Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Solomon Islands

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Solomon Islands

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Solomon Islands Dollar
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

Solomon Islands

with Rivermate

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

Solomon Islands

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

Solomon Islands

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

The Solomon Islands are a sovereign state in Oceania, located east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu, with six main islands and over 900 smaller islands. It has a population of 652,858 people and a land area of 28,400 square kilometers. Honiara, the capital, is on the island of Guadalcanal. The country is named after the Solomon Islands archipelago, which is a group of Melanesian islands that includes the North Solomon Islands but excludes outlying islands including the Santa Cruz Islands, Rennell and Bellona. The islands have been inhabited since at least 30,000 to 28,800 BC, with later waves of migrants, especially the Lapita people, mixing and forming the current indigenous Solomon Islander population. The first European to visit them was the Spanish navigator lvaro de Mendaa, who called them the Islas Salomón in 1568. In 1595, Mendaa returned to the Solomons, and in 1606, another Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Pedro Fernandes de Queirós visited the islands. When Captain Gibson R.N. of HMS Curacoa declared the southern Solomon Islands a British protectorate in June 1893, Britain established its area of interest in the archipelago. The Solomon Islands campaign, which included the Battle of Guadalcanal, saw fierce combat between the United States, Commonwealth powers, and the Empire of Japan during World War II. In 1975, the then-British administration changed its name from the British Solomon Islands Protectorate to the Solomon Islands, and the country gained self-government the following year. In 1978, the Solomon Islands gained independence and their name was changed to simply "Solomon Islands." Solomon Islands became a constitutional monarchy after independence. Elizabeth II, the Queen of the Solomon Islands, is portrayed by the Governor-General.

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

At the request of a worker whose contract has expired or been terminated, his employer shall provide him with a certificate detailing his dates of commencement and termination of employment, as well as the nature of the work performed.

Notice period

One month's notice is required. In lieu of notice, a month's wages may be paid.

Severance pay

There are no provisions in the Solomon Islands labor laws mentioning anything about severance payments.

Probation period

The first six months of practical service with an employer under any contract of apprenticeship shall be a probationary period during which either party may terminate the contract; and any agreement to the contrary, whether expressed or implied, shall be null and void without affecting the validity of any other part of the agreement.

07. Working hours



08. Minimum wage


The country's minimum wage is set at SBD$8 per hour across all sectors.

09. Employee benefits


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

Solomon Islands

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

Solomon Islands

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

Solomon Islands

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

Solomon Islands

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

Solomon Islands

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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