Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Kiribati
Kiribati Dollar, Australian Dollar
GDP per Capita
Kiribati is an island nation in the Central Pacific Ocean with a population of 123,724. The country recorded a GDP growth of 1.5% in 2021. The local government invested nearly 32% of the GDP on social protection to safeguard the economy from COVID-19 effects. The economy has stabilised thanks to public expenditure and the revival of infrastructure projects.
Major economic hubs:
Tarawa, Betio Village, Bikenibeu Village
Skills in demand:
Subsistence farming, Tour guides, Entrepreneurs, Industrial managers
Top local universities in Kiribati with ranks are mentioned below:
The table below mentions some common jobs in Kiribati with average monthly salary:
|No.||Job Title||Average Monthly Salary (in AUD)||Average Monthly Salary (in USD)|
|1||Financial Manager||8,190 AUD||5590.54 USD|
|2||General Manager||7,010 AUD||4785.06 USD|
|3||Business Development Manager||6,540 AUD||4464.24 USD|
|4||Financial Analyst||5,130 AUD||3501.77 USD|
|5||Business Analyst||5,090 AUD||3474.46 USD|
|6||Project Manager||5,250 AUD||3583.68 USD|
Kiribati follows a monthly payroll cycle
The minimum wage in Kiribati is AUD 1.30 per hour for local businesses and AUD 3.00 for overseas-funded projects.
The standard working hours in Kiribati are 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. In case an employee works additional hours, they are liable to receive overtime pay as per the following table:
Kiribati does not mandate 13th-month pay.
|Contribution||Tax rate (%)|
|Contribution||Tax rate (%)|
|Tax payer||Income slab||Tax rate (%)|
|Residents||Income up to AUD 25,000||20%|
|Income between AUD 25,001 – AUD 50,000||30%|
|Income More than AUD 50,000||35%|
Offboarding & Termination
An employee under an indefinite contract can only be terminated due to performance-related reasons or redundancy. Fixed-term contracts in Kiribati are terminated as soon as they expire. Employers must give the reason for termination in writing before the last date of employment.
The notice period in Kiribati is given as follows:
|Length of service||Notice period|
|Up to 2 years||2 weeks|
|More than 2 years||4 weeks|
According to the Labour Law, upon termination, the employer must provide compensation based on mutual agreement or payment in lieu of notice.
Visa and Immigration
The Kiribati work permit is granted to applicants who meet certain requirements and submit the necessary documents. The foreigner must be between the ages of 20 and 45 and have a medical certificate proving their good health. Some applicants shall submit a character certificate with a clean police record.
The employer must submit the relevant documents in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. The Ministry also grants temporary/permanent residency visas to foreign employees.
Streamline payroll and compliance for your international workforce
|Day of work||Overtime pay|
|Weekdays and Saturday||150%|
|Sundays and public holidays||200%|