Payroll Cycle
Minumum Wage
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Talent Wiki - Dominica

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Dominica
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Capital
Roseau
Currency
East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Languages
English, Spanish, French Patois, Dominican Creole
Payroll Frequency
Monthly
GDP per Capita
$7,560.00 (2021)
Employer Tax
7.5 (7.25%)

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Dominica

Talent Overview

Dominica is an island nation located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It is a member of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). Its main economy relies on agriculture, financial services, and passport sales. Dominica’s main export is banana however, the country is now exporting small quantities of coffee, patchouli, aloe vera, and other citrus fruits and vegetables. 

Major Economic Hubs: 

Roseau

Skills in Demand:

  • Tourism Professionals
  • Marketing Professionals
  • ICT Professionals

Local Universities

Top local university in Dominica is;

Ross University School of Medicine

RANKING

Local rank: 1

World rank: 4084

All Saints University

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Local rank: 2

World rank: 12503

International University for Graduate Studies

RANKING

Local rank: 3

World rank: 22564

Salary Data

The average monthly salary of some jobs available in Dominicais as follows:

No. Job Title Average Salary Range (in XCD) Salary Range (in USD)
1 Information Technology Manager 2,490.00 921.35
2 Network Engineer 1,200.00 444.03
3 Developer / Programmer 1,470.00 543.93
4 General Manager 2,590.00 958.35
5 Database Administrator 1,490.00 551.33

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards: 

Jobs Island (Dominica), Caribbean Jobs Online

Number of LinkedIn users:

20,730

Top Recruitment Agencies:

Mampa Employment Agency

Employing in Dominica

Hiring in Dominica requires you to be aware of the local employment laws, benefits, payroll, and taxes. Below is everything you need to know on how to successfully onboard talents from Dominica.

Employee Contract

Employing in Dominica requires employers to have a written labor contract for their employees fourteen (14) days before starting employment. The employee must sign the document three days before starting. Contracts in Dominica must be in English.

Probation Period

The probationary period for employees is up to six months.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year's Day Public Holiday
28 Feb Carnival Monday Public Holiday
1 Mar Carnival Tuesday Public Holiday
20 Mar March Equinox Season
15 Apr Good Friday Public Holiday
18 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
2 May Labor Day / May Day Public Holiday
6 Jun Whit Monday Public Holiday
1 Aug Emancipation Day Public Holiday
3 Nov Independence Day Public Holiday
4 Nov Community Service Day Public Holiday
13 Nov Remembrance Sunday Observance
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday
26 Dec Boxing Day Public Holiday
27 Dec Day off for Boxing Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of leave Time period Mandatory
Annual leave/Earned Leave 3 weeks Yes
Maternity Leave 12 weeks Yes
Sick Leave 6 weeks Yes

Payroll

Payroll Cycle:

Workers in Dominica are paid monthly.

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Minimum Wage:

The minimum wage in Dominica is XCD 7.50 (USD 2.78) an hour.

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Overtime Pay:

Employees doing overtime work are compensated at least 1.5x their regular salary.

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Health Examination Clause

Bonus

13th Month Pay: 

The 13th-month pay is not mandatory in Dominica.

Employee Benefits

Full-time employees in Dominica are ensured to have insurance benefits such as

  • ~Short Term Benefits
  • ~Sickness Benefit
  • ~Maternity Benefit
  • ~Maternity Grant
  • ~Employment Injury Benefits
  • ~Employment Injury Benefit
  • ~Disablement Benefit
  • ~Disablement Grant
  • ~Medical Expenses
  • ~Death Benefit
  • ~Long Term Benefit
  • ~Age Benefit
  • ~Age Grant
  • ~Invalidity Benefit
  • ~Invalidity Grant
  • ~Survivors Benefit
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Taxes

Employer Payroll Tax:

Classification Employer Contribution Rate (%)
EE w/ Redundancy 7.5
EE w/o Redundancy 7.25

Employee Payroll Tax:

Classification Employee Contribution Rate (%)
Self-employed 12.75
Regular Employee 11.40

Employee Income Tax:

Income Group (XCD) Tax Rate (%)
1- 20,000.00 15
20,000.01 - 30,000.00 25
> 30,000.00 35

VAT:

Standard VAT in Dominica is 15% (10% on hotel and diving activities).

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

Terminating employees in Dominica are legally bound under the Labour Contracts of Dominica for the valid reasons below:

  • ~Serious misconduct
  • ~Unsatisfactory performance 
  • ~Breach of Conditions of Employment 
  • ~Redundancy
  • ~Extended lay-off

Notice Period

The notice period before termination for regular employees are from 1 - 4 weeks while probationary employees can be terminated anytime without prior notice.

Severance Pay

An employee employed for more than three years but less than five years is entitled to severance pay of one week’s pay for the first three years of service plus two weeks pay for each year after three years.

Employees who served more than five years but less than ten years are entitled to nine (9) weeks of pay plus two weeks of pay for each year after five years.

Employees employed for more than ten (10) years are entitled to 19 weeks of pay plus three weeks' pay for each year after ten years.

Visa and Immigration

Entering Dominica does not require visas for certain countries

If you need to conduct business within the country, you can apply a business visa. You’ll need to have the following documents:

  • ~Valid passport
  • ~Ticket
  • ~Letter of endorsement 
  • ~Address of residence / lodging
  • ~Bank statement 
  • ~Police clearance certificate

You can also apply for an Entrepreneur’s Visa needing you to invest at least $50,000.00 to the government’s investment fund or $100,000.00 to a local financial institution. You need to stay in the country for at least 3 months every year to be eligible for naturalization. This will speed up the process of your procurement of your business visa.

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