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Talent Wiki - Barbados

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

Talent Overview

Barbados is known to be one of the wealthiest and most developed country in the Eastern Caribbean. In recent years, the country has grown its economic development from agriculture to industrialization and service along with tourism.

Major Economic Hubs: 

Bridgetown, Oistins, Holetown, and Speightstown

Skills in Demand:

Digital Skills, People Management, Business analyst and Information technology engineer.

Local Universities

The top local universities of Barbados are as follows;

University of the West Indies


Barbados : 1

World : 5157

American University of Integrative Sciences


Barbados : 2

World : 10926

American University of Barbados


Barbados : 3

World : 11209

Salary Data

Some of the popular jobs and their annual salaries are listed below:

Job Title Average Salary (BBD) Average Salary (USD)
Financial Manager 6,490 BBD 3225.69 USD
Information Technology Manager 5,240 BBD 2604.41 USD
Business Development Manager 5,150 BBD 2559.68 USD
Human Resource Manager 5,100 BBD 2534.83 USD
Business Analyst 4310 BBD 2142.18 USD
Financial Analyst 4,240 BBD 2107.39 USD
Project Manager 3,920 BBD 2107.39 USD

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards: 

Jobisland, Jobconnect, Glassdoor, LinkedIn

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:

Favio, Caribbean employment services

Employing in Barbados

In order to hire an individual from Barbados, employers should have information about the employment laws and regulations in the country. This section provides such information.

Employee Contract

Employers must provide their employees with employment contracts in the official language of Barbados- English.

Probation Period

The probation period in Barbados is 30 days.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year's Day Public Holiday
21 Jan Errol Barrow Day Public Holiday
15 Apr Good Friday Public Holiday
18 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
28 Apr National Heroes Day Public Holiday
1 May Labor Day / May Day Public Holiday
2 May Day off for Labor Day / May Day Public Holiday
6 Jun Whit Monday Public Holiday
1 Aug Emancipation Day Public Holiday
1 Aug Kadooment Day Public Holiday
2 Aug Day off for Emancipation Day Public Holiday
30 Nov Independence Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday
26 Dec Boxing Day Public Holiday
27 Dec Day off for Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves:

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 15 days Yes
Sick Leave
Maternity Leave 84 days Yes


Payroll Cycle:

The payroll cycle is monthly in Barbados.

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Minimum Wage:

The Minimum wage in Barbados varies from BBD200 to BBD340.

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Overtime Pay:

The overtime pay is 150% above the basic rate on a weekday. It increases to 200% when the overtime falls on public holiday.

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13th Month Pay: 

There is no statutory law for the 13th month pay.

Employee Benefits: 

  1. Old-age Pension: This is for individuals above 67 years of age. And the age of pension is 18 years for a case of a blind person or a deaf-mute.
  2. Unemployment Benefit: This benefit is applicable to unemployed individuals as long as unemployment continues for a period. The individual will be subjected to a maximum of 26 weeks (excluding Sundays) of payment.
  3. Employment Injury Benefit: If the employee is incapable of work due to an accident or disease within the working premises, the employer must provide the contributions for treatment and paid leaves.
  4. Survivor’s Benefit: It can be a grant or pension provided to the employer if the employee dies.
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Employer Payroll Tax:

Funds Contributions
National Insurance 6.75%
Non-Contributory 2.00%
Unemployment 0.75%
Employment Injury 0.75%
Severance 0.50%
Training Levy 0.50%
Health Service Contribution 1.50%

Employee Payroll Tax:

Funds Contributions
National Insurance 6.75%
Non-Contributory 2.00%
Unemployment 0.75%
Training Levy 0.50%
Catastrophe Fund 0.10%
Health Service Contribution 1.00%

Employee Income Tax: 

Algeria follows a progressive income tax structure for individual taxpayers.

Annual Taxable Income Tax Rate
0-50,000 BBD 12.5%
Above 50,000 BBD 28.5%


The standard rate of VAT in Barbados is 17.5%.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

The employment contract can be terminated by any party: employer or employee. However, the notice period is mandatory based on the years of service.

Notice Period

The notice period in Barbados is one week.

Severance Pay

The Severance pay in Barbados is as follows:

Years of Service Severance Pay
10 years of service 1-month pay
10 years to 15 years 1 and half month pay
More than 15 years 2 and half months

Visa and Immigration

A foreign individual seeking employment in Barbados has to get a long term visa to work in the country. The Long term visa is valid for three years, after which the individual has to renew it. The employment contract will be a primary document while applying for the visa.

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