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Basic Economic Summary

Brunei has the second-highest Human Development Index among the Southeast Asian nations, after Singapore, and is classified as a developed country making it a country preferred by a lot of employees to work at. While being heavily dependent on the agriculture industry, the economy is known for industries such as the finance and banking sector with a large contribution of the infrastructure-related businesses.

Basic Information

  • Local Languages: Arabic, Brunei Malay, Chinese, English, Standard Malay (Official), Indian and Nepali
  • Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan
  • Major Economic Hubs: Bandar Seri Begawan, Kuala Belait, Seria, Tutong
  • Currency: Brunei Dollar (BND)
  • Population: 437,479 (2020)
  • Time Zone: UTC+8 (Brunei Darussalam Time)
  • Date Format: dd/mm/yyyy

Useful Information

  • GDP Per Capita (in USD): $31,087
  • Exchange Rate (BND/USD): 0.748827
  • PISA Ranking (2018): 53

Local Universities

Renowned Local Universities:

University Ranking
Universiti Brunei Darussalam Country Rank: 1

World Rank: 3192

Universiti Teknologi Brunei Country Rank: 2

World Rank: 3244

Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali Country Rank: 3

World Rank: 7712

Politeknik Brunei Country Rank: 4

World Rank: 15177

You can find the list of renowned universities in Brunei here.

Salary Data

Job TitleAverage Salary (BND)Average Salary (USD)
Customer Service Representative2,2001,648
Software Engineer3,7602,817
Software Developer3,3052,476
Data Scientist5,2903,964
UX Designer2,7802,083
Product Manager4,2503,185
Sales Representative2,0101,506

More information about average salaries in Brunei can be found here.

Talent Sourcing Tips

English Proficiency: High Proficiency

Number of LinkedIn Users (2021): 86,300

Top Local Job Portals: JobsBrunei.com, JobsCentre Brunei, JobRank

Top Recruitment Agencies: Nor & Allan Employment Agency, Roze Rohaya Employment Agency, Ajeets Brunei


Employer Payroll Tax

Type of Tax Contribution (%)
Supplemental Contributory Pension Scheme (SCP) 3.5%

The employer payroll tax can be found here.

Employee Payroll Tax

Type of Tax Contribution (%)
Supplemental Contributory Pension Scheme (SCP) 3.5%
State managed provident fund (Tabung Amanah Perkerja (TAP)) 5%

Minimum Wage & Payroll

Minimum Wage

No minimum wage.

Payroll Cycle

An employee must be paid at least once a month.

All salary other than overtime payment must be paid within 7 days after the end of the salary period.

Salary for overtime must be paid within 14 days after the end of the salary period.


13th month salary

Not mandatory.

Employee stock options

There is no provision for employee stock options in Brunei, however, if the employer wishes to provide employee stock options as a part of incentives, necessary taxes must be paid at the time the stocks are converted to shares by the employees.

Taxes levied are can be found here.

Working Hours & Statutory Leave

Maximum working hours

An employee shall not be permitted to work for more than 12 hours in any day.

An employee shall not be permitted to work overtime for more than 72 hours a month.

Break hours

An employee shall not be required to work more than 6 consecutive hours without a period of leisure.

Overtime pay

In the case of a person employed on a monthly rate pay, 12 x the employee’s monthly basic rate of salary divided by 52 x 44 hours.

In the case of a person employed on pieces rates, the total weekly salary at the basic rate of salary received divided by the total number of hours worked in the week.

Public Holidays

The public holidays can be found here.

Annual Leave

Employees are given 7 days of annual leave in respect of the first 12 months of continuous service with the same employer.

They are entitled to an additional day’s annual leave for every subsequent 12 months of continuous service with the same employer and up to a maximum of 14 days of such leave.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to 14 days outpatient sick leave per year and 60 days hospitalisation leave.

Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

Employees have a maternity leave which is a minimum of 91 days off with 100% compensation.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

A termination of contract may occur when:

  • Upon completion or expiry of the employment contract
  • There is mutual agreement to terminate
  • There has been a breach of contract

Notice Period

Employment PeriodNotice Period
0 – 26 weeks1 day
26 weeks – 2 years1 week
2 years – 5 years2 weeks
≥ 4 weeks4 weeks

Severance Pay

If the employee is terminated by the employer, he is entitled to receive his total salary due.

If the employee resigns:

  • Has served notice period – must be paid all salary due on the last day of employment.
  • Without giving notice and serving the notice period – all salary due must be paid within 7 days after employee’s last day.

Probation period

The probation period should not exceed 90 consecutive days.


It is mandatory for employers to cater to provide social security to their employees in Brunei. Social security covers Medical Benefits wherein the government provides free healthcare that includes outpatient and inpatient care provided by registered medical practitioners (should be an approved hospital). 

The contributions to social security by the employer and the employee must be 5% each respectively.

The medical benefits for dependents are the same as what is provided to the employee. Ministry of Health registers physicians and approves hospitals to provide health care services to residents of Brunei.

Further details can be found here.


There is no VAT in Brunei.

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