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Peru Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Peru




Peruvian Sol (PEN)



Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Peru is well known for scenic beauty and amazing places to visit. The country has macroeconomic fundamentals for progressive GDP growth. From the beginning of the 21st century, Peru has reached a 5.0% average annual GDP growth in this period. Assertive Internal Policies and External Economic Conditions, combinedly in favor of Peru’s GDP growth.

Major economic hubs:

Lima, Arequipa, La Libertad, Piura

Skills in demand:

Information Technology, Health Assistants, Analysts

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Peru are as follows:


Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú


Local: 1

World: 280

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Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas


Local: 2

World: 472

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Universidad Tecnológica del Peru


Local: 3

World: 647

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Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos


Local: 4

World: 688

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Universidad Privada del Norte


Local: 5

World: 1416

Salary Data

The table below mentions the average salary in Peru:

Job Title Average Salary (PEN) Average Salary (USD)
Financial Manager 15,100 PEN 3,984 USD
General Manager 13,100 PEN 3,456 USD
Business Development Manager 11,300 PEN 2,981 USD
Accounting Manager 11,200 PEN 2,955 USD
Customer Service Manager 10,100 PEN 2,665 USD
Project Manager 8,000 PEN 2,110 USD
Engineer 7,010 PEN 1,849 USD
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Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards

Indeed, LinkedIn, Jora, Talent

Number of LinkedIn users


Top Recruitment Agencies

Lee Hecht Harrison, Experis, Adecco Professional

Employing in Peru

While onboarding employees from Peru, the employer should be knowledgeable about the Employment laws, regulations, deductions, and benefits. This section has all the necessary information that employers can use.

Employee Contract

In Peru, the Employment contract is an important document as it mentions all the necessary details and terms of the employment. The employee must be provided with the contract along with providing all the terms and conditions, mentioning the benefits, deductions, and leaves.

Probation Period

The probation period in Peru is 3 months long.

Public and Provincial Holidays 2023

Date Holiday Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day National Holiday
28 Mar Maundy Thursday National Holiday
29 Mar Good Friday National Holiday
1 May Labour Day National Holiday
7 Jun Battle of Arica National Holiday
29 Jun Feast of St Peter and St Paul National Holiday
23 Jul Peruvian Air Force Day National Holiday
28 Jul Independence Day  National Holiday
29 Jul Independence Day  (Day 2) National Holiday
6 Aug Battle of Junín National Holiday
30 Aug Santa Rosa de Lima National Holiday
8 Oct Battle of Angamos National Holiday
1 Nov All Saints’ Day National Holiday
8 Dec Immaculate Conception National Holiday
9 Dec Battle of Ayacucho National Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day National Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual/Earned Leave 30 days Yes
Sick Leave 20 days Yes
Maternity Leave 98 days Yes



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Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle is monthly in Peru.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

Peru’s minimum wage rate is 750 PEN per month ($294) for all workers.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

Once the completion of the first hour of overtime, the employee receives 25% of the hourly salary. The overtime pay increases to 35% of the hourly salary for the following hours.


13th Month Pay:

In Peru, 13th and 14th-month pay are mandatory.

Employee Benefits:

  • Employee Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Allowances
  • Annual paid Leave
  • 13th month pay
  • 14th month pay


Employer Payroll Tax

Category Contributions
Health Insurance 9%

Employee Payroll Tax

Category Contributions
Health Insurance (Employee is associated with the National Pension System) 13%
Health Insurance (Employee is associated with the Private Pension System) 12.5%

Employee Income Tax

Tax Units* Annual Income Tax Rate
0 to 5 0 to 23,000 PEN 8%
5 to 20 23,000 to 92,000 PEN 14%
20 to 35 92,000 to 1,61,000 PEN 17%
35 to 45 1,61,000 to 2,07,000 PEN 20%
45 and above 2,07,000  PEN and above 30%

*One tax unit is equal to 4,600 Peruvian soles (PEN).


The standard rate of VAT in Peru is 18%, out of which 16% is the actual VAT and 2% is Municipal Promotion Tax.

Offboarding & Termination

The employer has to provide a valid reason for the termination of the employment contract. In case of major casualties, the employer has to send the determination notice letter six days prior to the employee and trade union. These six days are given to the employee for the purpose of defense. According to the Peru Constitution, all the employees are protected against termination after the completion of the Probation period.

The notice period is 30 days in Peru.

The severance pay is only provided to the employees when the individual has completed the trial period and is dismissed without notice. The severance pay is one and a half months’ salary each month for a year.

Visa and Immigration

In order to work in Peru, the employer must issue a Labor certification approval from the Department of Labor. After that, the employer has to submit the Immigrant Petition for the Alien Worker to Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Citizenship in order to recognize the individual’s preference of category in Visa.

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Overtime Pay

Visa & Immigration

There are five major types of categories;

  1. Employment First Preference (E1): Individuals who are the priority workers and people with extraordinary ability.
  2. Employment Second Preference (E2): Individuals holding advanced degrees and persons with exceptional ability.
  3. Employment Third Preference (E3): Individuals who are skilled workers, professionals, as well as Unskilled Workers.
  4. Employment Fourth Preference (E4): Individuals who are certain special immigrants.
  5. Employment Fifth Preference (E5): Individuals who are immigrant investors.