Payroll Cycle
Minumum Wage
Location Minimum Wage
Free Trade Zones 8,310 DOP
Outside Free Trade Zones 7,843 - 12,873 DOP


Business Size Minimum Wage
Large Enterprises 17,610,264 DOP
Medium-Sized Enterprises 12,107.08 DOP
Small Enterprise 10,729,224 DOP
Overtime Pay
Overtime Period Compensation
Every hour above the 44-hours weekly limit Premium of 135%
Every hour in excess of 68 hours a week Premium of 200%
Visa Immigration

Talent Wiki - Dominican Republic

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Dominican Republic
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Capital
Santo Domingo
Currency
Dominican Peso (DOP)
Languages
Spanish, Haitian Creole, Samana English
Payroll Frequency
Monthly or bi-weekly
GDP per Capita
7,750.00 USD
Employer Tax
16.39%

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Dominican Republic

Talent Overview

The Dominican Republic has experienced a remarkable period of robust economic growth over the last 25 years. The country’s GDP is estimated to reach 88.00 USD Billion this 2022 driven by tourism, remittances, foreign direct investment, mining revenues, free-trade zones, and telecommunications. This makes the Dominican Republic the second fastest growing economy in Latin America and the country is on track to achieve high-income status by 2030.

Major Economic Hubs: 

Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Pedro de Macorís

Skills in Demand:

Socio-cultural and community services, electricity and electronics, health and wellness, hotels and tourism, and construction and mining. 

Local Universities

Top local university in Dominican Republic is;

Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

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Local rank: 1

World rank: 2023

Universidad Iberoamericana

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Local rank: 2

World rank: 3093

Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo

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Local rank: 3

World rank: 3164

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

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Local rank: 4

World rank: 3263

Universidad APEC

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Local rank: 5

World rank: 3512

Salary Data

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

No. Job Title Average Salary (in DOP) Average Salary (in USD)
1 Accounting Assistant 10,400 DOP 188.79 USD
2 Financial Analyst 25,900 DOP 470.16 USD
3 Graphic Designer 12,800 DOP 232.36 USD
4 Business Development Manager 31,900 DOP 579.07 USD
5 Project Manager 22,700 DOP 412.07 USD
6 Human Resources Manager 28,100 DOP 510.09 USD
7 Developer/Programmer 19,200 DOP 348.53 USD

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards: 

Indeed, LinkedIn, Jobfinder, OpcionEmpleo, BuscoJobs

Number of LinkedIn users:

999,600

Top Recruitment Agencies:

Michael Page, AIMS, Chronos Consulting

Employing in Dominican Republic

Before hiring talents in the Dominican Republic, employers should know the basic labor laws, employment terms, deductions and benefits. This section has all the necessary information that employers can use.

Employee Contract

The Dominican Republic Labor Laws accept verbal and written contracts. Employers can choose from either Spanish or English for the contract's language.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year's Day/Año Nuevo National holiday
6 Jan Epiphany National holiday
10 Jan Epiphany National holiday
21 Jan Our Lady of Altagracia National holiday
24 Jan Day off for Duarte's Day National holiday
27 Feb Independence Day National holiday
15 Apr Good Friday National holiday
1 May Labor Day National holiday
2 May Day off for Labor Day National holiday
16 Jun Corpus Christi National holiday
16 Aug Restoration Day National Holiday
24 Sep Our Lady of Las Mercedes National Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day/Natividad National holiday

Payroll

Payroll Cycle:

Dominican Republic workers are paid once a month, usually at the last day of the month. However, some businesses are implementing bi-monthly cycles to pay employees on the 15th and last day of the month.

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Minimum Wage:

The Dominican Republic's minimum wage depends on where the business is located and the size of the enterprise.

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Overtime Pay:

The weekly and daily work limits are 44 hours per week and 8 hours per day, respectively. Employees who work more than the regular hours a week should be paid as follows:

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Bonus

13th Month Pay: 

Employees receive a 13th salary or Christmas salary by December 20 each year.

Employee Benefits

The Dominican Republic’s statutory benefits offer a lot of coverage for its members. Below are some benefits they provide: 

  • ~Social Insurance (Cash sick and/or maternity benefit)
  • ~Medical Benefits
  • ~Nursing Allowance
  • ~Unemployment 
  • ~Retirement
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Taxes

Employer Payroll Tax:

Tax Rate Contribution
7.10-% Pension
7.09% Family Healthcare
1.2% Labour Risk Insurance
1% Governmental Training Institution (INFOTEP)

Employee Payroll Tax:

Tax Rate Contribution
2.87% Pension
3.04% Family Healthcare
0.5% Governmental Training Institution (INFOTEP)

Employee Income Tax:

Tax Rate Contribution
0 - 416,220.00 DOP 0%
416,220.00 DOP - 624,329.00 DOP 15%
624,329.00 DOP - 867,123.00 DOP 20%
867,123.00 DOP and higher 25%

VAT:

The standard rate for VAT is 18%.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

A written notice and an explanation for the termination is required to start the process.

Notice Period

The notice period depends on the employee’s tenure in the organization:

Tenure Notice Period
3 - 6 months 7 days
6 months - 1 year 14 days
More than 1 year 28 days

Severance Pay

In the event of a termination, the employer must give severance pay within 10 days and must follow the severance pay structure below:

Tenure Pay Rate
3 - 6 months 6 days of salary
6 - 1 year 13 days of salary
1 - 5 years 21 days of salary
5 years and more 23 days of salary

Visa and Immigration

Foreign nationals wishing to work in the Dominican Republic must obtain the following:

Type of Visa Purpose
Business Visa (For Employment Purposes) For assignments of one year or less
Temporary Residence Permit For assignments more than one year

All visas must be granted by consular post with Ministry of Foreign Affairs authorization.

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