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Bangladesh Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Bangladesh




Bangladeshi taka



Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita

$ 2,728.46

Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Bangladesh has one of the emerging and growth-leading economies in the world. Its economy ranks 29th in purchasing power parity and ranks second in South Asia, after India. Bangladesh’s major industries include textiles, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding, steel, electronics, energy, construction materials, chemicals, ceramics, food processing, and leather goods. It is also one of the Next Eleven emerging markets.

Major economic hubs:

Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna

Skills in demand:

Data Analysis, Customer Service, IT Skills, Digital Marketing


Local Universities

The top local universities in Bangladesh are as follows:

Bangladesh Uni1

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology


Bangladesh : 1

World : 2678

Bangladesh Uni2

University of Dhaka


Bangladesh : 2

World : 2736

Bangladesh Uni3

BRAC University


Bangladesh : 3

World : 2913

Uni4 1

North South University


Bangladesh : 4

World : 3322

Uni5 1

National University, Bangladesh


Bangladesh : 5

World : 3907

Salary Data

Below are the average monthly salaries for some jobs in the country:

Job designation Average Monthly Salary (BDT) Annual Monthly Salary (USD)
Financial Analyst 33,500 309
Office Manager 23,600 217
Business Analyst 33,500 309
Project Manager 33,000 304
Graphic Designer 17,200 158
Developer/Programmer 23,900 220
Sales Manager 45,200 416
Talent Source 4

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards , , JOB.COM.BD

Number of LinkedIn users


Top Recruitment Agencies

Amco Enterprise LimitedJob Placement BD Ltd.Catharsis International

Employing in Bangladesh

The employment laws of Bangladesh are governed by the Labor Act of 2006 and Labor Rules of 2015. In order to onboard an individual, the employer must know the  statutory provisions and regulations related to employment conditions in Bangladesh. This section mentions all the necessary information.

Employee Contract

‍Employment contracts are preferred in the local language – Bengali or English, whichever is locally used. The employer has to mention all the required details of the employee along with bonuses, allowances and leaves.

Probation Period

The probationary period followed in Bangladesh ranges between three to six months.

Public and Provincial holidays 2024

Date Occasion

21 February

Shaheed Dibash and International Mother Language Day

26 February


17 March

Birthday of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

26 March

Independence and National Day

5 April

Jumatul Bidah

7 April

10-12 April Eid-ul-Fitr

14 April

Bengali New Year’s Day

1 May

May Day

22 May

Buddha Purnima
16-18 June Eid-ul-Azha

1 July

Bank Holiday

17 July

The Holy Ashura

15 August

National Mourning Day

26 August


16 September


13 October

Durga Puja

16 December

Victory Day

25 December

Christmas Day

31 December

Bank Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual leave/Earned Leave 10 days Yes
Sick Leave 14 days Yes
Maternity Leave 16 weeks Yes


Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

The labor law states that employees’ wages must be paid within 7 days after the last day of the wage period.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Bangladesh is at 1,500 BDT per month.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

Working beyond the normal hours is considered overtime and is paid at twice the regular rate.


13th Month Pay:

After the first year of employment, the employees of Bangladesh are entitled to a festive bonus. Employers may provide two festive bonuses every year. Ideally the bonus should be equal to basic salary or 50% of the gross salary.

Employee Benefits:

Employers must provide the below mentioned benefits to the employees.

  • Festive Bonus
  • Maternity leave
  • Health Insurance


Employer Payroll Tax:

There is no employer contribution in Bangladesh. However, the employer must contribute 5% of the profit to the Workers Profit Participation Fund as Social Security Contribution.

Employee Payroll Tax:

There is no employee contribution in Bangladesh.

Employee Income Tax:

Income tax varies depending on the residential status. Residents of Bangladesh are taxed for worldwide income, while non-residents are taxed only on the income generated from inside the country.

Residents are levied income tax on progressive tax rates, which ranges from 0% to 25%. For non-residents, it is at a flat rate of 30%.

Taxable Income (BDT) Tax Rate(%)
Up to 300,000 0
300,001 – 400,000 5%
400,001 – 700,000 10%
700,001 – 1,100,000 15%
1,100,001 – 1,600,000 20%
Above 1,600,000 25%


The standard rate of VAT followed is 15%.

Offboarding & Termination

In Bangladesh, termination of employment can be made either by the employer or the employee. Some of the grounds on which an employer can terminate an employee include – Redundancy, medicinal incapacity, misconduct, and conviction of crime.

The notice period for employees during the probationary period ranges from 7 to 30 days, while for permanent employees the range is from two months to four months.

A terminated worker is entitled to a compensation of 30 days’ wage for every completed year of service. Beyond a term of 10 years of service, it will be 45-days pay for each year completed. For employees dismissed on the grounds of misconduct, the payment will be of 15-days for each completed year.

Visa and Immigration

Employees from outside Bangladesh need an employment or work visa, which is issued by the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA). An individual have to apply for the Employment or work visa. The individual have to submit the employment contract along with personal documents and a letter of recommendation from Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) and the Board of Investment (BOI).

Visa And Immigration 1
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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

Visa & Immigration