Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Macau
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GDP per Capita
Macau SAR (Special Administrative Region) is one of the most open territories since it was handed over to China during the 90’s. Once a Portuguese colony, it now boasts the title “Las Vegas of Asia”. It is the hub for a significant number of casinos in Asia and focuses its development on the gaming, services, and tourism industries. It also has one of the most robust financial systems in Asia despite the Asian financial crisis in 1997-98.
Major economic hubs:
Skills in demand:
Information And Communications Technology Professionals, Gaming Industry Professionals (Casino), Marketing Professionals, Tourism Professionals
The top local universities of Macau with local and world ranks are provided below;
|Job Title||Average Monthly Salary (MOP)||Average Monthly Salary (USD)|
|Chief Information Officer||11,300||1,397|
|Web Security Manager||10,200||1,261|
|Chief IT Security Officer||10,300||1,273|
|Technical Project Manager||9,890||1,222|
|IT Sales Manager||9,760||1,206|
Wages in Macau is paid monthly.
The national minimum wage for Macau is MOP6,656.00 per month.
Overtime hours should not exceed 48 hours a week. A worker will be compensated with an increase of 50% when determined by the employer prior to the engagement. In other cases, it would be 20%.
The 13th-month pay is not mandatory in Macau unless it’s stipulated in the contract.
There are different types of pensions and allowances in the Social Security Benefits in Macau. These are all based on the contributions going into the Social Security Fund by the employers.
|Old Age Pension|
|Category||Amount payable per month|
|Social Security Fund||MOP 60|
|Category||Amount payable per month|
|Social Security Fund||MOP 30|
Income tax is levied at a progressive rate on all annual income as follows:
|Income (MOP)||Marginal Cumulative Tax Liability (MOP)||Tax rate|
|0 to 144,000||0||0|
|144,000 to 164,000||1,400||7|
|164,000 to 184,000||3,000||8|
|184,000 to 224,000||6,600||9|
|224,000 to 304,000||14,600||10|
|304,000 to 424,000||27,800||11|
There is no VAT rate in Macau.
Offboarding & Termination
An employment contract can be terminated with just cause, the company is closing down or the ending of the contract agreement. The notice period comes to an agreement between the employee and employer.
The notice period in Macau depends on the contract between the employee and employer. However, the employee’s notice must not exceed the stated period given by the employer. In the event when the notice period is not stated in the contract it shall be:
Severance pay is only given if the contract is ended by the employer and was done without a just cause. The compensation is explained in the table below.
|Length of Service||Compensation (in days)|
|Probationary period up to 1 year||7|
|> 1 year up to 3 years||10|
|> 3 years up to 5 years||13|
|> 5 years up to 7 years||15|
|> 7 years up to 8 years||16|
|> 8 years up to 9 years||17|
|> 9 years up to 10 years||18|
|> 10 years||20|
Visa and Immigration
Getting a Business Visa for Macau is easy as you can see below. Upon the submission of your application, it’ll take 10 working days to process.
Streamline payroll and compliance for your international workforce
|Visa Application Form|
|Copy of Passport or travel document with the used Visa pages|
|Financial certificate or bank statement|
|Hotel Reservation or Address to stay|
|Certificate of the Trip of Purpose|
|Employment||Employment permit from the department concerned|
|Foreign Labor Dependence||Certificate of Residence Permit from the department concerned|
|Business||Certificate to Macau SAR for business
And an Invitation from the company based in Macau SAR