Antigua and Barbuda

Employer of Record in Antigua and Barbuda

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Rivermate's Employer of Record (EOR) solution helps companies hire remote employees in Antigua and Barbuda . We take care of global payroll, taxes, benefits, compliance and HR activities. So you can focus on growing your business. Our Employer of Record (EOR) solution is beneficial to companies that want to hire remote employees in a breeze. On this page you will find employment information for Antigua and Barbuda.

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1. Grow your team in Antigua and Barbuda with Rivermate as your Employer of Record (EOR) / PEO

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in Antigua and Barbuda , particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in Antigua and Barbuda effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global Employer of Record (EOR) solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

2. Summary

Antigua and Barbuda is a sovereign island republic in the Americas' West Indies, located between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two large islands, Antigua and Barbuda, separated by around 40 kilometers (25 miles), as well as smaller islands (including Great Bird, Green, Guiana, Long, Maiden, Prickly Pear, York Islands, and Redonda). The permanent population is estimated to be 97,120 (2019), with Antigua accounting for 97 percent of the total. St. John's is the capital and main port and city of Antigua, whereas Codrington is the largest town in Barbuda. Antigua and Barbuda are located in the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, about around 17°N of the equator.

Christopher Columbus discovered Antigua in 1493 and named it after the Church of Santa Maria La Antigua. Britain colonized Antigua in 1632, and Barbuda in 1678. Antigua and Barbuda joined the West Indies Federation in 1958, after being a component of the Federal Colony of the Leeward Islands since 1871. When the federation was dissolved in 1967, it became one of the West Indies Associated States. Independence from the United Kingdom was given on November 1, 1981, after self-government in its internal affairs. Antigua and Barbuda is a Commonwealth member, and Elizabeth II is the country's monarch and head of state.

Antigua and Barbuda's economy is notably reliant on tourism, which accounts for 80 percent of GDP. Antigua and Barbuda, like other island nations, is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, such as the sea-level rise and increased intensity of extreme weather events like hurricanes, which have direct impacts on the island through coastal erosion, water scarcity, and other challenges. As of 2019, Antigua and Barbuda has a 0% individual income tax rate. The government also has contentious citizenship by investment scheme, with the 23rd most powerful passport in the world as of 2022.

Hiring talented employees in a short span is not an easy task. Partnering with an Employer of Record (EOR) like Rivermate in Antigua and Barbuda is your best option, giving your organization enough time to focus on other aspects of international expansions like project management and inventory management. The EOR takes care of all the compliance and legal issues while helping you speed up hiring using their knowledge of domestic employment practices and virtual onboarding tools. Top EORs also have provisions for the e-signing of documents to enable faster onboarding.

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4. Types of leave

There is no information about the types of leave for this country.

Paid time off

Employees are entitled to up to 12 days of paid vacation each year. Vacations are paid in advance and must be agreed upon by both the company and the employee.

Public holidays

The following public holidays are observed in Antigua & Barbuda:

New Year’s Day

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Labor Day

Whit Monday

Carnival Monday

Carnival Tuesday

Independence Day

V. C. Bird Day

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

Sick days

After the third day of illness, eligible employees get paid sick leave for up to 26 weeks. With a doctor's certificate, sick leave can be extended to 39 weeks. If employees satisfy specific criteria, they may be eligible for a proportion of their compensation while on leave.

Maternity leave

Employees are entitled to six to thirteen weeks of paid maternity leave, as well as a maternity stipend. Maternity leave workers will be paid a proportion of their usual weekly wages. For each kid born, the maternity stipend is a one-time payout.

Paternity leave

There is no statutory paternity leave in Antigua and Barbuda.

Parental leave

Other than the mentioned terms for maternity leave, there are no other provisions in the Antigua and Barbuda law regarding parental leave.

Other leave

5. Employment termination

There is no information about employment information for this country.

Termination process

Notice period

Probation period

Severance pay

6. Working hours

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

General working schedule

Employees should work an average of eight hours per day and 48 hours per week. Employees should not work more than 12 hours per day or 72 hours per week, except in exceptional circumstances. Additionally, employees should receive a minimum of 24 hours of rest every seven days.


Employees who work overtime or on rest days are entitled to compensation equal to at least 150 percent of their regular wage.

An exception of these requirements may be granted if the Minister determines, in consultation with the employer and employee representatives, that additional overtime is necessary due to extenuating circumstances. Extensive overtime may be required in the following circumstances: national emergencies, operations necessary for public safety, intermittent or temporary work, or work to compensate for time lost due to accidents or other unforeseen circumstances.

7. Minimum wage

There is no information about the minimum wage for this country.

Antigua and Barbuda's minimum wage is $8.20 in East Caribbean Dollars, or $3.03 per hour in US dollars. Market standards for roles in your company's field can vary significantly depending on location, industry, and position.

