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Talent Wiki - Myanmar

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Myanmar




Burmese Kyat (MMK)


Burmese (official), English

Payroll Frequency

Daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly

GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Agriculture is the main occupation of Myanmar, and it constitutes almost 65% of the GDP and employs about 65% of the population. Other prominent industries in Myanmar are copper, tin, tungsten, cement, construction, and garments. 

Major economic hubs:

Naypyidaw, Yangon

Skills in demand:

Engineering (Civil and Petroleum), Sales and Business Development, Marketing and Creative design, and Software Programming.

Local Universities

The local universities of Myanmar with ranks are mentioned below;

Yangon University


Local: 1

World: 9538

Mandalay University


Local: 2

World: 10103

Yangon Technological University


Local: 3

World: 10570

University of Computer Studies


Local: 4

World: 10665

Yezin Agricultural University


Local: 5

World: 11130

Salary Data

Average monthly salary in Myanmar:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (MMK) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Accounting Manager 810,000 MMK 385 USD
Software Engineer 510,000 MMK 242 USD
Data Analyst 489,000 MMK 232 USD
UX Designer 388,000 MMK 184 USD
Product Manager 776,000 MMK 368 USD
Sales Manager 936,000 MMK 444 USD

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards

JobNet, Myjobs, JobsinYangon

Number of LinkedIn Users


Top Recruitment Agencies

Myanmar Human Capital Solutions, 40hrs, Executive Search

Employing in Myanmar

Below listed are the key points an employer must keep in mind while seeking employees in Myanmar.

Employee Contract:

Generally, a particular language is not required in the LOA (letter of appointment); however, the Ministry of Labour requires that the Employment Contract be bilingual (both Burmese and English) upon registration.

Probation Period

The probationary period for employees in Myanmar is as per the employer’s discretion, however, it should be in accordance with the local labor laws.

Public and Provincial Holidays 2023:

Date Holiday Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day Public Holiday
4 Jan Independence Day Public Holiday
12 Feb Union Day Public Holiday
2 Mar Peasants’ Day Public Holiday
5 Mar Full Moon Day of Tabaung Public Holiday
27 Mar Armed Forces Day Public Holiday
9 to16 Apr Thingyan Water Festival Public Holiday
17 Apr Myanmar New Year Public Holiday
1 May Labour Day Public Holiday
3 May Full Moon Day of Kasong Public Holiday
19 Jul Martyrs’ Day Public Holiday
1 Aug Full Moon Day of Waso Public Holiday
28 Oct Full Moon Day of Thadingyut Public Holiday
29 Oct Full Moon Day of Thadingyut Public Holiday
30 Oct Full Moon Day of Thadingyut Public Holiday
26 Nov Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone Public Holiday
27 Nov Full Moon Day of Tazaungmone Public Holiday
7 Dec National Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday
31 Dec New Year Holiday Public Holiday

Employee Leaves:

Type of Leave Duration Mandatory
Annual Leave 10 days Yes
Sick Leave 30 days Yes
Maternity Leave 14 weeks Yes


Payroll Cycle

Employees in Myanmar can be paid daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Minimum Wage

As of 2022, the minimum wage followed in Myanmar is 4800 MMK per Day.

Overtime Pay

Maximum overtime permitted in Myanmar is 12 hours a week, paid at 200% of the standard hourly wage.


13th Month Pay:
There is no legal provision for 13th-month pay in Myanmar. However, the employers can provide the bonus on their discretion. 

Employee Benefits:

  • Maternity Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Social Security
  • Medical Insurance


Employer Payroll Tax:

Type of Tax Rate
Social Security 3%

Employee Payroll Tax:

Type of Tax Rate
Social Security 2%

Employee Income Tax:

Employee Type Tax Rate
For Resident foreigners Progressive rates from 1% to 25%
For Non-resident foreigners Progressive rates from 1% to 25%


There is no VAT in Myanmar; however, commercial tax is generally rated at 5%.

Offboarding & Termination

To terminate an employee for misconduct, the employer must state a list of misconduct offenses in the employment contract and ensure that the employee has had 3 written prior warnings and had the time to improve their performance before the termination.

The notice period in Myanmar is dependent on a mutual discussion between the employer and the employee, and should be in accordance with the labor laws of Myanmar.

Service length Severance Pay
Six months to One year Half month
One to two years One month
Two to three years One and Half months
Three to four years Three months
Four to six years Four months
Six to eight years Five months
Eight to ten years Six months
Ten to twenty years Eight months
Twenty to Twenty five years Ten months
Above Twenty five Thirteen months


Visa and Immigration

The Stay Permit allows a foreigner to work for three months or one year without re-entry to Myanmar. A Stay Permit and a valid Multiple Journey Special re-entry Visa will enable a foreigner to work while traveling in and out of Myanmar.

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