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Brazil Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Brazil




Brazilian Real (BRL)


Portuguese, Spanish, German

Payroll Frequency

Fortnightly or Monthly

GDP per Capita


Employer Tax

28% - 30.5%

Talent Overview

Brazil, the world’s sixth most populous country, has the third-largest economy among the North and South American countries. The Global Innovation Index (GII), providing insights into the innovation and performance of economies worldwide, ranks Brazil in 57th position. Brazil has 67% of the GDP coming from the service sector.

Major economic hubs:

São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Fortaleza

Skills in demand:

Financial sector, Banking, Public relations, Medical professionals

Brazil Map

Local Universities

The top local universities in Brazil are as follows:

Brazil Uni1

Universidade de São Paulo USP


Local: 1

World: 91

Brazil Uni2

Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina


Local: 2

World: 358

Brazil Uni3

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul


Local: 3

World: 360

Brazil Uni4 1

Universidade Estadual de Campinas


Local: 4

World: 393

Brazil Uni5

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais UFMG


Local: 5

World: 433

Salary Data

Some top jobs in Brazil, along with their monthly salary, are listed below:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (BRL) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Financial Analyst 11,500 2,390
Business Analyst 10,600 2,203
HR Manager 12,700 2,640
Developer/Programmer 8,790 1,827
Project Manager 10,500 2,182
Network Engineer 7,480 1,555
Accountant 5,920 1,230
Brazil Talentsource

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards

Trabalhabrasil, Vagas, Catho, Buscojobs

Number of LinkedIn users


Top Recruitment Agencies

Huxley, Foxtime

Employing in Brazil

The Brazilian labor laws are protective of employees. In Brazil, all companies and employees are mandatorily represented by unions. Read forward to know more about employment in Brazil.

Employee Contract

Employment agreements are mostly for an indefinite duration and only in specific conditions were fixed-term agreements made. All employment contracts should be made in the Portuguese language.

Probation Period

The usual probationary period followed in Brazil is 45 to 90 days.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day National Holiday
12 Feb Carnival Monday Government Holiday
13 Feb Carnival Tuesday Government Holiday
14 Feb Carnival end (until 2pm) Government Holiday
29 Mar Good Friday National Holiday
21 Apr Tiradentes Day National Holiday
1 May Labor Day / May Day National Holiday
30 May Corpus Christi Government Holiday
7 Sep Independence Day National Holiday
12 Oct Our Lady of Aparecida / Children’s Day National Holiday
2 Nov All Souls’ Day National Holiday
15 Nov Republic Proclamation Day National Holiday
24 Dec Christmas Eve (from 2pm) Government Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day National Holiday
31 Dec New Year’s Eve (from 2pm) Government Holiday


Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual/Earned Leave 30 days Yes
Sick Leave 15 days Yes
Maternity Leave 16 weeks Yes


Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

The Brazilian labor code establishes salary to employees be made in Brazilian currency and has to be paid at least once a month. Mostly the payments are provided fortnightly or monthly as per the employment agreement.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

As of 2023, the minimum wage in Brazil is R$1,320.00.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

Overtime is restricted to a maximum of 2 hours per day. It is paid at an additional rate of at least 50% of the normal salary.


13th-Month Pay

It is mandatory to provide employees with an additional month’s salary at the end of the year, called the 13th-month salary. It is paid in two equal installments, the first by November 30th and the second by December 20th.

Employee Benefits

  • Non-mandatory private health insurance
  • Maternity leave
  • Paternity leave
  • Holiday/vacation bonus
  • 13th-month pay
  • Severance pay
  • Transportation voucher
  • Daycare assistance


Employer Payroll Tax

Payroll category Contribution %
Social Security 20-22.5%
Employees Severance Indemnity Fund 8%

Employee Payroll Tax

Payroll Category Contribution %
Social Security(with a maximum of 828.38 BRL per month) 7.50% to 14.00%

Employee Income Tax

Income at or over (BRL) Up to (BRL) Tax rate (%) Deductible tax amount (BRL)
0 1,903.98 Exempt 0
1,903.99 2,826.65 7.5 142.80
2,826.66 3,751.05 15.0 354.80
3,751.06 4,664.68 22.5 636.13
4,664.68 and above 27.5 869.36


The standard VAT rate in Brazil is 17%, although it varies between 12% to 25%, depending on the states.

Offboarding & Termination

In Brazil, employment can be terminated at any time without stating the cause, provided the notice period is followed (or instead payment) and adequate severance is paid. Termination must be communicated in written form, duly signed, and dated.

The notice period for both probationary and permanent employees in Brazil is 30 to 90 days.

Employees’ severance pay is mandatory but depends on the type of termination process.

Visa and Immigration

Non-Brazilian nationals require the following documents:

  • Residence permit
  • Work Visa
Brazil Visa
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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

Visa & Immigration