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Macau Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Macau




Macanese Pataca


Cantonese, Portuguese, Mandarin, English, Macanese Portuguese

Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax

MOP 60

Talent Overview

Macau SAR (Special Administrative Region) is one of the most open territories since it was handed over to China during the 90’s. Once a Portuguese colony, it now boasts the title “Las Vegas of Asia”. It is the hub for a significant number of casinos in Asia and focuses its development on the gaming, services, and tourism industries. It also has one of the most robust financial systems in Asia despite the Asian financial crisis in 1997-98.

Major economic hubs:


Skills in demand:

Information And Communications Technology Professionals, Gaming Industry Professionals (Casino), Marketing Professionals, Tourism Professionals

Macau Map

Local Universities

The top local universities in Macau are as follows:


University of Macau


Local: 1

World: 1478


Macau University of Science & Technology


Local: 2

World: 2371


Macau Polytechnic Institute


Local: 3

World: 3527


Institute for Tourism Studies


Local: 4

World: 5878


University of Saint Joseph


Local: 5

World: 7169

Salary Data

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (MOP) Average Monthly Salary  (USD)
Chief Information Officer 11,300 1,397
Project Manager 9,570 1,183
Web Security Manager 10,200 1,261
Chief IT Security Officer 10,300 1,273
Technical Project Manager 9,890 1,222
IT Sales Manager 9,760 1,206
Infrastructure Manager 10,800 1,335
Macau Talent Source

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Portals:

Job Island, Ecity Works, macauHR

Number of LinkedIn Users (2022):


Top Recruitment Agencies:

Links International, INS Global Consulting

Employing in Macau

Hiring employees in Macau is fairly straightforward when you have a strong grasp on its employment laws, benefits, payroll, and tax systems. You can strengthen your knowledge with the information below to hire and onboard talents in Macau successfully.

Employee Contract

Employment contracts in Macau are not required in writing. However, when hiring employees with fixed-term contracts, variable labor contracts, and non-resident worker contracts; and employing minors, a written contract is required. In practice, written employment contracts are given by the employers in Macau.  The language used for written contracts can be either English, Cantonese, or Portuguese.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day Obligatory Holiday
9 Feb Lunar New Year Eve Half Day for Public Employees
10 Feb Lunar New Year (First Day) Obligatory Holiday
11 Feb Lunar New Year (Second Day) Obligatory Holiday
12 Feb Lunar New Year (Third Day) Obligatory Holiday
13 Feb Lunar New Year Holiday Public Employees
14 Feb Lunar New Year Holiday Public Employees
29 Mar Good Friday Public Holiday
30 Mar Holy Saturday Public Holiday
1 Apr Holy Saturday Holiday Public Employees
4 Apr Cheng Ming Festival Obligatory Holiday
1 May Labor Day / May Day Obligatory Holiday
15 May Buddha’s Birthday Public Holiday
10 Jun Dragon Boat Festival Public Holiday
18 Sep Day after the Mid-Autumn-Festival Obligatory Holiday
1 Oct National Day of the People’s Republic of China Obligatory Holiday
2 Oct Day after PRC National Day Public Holiday
11 Oct Chong Yeung Festival (Festival of Ancestors) Obligatory Holiday
2 Nov All Soul’s Day Public Holiday
4 Nov All Soul’s Day Holiday Public Employees
8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Public Holiday
9 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Holiday Public Employees
20 Dec Macau S.A.R. Establishment Day Obligatory Holiday
21 Dec Winter Solstice Public Holiday
23 Dec Winter Solstice Holiday Public Employees
24 Dec Christmas Eve Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday
31 Dec New Year’s Eve Afternoon Half Day for Public Employees

Employee Leaves

Type of leave Time period Mandatory
Annual leave/Earned Leave 7 days Yes
Sick Leave 14 days Yes
Maternity Leave  16 weeks Yes



Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

Wages in Macau is paid monthly.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

The national minimum wage for Macau is MOP6,656.00 per month.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

Overtime hours should not exceed 48 hours a week. A worker will be compensated with an increase of 50% when determined by the employer prior to the engagement. In other cases, it would be 20%.


13th Month Pay

The 13th-month pay is not mandatory in Macau unless it’s stipulated in the contract.

Employee Benefits

There are different types of pensions and allowances in the Social Security Benefits in Macau. These are all based on the contributions going into the Social Security Fund by the employers.

Old Age Pension
Disability Pension


Unemployment Allowance
Sickness Allowance
Birth Allowance
Marriage Allowance
Funeral Allowance


Employer Payroll Tax

Category Amount payable per month
Social Security Fund MOP 60

Employee Payroll Tax

Category Amount payable per month
Social Security Fund MOP 30

Employee Income Tax

Income tax is levied at a progressive rate on all annual income as follows:

Income (MOP) Marginal Cumulative Tax Liability (MOP) Tax rate
0 to 144,000 0 0
144,000 to 164,000 1,400 7
164,000 to 184,000 3,000 8
184,000 to 224,000 6,600 9
224,000 to 304,000 14,600 10
304,000 to 424,000 27,800 11
Above 424,000 12


There is no VAT rate in Macau.

Offboarding & Termination

An employment contract can be terminated with just cause, the company is closing down or the ending of the contract agreement. The notice period comes to an agreement between the employee and employer.

The notice period in Macau depends on the contract between the employee and employer. However, the employee’s notice must not exceed the stated period given by the employer. In the event when the notice period is not stated in the contract it shall be:

  • 15 days in case of rescission by employer
  • 7 days in case of rescission by employee

Severance pay is only given if the contract is ended by the employer and was done without a just cause. The compensation is explained in the table below.

Length of Service Compensation (in days)
Probationary period up to 1 year 7
> 1 year up to 3 years 10
> 3 years up to 5 years 13
> 5 years up to 7 years 15
> 7 years up to 8 years 16
> 8 years up to 9 years 17
> 9 years up to 10 years 18
> 10 years 20


Visa and Immigration

Getting a Business Visa for Macau is easy as you can see below. Upon the submission of your application, it’ll take 10 working days to process.

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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

Visa & Immigration

General Requirements
Visa Application Form
Copy of Passport or travel document with the used Visa pages
Financial certificate or bank statement
Employment Certificate
Hotel Reservation or Address to stay
Certificate of the Trip of Purpose
Employment Employment permit from the department concerned
Foreign Labor Dependence Certificate of Residence Permit from the department concerned
Business Certificate to Macau SAR for business

And an Invitation from the company based in Macau SAR