Payroll Cycle
Minumum Wage
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Talent Wiki - Samoa

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Samoa
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Capital
Apia
Currency
Samoan Tala (WST)
Languages
Samoan and English
Payroll Frequency
Monthly
GDP per Capita
$6,766 (PPP, 2020)
Employer Tax

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Samoa

Talent Overview

Samoa, an island country located in the Oceania region between Hawaii and New Zealand, is mostly focused on subsistence farming. About 90% of the country’s exports are agricultural products, and two-thirds of the labor force works in the sector.

Major Economic Hubs: 

Apia, Salelologa

Skills in Demand:

Medical professionals, finance and mechanical jobs

Local Universities

The most popular university in the island nation of Samoa is as below:

Le lunivestie Aoao o Samoa

RANKING

Belarus : 1

World : 7187

Salary Data

Commonly found per month salaries in Samoa range from 620 WST (base average) to 10,900 WST (top average, actual salary amount could be higher).

Job title Average salary (WST) Average Salary (USD)
Accountant 1570 591.22
Receptionist 850 317.99
Secretary 1040 389.03
Human resource officer 1390 519.92

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards: 

Maoriandpacificjobs, myjobssamoa

Number of LinkedIn users:

15 thousand

Top Recruitment Agencies:

Infinity Samoa, Digicel Samoa Network Center

Employing in Samoa

Get to know the standard employment regulations in the country of Samoa. It is essential to understand the working conditions, annual leaves, and other entitlements for the employees.

Employee Contract

The language of the contract has to be Samoan or English, depending on the employee’s preference.

Probation Period

Samoa follows a probationary period of three months for the employees.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year's Day Public Holiday
2 Jan Day After New Year's Day Public Holiday
3 Jan Day off for Day After New Year's Day Public Holiday
15 Apr Good Friday Public Holiday
16 Apr Day After Good Friday Public Holiday
18 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
9 May Mother's Day Public Holiday
1 Jun Independence Day Public Holiday
15 Aug Father's Day Public Holiday
10 Oct Lotu a Tamaiti Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday
26 Dec Boxing Day Public Holiday
27 Dec Day off for Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 10 days yes
Sick Leave 10 days yes
Maternity Leave 6 weeks yes

Payroll

Payroll Cycle:

In Samoa, the employees are paid wages on a monthly basis.

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Minimum Wage:

The minimum yearly wage in Samoa is USD 2,838.

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Overtime Pay:

Hours exceeding 40 a week are considered overtime. During the weekdays, Saturdays, and commission holidays, the overtime rate is 150% of the current pay, while work on Sundays and public holidays are paid at 200%.

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Health Examination Clause

Bonus

13th Month Pay: 

No mandatory status for 13th-month pay.

Employee Benefits: 

No compulsory benefits are followed in Samoa but are subject to employer discretion. Commonly found benefits include: 

  • ~Maternity leave
  • ~Paternity leave
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Taxes

Applicable progressive rates on small business annual income are summarized below, which are the same rates that apply to an individual's (i.e., employee) salary and wage income.

Annual Income Earned Tax Rate
Income below SAT 15,000 Nil
SAT 15,001 - SAT 25,000 20%
Above SAT 25,001 27%

Salary and wage tax rates for individual taxpayers

Fortnightly Rate Annual Rate
$0 - $576 Nil $0 - $15,000 Nil
$577 - $962 20% $15,001 - $25,000 20%

VAT:

Samoa charges all goods and services at 15%.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

The employment contract for an unspecified period can be terminated by either party by giving notice.

Notice Period

For wage workers above a year of service, the notice period is 1 month, and for permanent employees over an employment period of 1 year, it is 3 months.

Severance Pay

In Samoa, the severance pay is based on the period of employment. For employment terms less than a year, no severance pay is provided. Beyond that, for continuous service, the severance pay is calculated as: 4 weeks pay + 2 weeks pay for every extra year of service, up to a maximum of 48 weeks. 

Visa and Immigration

Every non-citizen trying employment beyond three months in the country has to apply for a Foreign Employee Employment Permit (FEEP). The Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Labor is responsible for accepting these applications and issues employment permits.

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