Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Samoan Tala
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

Samoa is a Polynesian island country made up of two main islands, two smaller inhabited islands, and many smaller uninhabited islands, including the Aleipata Islands, that was known as Western Samoa until 1997. Apia is the capital city. Around 3,500 years ago, the Lapita people found and settled the Samoan Islands. They developed a Samoan language as well as a Samoan culture. Samoa has eleven administrative divisions and is a unitary parliamentary democracy. As a Commonwealth republic, the sovereign state is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. On December 15, 1976, Western Samoa was admitted to the United Nations. The nation was occupied by the German Empire from 1899 to 1915, and then by a joint British and New Zealand colonial government until 1 January 1962, when it gained independence. In July 2017, Tuimalealiifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II became the head of state, owing to the Samoans' seafaring abilities.

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

A continuous contract may be terminated by either party. If either party wishes to terminate the employment contract, they must do so within the notice time specified in the employment contract.

Numerous employers create employment contracts with predetermined durations. However, if you end the contract prior to the agreed-upon date, the same laws apply. Additionally, notice periods are waived for daily hiring, part-time and seasonal employees, and employees terminated without cause.

Notice period

The required notice periods vary according to years of service. There will be no notice period for employees with less than three months of service. The notice period will be one week for employees with three months to one year of service. The notice period will be two weeks for employees with one to four years of service. The notice period will be three weeks for employees with four to seven years of service. The notice period will be four weeks for employees with seven to ten years of service. The notice period will be five weeks for employees with ten to thirteen years of service. The notice period will be six weeks for employees with 13 to 16 years of service. The notice period will be seven weeks for employees with 16 to 19 years of service. The notice period will be eight weeks for employees with more than 19 years of service.

Severance pay

If an employee is terminated immediately, the employer is required to pay severance in the amount of wages the employee would have earned during the notice period. Severance pay also includes reimbursement for unused vacation time.

Probation period

Employees appointed to career service without a time limit shall serve a one-year probationary period beginning on the effective date of such appointment, during which time their employment may be terminated at any time without a hearing.

07. Working hours


Samoan employees must adhere to a 40-hour workweek, with no more than eight hours of work per day. This rule is subject to several exceptions, including employees who work continuous shifts. Workers must, however, receive a minimum of eight hours of rest between shifts. These standard work hours do not apply to employees who have agreed to work on a piece-work basis.


Employees are not permitted to work more than 12 hours a day. Any additional time is considered overtime, and compensation must be at least 150 percent of the employee's regular rate of pay.

08. Minimum wage


The minimum wage in Samoa is set at $3.00 tālā an hour.

09. Employee benefits


Every employer is required to select a private carrier and acquire accident compensation insurance.

You must deduct 5% of each employee's pay and equal that payment to social security. If the employee requests it, you may withhold a greater proportion of their pay to make a larger donation.

Employees may be eligible to receive social security money for old-age pensions, senior citizen benefits, disability pensions, survivor's pensions, and death benefits.

While there are no monetary advantages for workers on sick or maternity leave, they may be eligible for free medical treatment at government health facilities. Various hospital and medical services are included in the senior citizen benefit plan and work injury program.

There are no mandatory perks, but many companies utilize them to motivate employees and reward them for their efforts. You have the option of providing extra advantages at your discretion.

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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