Performance-based bonuses are common but not required.

8. Employee benefits

There is no information about the employee benefits for this country.

Antigua and Barbuda labor regulations require businesses to pay 3.5 percent of each employee's salary to the Medical Benefits Scheme for health care services for workers under the age of 60. The proportion provided by workers over the age of 60, on the other hand, varies from time to time but is usually equal to 3.5 percent. Medical Benefits Scheme Field Officers have the authority to visit any company at any time to check compliance or examine records.

Employers must additionally contribute 8% of their monthly salary to the Social Security program. Employees make up 6% of the total.

There are no legal obligations for companies to give incentives, but firms may include them in their benefits package to attract more applicants.

9. Taxes

There is no information about the taxes for this country.

Corporate tax

Legal entities in Antigua and Barbuda are imposed a corporate tax rate of 25 percent.

Individual income tax

Individuals in Antigua and Barbuda are not imposed an income tax rate.

VAT, GST and sales tax

Antigua and Barbuda imposes a value-added tax (VAT) or goods and sales tax (GST) of 15 percent on all goods and services.

10. VISA and work permits

There is no information about VISA and work permits for this country.

An e-Visa is an electronic document that allows you to enter and travel to Antigua and Barbuda. The e-Visa is an electronic visa that works in the same way as visas issued at Antigua and Barbuda consulates or ports of entry. After entering the necessary information and making payments with a credit or debit card, applicants can obtain their visas electronically (MasterCard or Visa).

The eVisa system will allow applicants to apply for a visa online, and once the visa has been processed, a letter indicating approval or denial will be sent. Passport Control Officers will complete a verification upon arrival in Antigua and Barbuda.

However, it is recommended that you keep a soft copy (tablet PC, smart phone, etc.) or a hard copy in case your system system fails.

As with other visas, respective Immigration officials at the ports of entry reserve the right to refuse entry into Antigua and Barbuda to an e-Visa holder.

11. Employer Of Record service terms

There is no information about the Employer of Record (EoR) service terms for this country.

Employment contracts

The employee’s general duties and responsibilities

The employee’s regular work hours and rest periods

The starting wage and computational method

The employment terms, if fixed

The probationary period, if applicable

The employee’s leave and vacation provisions

Any other obligations the employee must meet

With Rivermate being your Employer of Record (EoR) in Antigua and Barbuda, you do not have to worry about the employment contracts, as we take care of that.

Minimum assignment length

There is no set length for assignments. This is usually indicated in the employment contract for fixed-term employments.

Payment currency

Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$ or XCD)

13.Opening a subsidiary in Antigua and Barbuda

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

How to set up a subsidiary

The subsidiary registration procedure normally takes around 19 days, so it's critical to plan ahead and provide sufficient time to complete all criteria. To begin creating a subsidiary, you'll need the following paperwork and resources:

1. At least EC 3000 to pay the cost of an attorney preparing your paperwork.

2. Documents of incorporation, such as directors' notices, notices of change of address, and articles of incorporation.

3. Your incorporation paperwork will be handled by an attorney or judge of the peace.

Subsidiary laws

To guarantee compliance during the subsidiary setup process, adhere to the following best practices and requirements:

1. Reserve a domain name for your business. You must choose a name and verify its uniqueness with the Intellectual Property and Commerce Office (IPCO). After confirming that no other business has already claimed your business name, you may submit a form to reserve it for three months.

2. Engage the services of an attorney. Obtain an attestation of your company's fitness for business from an attorney or judge of the peace. The paperwork must attest that the proprietor of the business is above the age of 18, of sound mind, and not insolvent. While no other portion of the subsidiary setup procedure requires the involvement of a lawyer, it is usual for businesses to use lawyers to produce their other incorporation forms as well.

3. Incorporate your company. You must register with the IPCO and get a Certificate of Incorporation. Typically, the notary will take care of this need, and the accompanying expenses are included in their charge.

4. Complete an application for a Taxpayer Identification Number. For tax purposes, you must register your company with the Internal Revenue Service.

5. Become a Value Added Tax (VAT) registered business. If your yearly turnover exceeds EC 300,000, you must additionally register with the Internal Revenue Authority for Value Added Tax (VAT) and get an Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax (ABST) identity number.

6. Enroll in medical and Social Security benefits. Registration with the Medical Benefits Scheme and Social Security is your responsibility.

7. To register for the education levy, go here. Employers are required to withhold 6% of each employee's monthly pay for submission to the Inland Revenue Department.

13. Why choose Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO in Antigua and Barbuda

Establishing an entity in Antigua and Barbuda to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in Antigua and Barbuda has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into Antigua and Barbuda 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 (EOR) solutions in Antigua and Barbuda 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 Antigua and Barbuda via our Employer of Record (EOR) / PEO solution.

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