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Suriname Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Suriname




Suriname Dollar



Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax

No Contribution

Talent Overview

Suriname is a natural-resource rich country in South America with a GDP of USD 2.86 billion. The mining industry in the country contributes to almost half the public sector’s revenue, while gold formulates for more than 80 percent of the exports. Suriname’s economy is susceptible to global shocks; however, it has been able to stabilise its growth.

Major economic hubs:

Paramaribo, Lelydorp, Brokopondo

Skills in demand:

Teaching, Marine biologist

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Suriname are as follows:

Uni1 47

Anton de Kom Universiteit van Suriname


Local: 1

World : 7043

Uni2 41

Polytechnic College Suriname


Local: 2

World : 12658

Uni3 35

Academie voor Hoger Kunst- en Cultuuronderwijs


Local: 3

World : 13357

Salary Data

Some common jobs in Suriname with average monthly salaries are:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (in SRD) Average Monthly Salary (in USD)
Financial Manager 10,500 SRD USD 332.28
General Manager 9,110 SRD USD 288.29
Business Development Manager 8,770 SRD USD 277.53
Financial Analyst 6,990 SRD USD 221.20
Business Analyst 6,880 SRD USD 217.72
Project Manager 6,040 SRD USD 191.14
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Employing in Suriname

The System of Labour Administration and 1858 Civil Code regulate the employment laws in Suriname. The sections below cover major aspects of the legislation which both employer and employee must follow.

Employee Contract

According to the System of Labour Administration of Suriname, the employment contracts in the country must be published in a written format with formal acceptance by the candidate. All the working conditions in the contract must be in Dutch and submitted to the court registry for inspection.

Probation Period

The probation period in Suriname extend to a maximum of two months. However, probation is not mandatory and employers and employees must enter into such an arrangement unless it is absolutely necessary.

Public and Provincial Holidays 2023

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
22 Jan Lunar New Year Public Holiday
25 Feb Revolution Day Public Holiday
7 Mar Holi Phagwa Public Holiday
7 Apr Good Friday Public Holiday
10 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
22 Apr Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 May Labor Day Public Holiday
29 Jun Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 Jul Freedom Day Public Holiday
9 Aug Indigenous Peoples Day Public Holiday
10 Oct Day of the Maroons Public Holiday
12 Nov Diwali Public Holiday
25 Nov Independence 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
  • One day for each month of employment
  • 12 days after 1 year of employment
  • 14 days after 2 years of employment
  • 16 days after 3 years of employment
  • 18 days after 4 and more years of employment
Sick leaves 6 weeks Yes
Maternity leaves None Yes



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Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle in Suriname is monthly

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Minimum Wage

The National Minimum Wage in Suriname is SRD 20 per hour.

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Overtime Pay

The standard working hours in Suriname are 8.5 hours a day and 48 hours a week. Employers who want their staff to commit overtime must get an overtime license from the Labour Inspection.


13th Month Pay

There is no mandatory 13th month pay in Suriname.

Employee Benefits

  • Social security
  • Paid leaves
  • Notice period


Employer Payroll Tax

There are no employer contributions towards payroll in Suriname.

Employee Payroll Tax

Contribution Rate
Age-old insurance 4%

Employee Income Tax

Income slab Rate
Up to SRD 2,646 0%
SRD 2,646 – SRD 14,002.80 8%
SRD 14,002.80 – SRD 21,919 18%
SRD 21,919 – SRD 32,839.80 28%
More than SRD 32,839.80 38%


The Value Added Tax in Suriname is levied at a standard rate of 10%.

Offboarding & Termination

Employers can only terminate employment contracts on the specified date. Termination cannot occur without cause and there must be a justified reason. Furthermore, employees cannot be terminated due to inability to perform because of military service, legal directions or during paid leaves.

The notice period in Suriname is a maximum of six months. However, both employer and employees can have a written agreement for a shorter period.

As per the 1858 civil code, severance pay in Suriname is given as per the following table:

Years of service Severance pay
0 – 4 years 4 weeks
5 – 9 years 1 week/year of service
10 – 15 years 4 months
More than 15 years 6 months

Visa and Immigration

Professionals from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) can live and work in Suriname without any license. However, professionals in the gold mining industry need a Gold Sector Foreign nationals visa while the others need a Foreign Nationals visa.

Generally, foreigners require stay and work permits to live and work in Suriname. It is the employer’s responsibility to apply for the work visa on the employee’s behalf.

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