Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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02. Grow your team in

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

with Rivermate

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

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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

South Georgia and the South Sandwich 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 British Overseas Territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is located in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It consists of South Georgia Island and a chain of smaller islands known as the South Sandwich Islands, and is a remote and inhospitable group of islands. South Georgia is the largest island in the territory, measuring 165 kilometers long and 35 kilometers wide. About 700 kilometers southeast of South Georgia are the South Sandwich Islands. The total land area of the territory is 3,903 km2. The closest point to the Falkland Islands is 1,300 kilometers west. The South Sandwich Islands have no permanent native population, and South Georgia has a very small non-permanent population. There are no scheduled passenger flights or ferries to or from the territory, though cruise liners are becoming increasingly common, with thousands of passengers visiting each summer. In 1775, the United Kingdom asserted jurisdiction over South Georgia, and in 1908, the United Kingdom claimed sovereignty over the South Sandwich Islands. The territory of "South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands" was formed in 1985, following its separation from the Falkland Islands Dependencies. In 1927, Argentina claimed South Georgia, and in 1938, it claimed the South Sandwich Islands. From 1976 to 1982, Argentina had a naval station on Thule Island in the South Sandwich Islands called Corbeta Uruguay, which was closed by the Royal Navy. The Argentine claim to South Georgia led to Argentina's brief occupation of the island during the Falklands War in 1982. Argentina maintains its claim to the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia. Toothfish are important to the economy of the islands, so Toothfish Day is observed as a national holiday on September 4th.

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


Somalia does not have a minimum wage policy.

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

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

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

South Georgia and the South Sandwich 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

South Georgia and the South Sandwich 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

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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