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Talent Wiki - Bangladesh

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Bangladesh
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Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Bangladesh

Talent Overview

Bangladesh has one of the emerging and growth-leading economies in the world. Its economy ranks 29th in purchasing power parity and ranks second in South Asia, after India. Bangladesh's major industries include textiles, pharmaceuticals, shipbuilding, steel, electronics, energy, construction materials, chemicals, ceramics, food processing, and leather goods. It is also one of the Next Eleven emerging markets.

Major economic hubs:  

Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna

Skills in demand: 

Data analysis, Customer service, IT skills, Digital marketing

Local Universities

The top universities in Bangladesh include:

University of Dhaka


Bangladesh : 1

World : 2785

BRAC University


Bangladesh : 2

World : 2924

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology


Bangladesh : 3

World : 3105

North-South University Bangladesh


Bangladesh : 4

World : 3461

National University, Bangladesh


Bangladesh : 5

World : 3511

Salary Data

Job designation Average Salary (in BDT) Annual salary (in USD)
Financial Analyst 33,500 386.73
Office Manager 23,600 272.44
Business Analyst 33,500 386.73
Project Manager 30,500 351.71
Graphic Designer 17,200 198.34
Developer/Programmer 27,100 312.50
Sales Manager 17,300 199.41

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards , , JOB.COM.BD

Number of LinkedIn users

4.80 Million    

Top Recruitment Agencies

Amco Enterprise Limited, Job Placement BD Ltd., Catharsis International

Employing in Bangladesh

The employment laws of Bangladesh are governed by the Labor Act of 2006 and Labor Rules of 2015. In order to onboard an individual, the employer must know the  statutory provisions and regulations related to employment conditions in Bangladesh. This section mentions all the necessary information.

Employee Contract:

Employment contracts are preferred in the local language - Bengali or English, whichever is locally used. The employer has to mention all the required details of the employee along with bonuses, allowances and leaves.

Probation Period:

The probationary period followed in Austria ranges between three to six months.

Public and Provincial holidays:

Date Name Type
21 Feb Language Martyrs' Day Government Holiday
17 Mar Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birthday Government Holiday
19 Mar Shab e-Barat (Tentative Date) Government Holiday
26 Mar Independence Day Government Holiday
29 Apr Jumatul Bidah (Tentative Date) Government Holiday
29 Apr Shab-e-qadr (Tentative Date) Government Holiday
1 May May Day Government Holiday
2 May Eid ul-Fitr Holiday Government Holiday
3 May Eid ul-Fitr Government Holiday
4 May Eid ul-Fitr Holiday Government Holiday
15 May Buddha Purnima/Vesak Government Holiday
9 Jul Eid al-Adha Holiday (Tentative Date) Government Holiday
10 Jul Eid al-Adha Government Holiday
11 Jul Eid al-Adha Holiday (Tentative Date) Government Holiday
9 Aug Ashura (Tentative Date) Government Holiday
15 Aug National Mourning Day Government Holiday
18 Aug Janmashtami Government Holiday
5 Oct Durga Puja Government Holiday
9 Oct Eid e-Milad-un Nabi (Tentative Date) Government Holiday
16 Dec Victory Day Government Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Government Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual leave/Earned Leave 10 days Yes
Sick Leave 14 days Yes
Maternity Leave 16 weeks Yes


Payroll Cycle

The labor law states that employees' wages must be paid within 7 days after the last day of the wage period.

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Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Bangladesh was last updated in 2020 and stands at 8100 BDT/Month.

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Overtime Pay

Working beyond the normal hours is considered overtime and is paid at twice the regular rate.

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Health Examination Clause


13th Month Pay:

After the first year of employment, the employees of Bangladesh are entitled to a festive bonus. Employers may provide two festive bonuses every year. Ideally the bonus should be equal to basic salary or 50% of the gross salary.

Employee Benefits:

Employers must provide the below mentioned benefits to the employees.

  • ~Festive Bonus
  • ~Maternity leave
  • ~Health Insurance
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Employer Payroll Tax:

The employer must contribute 5% of the profit to the Workers Profit Participation Fund as Social Security Contribution.

Employee Payroll Tax:

There is no employee contribution in Bangladesh.

Employee Income Tax:

Income tax varies depending on the residential status. Residents of Bangladesh are taxed for worldwide income, while non-residents are taxed only on the income generated from inside the country.

Residents are levied income tax on progressive tax rates. For non-residents, it is at a flat rate of 30%.

Taxable Income (BDT) Tax Rate(%)
Up to 300,000 0
300,001 - 400,000 5%
400,001 - 700,000 10%
700,001 - 1,100,000 15%
1,100,001 - 1,600,000 20%
Above 1,600,000 25%


The standard rate of VAT followed is 15%.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

In Bangladesh, termination of employment can be made either by the employer or the employee. Some of the grounds on which an employer can terminate an employee include - Redundancy, medicinal incapacity, misconduct, and conviction of crime.

Notice Period

The notice period for employees during the probationary period ranges from 7 to 30 days, while for permanent employees the range is from two months to four months.

Severance Pay

A terminated worker is entitled to a compensation of 30 days' wage for every completed year of service. Beyond a term of 10 years of service, it will be 45-days pay for each year completed. For employees dismissed on the grounds of misconduct, the payment will be of 15-days for each completed year.

Visa and Immigration

Employees from outside Bangladesh need an employment or work visa, which is issued by the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA). An individual have to apply for the Employment or work visa. The individual have to submit the employment contract along with personal documents and a letter of recommendation from Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (BEPZA) and the Board of Investment (BOI).

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