Payroll Cycle
Minumum Wage
Per Month Per Week Per Day Per Hour
Minimum Wage (MOP) 6,656.00 1,530.00 256.00 32.00
Overtime Pay
Visa Immigration
General Requirements
Visa Application Form
Copy of Passport or travel document with the used Visa pages
Financial certificate or bank statement
Employment Certificate
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

Talent Wiki - Macau

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Macau
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Macanese Pataca
Cantonese, Portuguese, Mandarin, English, Macanese Portuguese
Payroll Frequency
GDP per Capita
Employer Tax
MOP 60

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Macau

Talent Overview

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

Local Universities

The top local universities of Macau with world rank are:

University of Macau


Macau : 1

World : 735

Macau University of Science & Technology


Macau : 2

World : 1265

Macau Polytechnic Institute


Macau : 3

World : 3835

City University of Macau


Macau : 4

World : 4739

University of Saint Joseph (Macau Inter-University Institute)


Macau : 5

World : 5744

Salary Data

No. Job Title Salary Average (in MOP) Salary Average (in USD)
1 Chief Information Officer 12,200 1,509.31
2 IT Project Manager 11,100 1,373.22
3 Web Security Manager 10,200 1,261.88
4 Chief IT Security Officer 10,300 1,274.25
5 Technical Project Manager 9,890 1,223.53
6 IT Sales Manager 9,760 1,207.45
7 Infrastructure Manager 10,800 1,366.11

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Portals

Job Island, Ecity Works, macauHR

Number of LinkedIn Users (2022)


Top Recruitment Agencies

Links International, INS Global Consulting

Employing in Macau

Hiring employees in Macau is fairly straightforward when you have a strong grasp on its employment laws, benefits, payroll, and tax systems. You can strengthen your knowledge with the information below to hire and onboard talents in Macau successfully.

Employee Contract

Employment contracts in Macau are not required in writing. However, when hiring employees with fixed-term contracts, variable labor contracts, and non-resident worker contracts; and employing minors, a written contract is required. In practice, written employment contracts are given by the employers in Macau.  The language used for written contracts can be either English, Cantonese, or Portuguese.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year's Day Obligatory Holiday
3 Jan New Year Holiday Public Employees
31 Jan Lunar New Year Eve Half Day for Public Employees
1 Feb Lunar New Year (First Day) Obligatory Holiday
2 Feb Lunar New Year (Second Day) Obligatory Holiday
3 Feb Lunar New Year (Third Day) Obligatory Holiday
5 Apr Cheng Ming Festival Obligatory Holiday
15 Apr Good Friday Public Holiday
16 Apr Holy Saturday Public Holiday
18 Apr Holy Saturday Holiday Public Employees
1 May Labor Day / May Day Obligatory Holiday
2 May May Day Holiday Public Employees
8 May Buddha's Birthday Public Holiday
9 May Buddha's Birthday Holiday Public Employees
3 Jun Dragon Boat Festival Public Holiday
11 Sep Day after the Mid-Autumn-Festival Obligatory Holiday
12 Sep Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday Public Employees
1 Oct National Day of the People's Republic of China Obligatory Holiday
2 Oct Day after PRC National Day Public Holiday
3 Oct Day off for National Day of the People's Republic of China Public Employees
4 Oct Chong Yeung Festival (Festival of Ancestors) Obligatory Holiday
5 Oct Day off for Day after PRC National Day Public Employees
2 Nov All Soul's Day Public Holiday
8 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception Public Holiday
20 Dec Macau S.A.R. Establishment Day Obligatory Holiday
22 Dec Winter Solstice Public Holiday
24 Dec Christmas Eve Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday
26 Dec Christmas Eve Holiday Public Employees
27 Dec Christmas Day Holiday Public Employees


Payroll Cycle

Wages in Macau is paid monthly.

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Minimum Wage 

Click on the link below to get more details about the national minimum wage for Macau:

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Overtime Pay

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%.

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Health Examination Clause


13th Month Pay

The 13th-month pay is not mandatory in Macau unless it’s stipulated in the contract.

Employee Benefits

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
Disability Pension
Unemployment Allowance
Sickness Allowance
Birth Allowance
Marriage Allowance
Funeral Allowance
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Employer Payroll Tax

Category Amount payable per month
Social Security Fund MOP 60

Employee Payroll Tax

Category Amount payable per month
Social Security Fund MOP 30

Employee Income Tax

Income tax is levied at a progressive rate on all annual income as follows:

Income (MOP) Marginal Cumulative Tax Liability (MOP) %
0 - 144,000 0 0%
144,000 - 164,000 1,400 7%
164,000 - 184,000 3,000 8%
184,000 - 224,000 6,600 9%
224,000 - 304,000 14,600 10%
304,000 - 424,000 27,800 11%
424,000 and above - 12


There is no VAT rate in Macau.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

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.

Notice Period

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:

  • ~15 days in case of rescission by employer
  • ~7 days in case of rescission by employee

Severance Pay

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


1 year up to 3 years


3 years up to 5 years


5 years up to 7 years


7 years up to 8 years


8 years up to 9 years


9 years up to 10 years


10 years


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.

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