Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Virgin Islands (British)

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Virgin Islands (British)

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

United States Dollar
Road Town
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

Virgin Islands (British)

with Rivermate

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

Virgin Islands (British)

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

Virgin Islands (British)

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 Virgin Islands, or Virgin Islands, are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico and the United States. Virgin Islands and Anguilla to the north. The islands are part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are found in the Lesser Antilles' Leeward Islands, which are part of the West Indies. The major islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, as well as more than 50 smaller islands and cays, make up the British Virgin Islands. A total of 16 of the islands are populated. Road Town, the capital, is located on Tortola, the largest island, which is approximately 20 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide. At the 2010 Census, the islands had a population of 28,054, with 23,491 residents on Tortola; new estimates place the population at 35,802. British Virgin Islanders are British Overseas Territories citizens who have been British citizens since 2002.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees are entitled to between 12 and 20 days of annual leave every year, depending on their length of employment.

Public holidays

The following holidays are observed in the Virgin Islands (UK)New Year’s DayHamilton Lavity Stoutt’s BirthdayCommonwealth DayGood FridayEaster MondaySovereign’s BirthdayWhit MondayTerritory DayFestival MondayFestival TuesdayFestival WednesdaySt. Ursula’s DayChristmas DayBoxing Day

Sick days

After four months of work, employees are entitled to a statutory 12 days of paid sick leave. An employee must tell his or her employer and produce a medical certificate on the first day of his or her absence. While on leave, eligible employees get social security payments.

Maternity leave

After 12 months of continuous employment, female employees are eligible to 13 weeks of paid maternity leave. The leave must be taken within six weeks after the baby's birth and can be prolonged up to three months if a pregnancy-related sickness occurs. While on maternity leave, eligible employees get a stipend from social security.

Paternity leave

Although there is no paid paternity leave, male employees can take a month off without pay.

Parental leave

Apart from the already mentioned terms regarding maternity and paternity leave, there are no other provisions in the law of the UK Virgin Islands regarding parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Employers may terminate an employee's employment contract by giving the employee written notice. Special regulations apply in the case of collective dismissals or if the employee is a union member.

Notice period

The notice period begins at the pay interval and years of service and increases to two months based on the length of service of the employee. No notice is required, however, if the employee is being terminated for misconduct.

Severance pay

Severance pay shall be three-quarters of a day's pay, or nine days' pay per year for each month of the employee's employment period. The pay rate is determined by the employee's base salary.

Probation period

There are no provisions in the labor laws specifically tailored to probationary periods in the British Virgin Islands.

07. Working hours


The standard workweek is 40 hours, divided into five eight-hour days.


Overtime is restricted to a maximum of four hours per day. Employees are entitled to overtime pay. Generally, compensation is set at 150 percent of the employee's regular wage.

08. Minimum wage


The minimum wage in the British Virgin Islands is $6 per hour.

09. Employee benefits


It is strongly advised to get private health insurance.

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

Virgin Islands (British)

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

Virgin Islands (British)

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

Virgin Islands (British)

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

Virgin Islands (British)

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

Virgin Islands (British)

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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