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Benefits and Entitlements Overview

Learn about mandatory and optional employee benefits in Chile

Mandatory benefits

In Chile, labor law mandates a comprehensive set of benefits for all employees. These benefits are designed to provide financial security, healthcare access, and time off for rest and relaxation. Employers are responsible for ensuring their employees receive these benefits.

Social Security

Chile operates a social security system that provides various benefits, including:

  • Pensions: Both employers and employees contribute a portion of their salary towards old-age pensions.
  • Healthcare: Employees contribute towards healthcare coverage, while employers withhold a portion pre-tax for health insurance.
  • Disability and survivor insurance: Employers contribute a percentage of the employee's salary towards disability and survivor insurance.


Chilean law guarantees employees paid leave for various reasons:

  • Annual vacation: Employees with more than one year of service are entitled to 15 working days of paid annual leave, with the possibility of extending it based on service tenure.
  • National holidays: Employees are entitled to paid time off for all Chilean national holidays.
  • Sick leave: Employees can take sick leave with a documented medical excuse within two days of the leave's beginning.
  • Maternity and paternity leave: Pregnant mothers receive 30 weeks of paid maternity leave, while fathers receive paternity leave.


Certain insurance coverage is mandatory for employees in Chile:

  • Unemployment insurance: Both employers and employees contribute towards unemployment insurance to provide financial support in case of job loss.
  • Worker's compensation insurance: Employers must contribute to insurance that covers employees in case of work-related accidents or illnesses.
  • COVID-19 health insurance: Employers must provide individual health insurance for employees working partially or fully in person to cover COVID-19 related health issues.

This is not an exhaustive list of all employee benefits in Chile. It's recommended to consult with a legal professional specializing in Chilean labor law for the latest information and specific requirements.

Optional benefits

In Chile, many companies offer additional perks to attract and retain top talent, beyond the strong foundation of employee benefits mandated by law. Here's a breakdown of some popular optional benefits provided by employers in Chile:

Health and Wellness

  • Private Health Insurance: Companies often offer private health insurance plans with wider coverage options, including dental and vision care.
  • Wellness Programs: On-site fitness facilities, gym memberships, or wellness programs may be offered to promote employee health and well-being.

Financial Security

  • Life Insurance: Some employers provide life insurance with premiums covered partially or entirely by the company.
  • Profit Sharing: Certain companies offer profit-sharing bonuses to incentivize employees and align their goals with the company's success.

Work-Life Balance and Flexibility

  • Flexible Work Arrangements: Modern companies may offer flexible work arrangements like remote work options, compressed workweeks, or flexible start and end times to enhance work-life balance for employees.
  • Childcare Assistance: Employers might offer childcare subsidies or on-site childcare facilities to help employees manage childcare responsibilities.

Professional Development

  • Training and Development Programs: Companies may invest in employee development by offering training programs, educational stipends, or tuition reimbursement for relevant courses.

Additional Perks

  • Meal Vouchers or Subsidies: Some employers offer meal vouchers or subsidies to help employees with lunch expenses.
  • Transportation Allowances: Companies might provide transportation allowances to help employees cover commuting costs.
  • Employee Discounts: Certain companies offer employee discounts on products or services related to their industry.

The availability and specifics of these optional benefits will vary depending on the company size, industry, and overall benefit package they offer.

Health insurance requirements

In Chile, the health insurance system is a multi-payer system with mandatory components for employees.

Mandatory Health Insurance

Chilean law mandates health insurance coverage for all employees. The system operates as follows:

  • Employee Contribution: Employees contribute 7% of their pre-tax salary towards a public health insurance plan (ISAPRE or FONASA).
  • Employer Contribution: Employers withhold the employee's contribution and pay it directly to the health insurance provider.
  • Plan Options: Employees can choose between public (FONASA) or private health insurance plans (ISAPRE). Public plans offer basic coverage, while private plans typically offer a wider range of benefits but come with higher costs.

Additional Mandatory Coverage:

  • COVID-19 Health Insurance: Employers must provide individual health insurance for employees working partially or fully in person to cover COVID-19 related medical expenses. This insurance covers hospitalization, rehabilitation, and death due to COVID-19.

It's recommended to consult with a professional specializing in Chilean labor law for the latest information on health insurance requirements and specific plan details.

Retirement plans

Chile's retirement system is a defined-contribution system, where individuals accumulate funds throughout their working life to finance their retirement.

AFP Pension Fund Accounts

The primary retirement plan in Chile involves employees contributing 10% of their pre-tax salary towards individual pension accounts managed by private Pension Fund Administrators (AFPs). These accounts are invested in the financial markets, which means they have the potential for higher returns but also carry a higher risk.

Solidarity Pillar

The government provides a minimum pension guarantee through a means-tested benefit called the Pensión Básica Solidaria (PBS) for low-income retirees. There's also a supplementary benefit called the Pensiones Solidarias de Vejez (PSV) for retirees who meet specific criteria.

Note: The mandatory social security pension system has been subject to debate due to concerns about the adequacy of retirement income for some individuals. A reform proposal is currently under discussion (as of March 2024) that aims to address these concerns.

Voluntary Pension Plans

Chile's system also allows for voluntary contributions to supplement the mandatory social security pension.

AFP Voluntary Accounts

Individuals can contribute additional funds voluntarily to their AFP accounts. These contributions can be tax-deductible under certain conditions.

Life Insurance with Pension Focus

Some life insurance products are designed specifically to provide income upon retirement.

Choosing a Retirement Plan

The choice between mandatory and voluntary contributions depends on individual financial goals and risk tolerance. Consulting with a financial advisor can be helpful in navigating retirement planning options in Chile.

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