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Basic Economic Summary

Fiji is one of the most developed economies in the Pacific, with an abundance of forest, minerals, and fish resources. The economy has exhibited one of its primary sources of income in foreign exchange due to the tourism industry and remittances from Fijians who work abroad. With the two major sectors contributing to the country's GDP - tourism and transport; the country has a large set of educated and skilled citizens due to a boom of digitalization and the IT sector in the recent past. Urbanization and expansion in the service sector have also contributed to recent GDP growth.


  • Local Languages: English, Fijian, Fiji Hindi, Rotuman
  • Capital: Suva
  • Major Economic Hubs: Suva, Lautoka, Nadi, Labasa
  • Currency: Fijian Dollar (FGD)
  • Population: 905,460
  • Time Zone: UTC+12 (FJT), UTC+13 (FJST, Summer - DST)
  • Date Format: dd/mm/yyyy

Useful Information

  • GDP Per Capita (in USD): 4700 USD (2021)
  • Exchange Rate (FGD/USD): 0.47 
  • PISA Ranking (2018): Information not available

Local Universities

Top Local Universities

University Name Rankings
The University of South Pacific Ranking in Fiji: 1
World Ranking: 1958
Fiji National University Ranking in Fiji: 2
World Ranking: 3647
The University of Fiji Ranking in Fiji: 3
World Ranking: 10559

You can find more information about average salaries in Fiji on Webometrics.

Salary Data

Average Salary of Jobs (Per Month)

Job Title Average Salary (in FGD) Average Salary (in USD)
Financial Accountant FGD 1,490 - FGD 5,150 USD 732 - USD 2530
Software Engineer FGD 2150 - FGD 7440 USD 1056 - USD 3654
Data Analyst FGD 1980 - FGD 6840 USD 973 - USD 3360
Sales Manager FGD 3620 - FGD 12,500 USD 1778 - USD 6139
Project Manager FGD 2470 - FGD 8530 USD 1214 - USD 4203.53

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

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Employer Payroll Tax

There is no employer payroll taxes in Fiji.

Employee Payroll Tax

Annual Income Group (in FGD) SRT Payables ECAL Payables
0 - 30,000 0% 0%
30,000 - 50,000 0% 0%
50,000 - 270,000 0% 0%
270,000 - 300,000 13% over FGD 270,000 10% over FGD 270,000
300,000 - 350,000 FGD 3900 + 14% over FGD 300,000 10% over FGD 270,000
350,000 - 400,000 FGD 10,900 + 15% over FGD 300,000 10% over FGD 270,000
400,000 - 450,000 FGD 18,400 + 16% over FGD 300,000 10% over FGD 270,000
450,000 - 500,000 FGD 26,400 + 17% over FGD 300,000 10% over FGD 270,000
500,000 - 1,000,000 FGD 34,900 + 18% over FGD 300,000 10% over FGD 270,000
1,000,000 and above FGD 124,900 + 19% over FGD 300,000 10% over FGD 270,000

Employee Income Tax

Annual Income Group (in FGD) Income Tax
0 - 30,000 0%
30,000 - 50,000 18% over FGD 30,000
Above 50,000 FGD 3600 + 20% over FGD 50,000

More information on income tax can be found here.

Minimum Wage & Payroll

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is approximately FGD 2.32 hourly which sums up to FGD 5276 per annum.

Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle followed is monthly. All the bonuses or holiday payments should be made before the holiday begins.


13th month salary

There is no obligatory rule but it is a general practise to pay the 13th month salary as bonus.

Employee Stock Options

There is no provision for employee stock options in Fiji. The employer may provide stock options to employees through a written agreement (also known as an employee contract). However, providing stock options is not a popular work culture in Fiji.

Working Hours & Statutory Leave

Working hours

The working hours are usually limited to a 48 hrs week over a 6 days work week.

Overtime pay

In Fiji, overtime is usually paid at 1.5 times the normal wages and around 2 times if the employee has worked double time.

Public Holidays

The list of public holidays in Fiji can be found here.


Annual Paid Leave

All employees who have worked for a minimum of one year in the same organisation are bound to get 10 days of paid leaves annually.

Sick Leave

In the case of an employment period being less than 3 months, employer is not entitled to pay for the sick leave.

Parental Leave

  • Maternity Leave

For female employees, they are entitled to a continuous leave of 98 days with full pay for the first three births and half the pay for subsequent births.

  • Paternity Leave 

A male employee is entitled to 5 days of paid leave for the birth of his child if his partner is entitled to get the leave.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

An employer may terminate an employee by giving one month’s written notice or any other notice period as agreed by them mutually in the employment agreement. However, in the event of summary dismissal, no notice is required. More detailed information about summary dismissal can be found here.

Notice Period

The notice period specified in the employment contract which is mutually agreed upon by both the employer and the employee is the notice period recognized by law. This is generally 1 month. Incase the contract is silent about the notice period, the following is followed:

Contract Period Notice Period required before employment expires
0 - 7 days No notice period required
7 - 14 days 7 days or more
14 days - 1 month 14 days or more
1 month and above 1 month or more

Severance Pay

On completion of minimum 1 year of service in the same company, an employee is entitled to lump-sum severance pay when the employer terminates the contract or the employee is made redundant.

Probation period

The Employment Relations Law of Fiji remains silent about the probation period.


Providing insurance in the form of Social Security is mandatory in Fiji. Regular contributions to the Social Security Fund by the employer and the employee are important for the employee to claim insurance at the time of need. 

The types of insurance covered under social security include Sickness and Maternity Benefits, Workers’ Medical Benefits, Dependents’ Medical Benefits, Temporary & Permanent Disability Benefits, etc.

Read more here for the eligibility for claiming insurance and the necessary contributions to Social Security.


The standard VAT in Fiji is 9%

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