for agriculture workers (shelter not provided), EC$40 per day ($14.81) for industrial workers and EC$25 per day for domestic workers.

09. Employee benefits


The NIS is a federal program that provides health care assistance. Employers must ensure that their workers are registered with the NIS within seven days of beginning work. There is no need for private health insurance plans.

There are no mandatory incentives or extra perks for workers under Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' labor laws. These provisions may be made available by an employer at their discretion.

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

Establishing an entity in

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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