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Kiribati Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Kiribati




Kiribati Dollar, Australian Dollar


Kiribati, English

Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Kiribati is an island nation in the Central Pacific Ocean with a population of 123,724. The country recorded a GDP growth of 1.5% in 2021. The local government invested nearly 32% of the GDP on social protection to safeguard the economy from COVID-19 effects. The economy has stabilised thanks to public expenditure and the revival of infrastructure projects.

Major economic hubs:

Tarawa, Betio Village, Bikenibeu Village

Skills in demand:

Subsistence farming, Tour guides, Entrepreneurs, Industrial managers

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Kiribati are as follows:

Uni2 15

Kiribati Institute of Technology


Local: 1

World: 29659

Uni1 16

Kiribati Teachers College


Local: 2

World: 26759

Salary Data

The table below mentions some common jobs in Kiribati with average monthly salary:

No. Job Title Average Monthly Salary (in AUD) Average Monthly Salary (in USD)
1 Financial Manager 8,190 AUD 5590.54 USD
2 General Manager 7,010 AUD 4785.06 USD
3 Business Development Manager 6,540 AUD 4464.24 USD
4 Financial Analyst 5,130 AUD 3501.77 USD
5 Business Analyst 5,090 AUD 3474.46 USD
6 Project Manager 5,250 AUD 3583.68 USD
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Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Employment Kiribati, Jobisland

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:

Express Global Employment

Employing in Kiribati

The Employment and Industrial Relations Code 2015 regulates the employment contract, industrial relations and resolves employment disputes in the Republic of Kiribati. The following sections discuss the major aspects of the Code, which all employers and employees in the country must know.

Employee Contract

The Code directs all employees and employers to enter a written contract signed by both parties in the official language, i.e, Kiribati or English.

Probation Period

There is no statutory law for probation periods in Kiribati.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day Public Holiday
8 Mar International Women’s Day Public Holiday
7 Apr Good Friday Public Holiday
10 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
11 Jul Independence Day Holiday Public Holiday
12 Jul Independence Day Public Holiday
7 Aug Youth Day Public Holiday
11 Dec Human Rights and Peace Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday
26 Dec Boxing Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual leaves 30 days Yes
Sick leaves 20 days Yes
Maternity leaves 12 weeks (6 weeks before birth, 6 weeks after birth) Yes


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Payroll Cycle

Kiribati follows a monthly payroll cycle

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Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Kiribati is AUD 1.30 per hour for local businesses and AUD 3.00 for overseas-funded projects.

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Overtime Pay

The standard working hours in Kiribati are 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. In case an employee works additional hours, they are liable to receive overtime pay as per the following table:


13th Month Pay

Kiribati does not mandate 13th-month pay.

Employee Benefits

  • Social security
  • Paid leaves
  • Maternity leaves


Employer Payroll Tax

Contribution Tax rate (%)
Social security 7.5%

Employee Payroll Tax

Contribution Tax rate (%)
Social security 7.5%

Employee Income Tax

Tax payer Income slab Tax rate (%)
Residents Income up to AUD 25,000 20%
Income between AUD 25,001 – AUD 50,000 30%
Income More than AUD 50,000 35%
Non-residents (Nil) 30%


Offboarding & Termination

An employee under an indefinite contract can only be terminated due to performance-related reasons or redundancy. Fixed-term contracts in Kiribati are terminated as soon as they expire. Employers must give the reason for termination in writing before the last date of employment.

The notice period in Kiribati is given as follows:

Length of service Notice period
Up to 2 years 2 weeks
More than 2 years 4 weeks

According to the Labour Law, upon termination, the employer must provide compensation based on mutual agreement or payment in lieu of notice.

Visa and Immigration

The Kiribati work permit is granted to applicants who meet certain requirements and submit the necessary documents. The foreigner must be between the ages of 20 and 45 and have a medical certificate proving their good health. Some applicants shall submit a character certificate with a clean police record.

The employer must submit the relevant documents in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. The Ministry also grants temporary/permanent residency visas to foreign employees.

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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

Day of work Overtime pay
Weekdays and Saturday 150%
Sundays and public holidays 200%

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