Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Seychelles Rupee
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

Seychelles, formally the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean along the Somali Sea's eastern coast. It is made up of 115 islands. Victoria, the country's capital and largest city, is located 1,500 kilometers east of mainland Africa. To the south, the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, and the French overseas regions of Mayotte and Réunion are located; to the east, the Maldives and the Chagos Archipelago are located. It has the smallest population of any sovereign African nation, with an estimated population of 98,462. The Seychelles were uninhabited before Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Until the late 18th century, it was a battleground between competing French and British interests. Since declaring independence from the United Kingdom in 1976, it has evolved from a predominantly agricultural society to a market-based, diversified economy with increasingly growing service, public sector, and tourism activities. Nominal GDP increased by nearly 700% and purchasing power parity increased by nearly 1600% between 1976 and 2015. The government has taken measures to promote foreign investment since the late 2010s. Seychelles currently has the highest nominal per capita GDP of any African nation. After Mauritius, it has the second highest Human Development Index of any African country. The World Bank classifies it as one of only two African countries with a high-income economy. Despite its relative prosperity, poverty persists, as the country has one of the highest levels of economic disparity and a markedly unequal income distribution, with the upper and ruling classes controlling a large portion of the country's wealth.Seychellois culture and society are an eclectic blend of French, British, and African traditions, with more recent infusions of Chinese and Indian esotericism. The United Nations, the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, and the Commonwealth of Nations are all members of the government.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

After one year of work, full-time employees are entitled to 24 days of paid annual vacation in addition to public holidays. Employees who have been working for less than a year are entitled to two days of vacation every month. Part-time employees are given prorated leave. The date on which leave can be taken is agreed upon by both the employer and the employee. Employers cannot give money in place of leave, and accrued leave does not carry over to the next year. Any accumulated but unused vacation, on the other hand, is compensated upon departure from service. Employees can also take up to four days of compassionate leave each year.

Public holidays

New Year’s HolidayGood FridayEaster MondayLabour DayCorpus ChristiConstitution DayIndependence DayAssumption DayAll Saint’s DayImmaculate Conception DayChristmas Day

Sick days

Employees are entitled to a total of 21 days of paid sick leave. If necessary, employees are entitled to an extra 30 days of paid sick leave and 60 days of unpaid sick leave.

Maternity leave

Employees who are female are entitled to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. After the delivery, at least 12 weeks of maternity leave must be taken. Female employees are also entitled to an additional four weeks of unpaid leave, which can be utilized before or after the birth of their child. Employees must provide their employers three months' notice of the projected due date.

Paternity leave

Employees who are fathers are entitled to at least ten days of paid paternity leave. Employees must be the father, declare paternity, and take paternity leave within four months of the birth to be eligible for paternity leave. At least eight weeks before the delivery, male employees must notify their employers of their intention to take paternity leave, as well as the particular dates of absence two weeks in advance. If the mother dies during or shortly after childbirth, the father is entitled to an extension of paternity leave equal to the amount of unused maternity leave. Seychelles' social security system pays maternity and paternity payments. Employers cover the gap between the employee's full wage and her social security maternity benefits.

Parental leave

Apart from maternity and paternity leaves, there are no other provisions in the Seychelles law regarding parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Employers may terminate an employment contract with notice following disciplinary proceedings. If it is a major crime, the employee must be informed in writing and given the opportunity to react. Disciplinary action may include immediate firing. The termination must be in writing and delivered to the employee's union representative, if appropriate.

Employers and employees may terminate an employee contract with notice in the following circumstances: during the probationary period if the employee's performance is unsatisfactory; during the training period if the trainee does not successfully complete the training due to a change in employment terms that the employee does not consent to; change in ownership of the business; and casual or part-time employment.

Employers must provide notice of termination to employees on fixed-term contracts as well as those who reach the legal retirement age. At the very least, this notice period must be one month. Acceptable is payment in lieu of notice.

Employees have the right to end their employment contracts without notice if their employer breaches the employment contract, violates labor law, or the employee is laid off. The employee must provide written notice to the employer.

Notice period

A casual worker is entitled to one day's notice; an employee on probation is entitled to seven days' notice; all other workers, except non-Seychelles employees, are entitled to one month's notice; and a non-Seychelles employee is entitled to one month's notice or the notice period specified in the contract.

Severance pay

Employers are responsible for termination compensation and wages, except in instances where an employee is terminated for disciplinary reasons. Additionally, employees are entitled to compensation upon resignation (other than while on suspension or pending disciplinary action) or upon retirement after five years of service.

Probation period

Probationary periods in Seychelles are permitted. The length of which are contingent upon the employment agreement between the employer and the employee.

07. Working hours


The standard workweek is 60 hours and eight hours per day, spread over six days, with a mandatory 24-hour rest period each week.


Overtime hours are limited to 15 per week or 60 per month. If work is performed on a weekday, overtime is paid at 150 percent of the basic rate; if work is performed on a rest day or holiday, overtime is paid at 200 percent of the basic rate. Overtime is paid at 150 percent of the basic rate for shift workers and at 300 percent of the basic rate for work performed on a public holiday.

08. Minimum wage


The minimum wage in Seychelles varies based on the kind of employment. Casual employees are paid SR 30.78 per hour, while all other employees shall be paid at least SR 26.70 per hour.

09. Employee benefits


Although the state provides universal health care to its people, private health insurance is advised.

Mandatory benefits postulated by law include a probationary period, pay on annual leaves, public holidays, sick leaves, maternity leave, paternity leave, and overtime pay. Statutory benefits also include social security 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


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