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Tonga Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Tonga




Tongan paʻanga (TOP)


Tongan, English

Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

The Kingdom of Tonga is a polynesian archipelago located in the southern part of the Pacific Islands. Their main economic activity is agriculture and is known for exporting products such as vanilla bean, yam, squash, cocoa, coffee, and fish. Tonga is undergoing plans in developing its private sector and optimizing its agricultural production to encourage investors in the country.

Major economic hubs:

Nuku'alofa, Lapaha, Neiafu

Skills in demand:

Healthcare, Education, Sales and Marketing, IT services

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Tonga are as follows:

Uni1 34

Atensi Institute


Local: 1

World : 24299

Salary Data

Average monthly salaries for some job positions in Tonga are as follows;

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (in TOP) Average Monthly Salary  (in USD)
Product Engineer 1,770 761.45
Software Engineer 1,790 770.06
Data Analyst 1,770 761.45
User Experience Designer 1,660 714.13
Project Manager 2,140 920.63
National Sales Manager 4,010 1725.10
Management Accountant 1,490 641

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Jora , JobIsland

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:


Employing in Tonga

The workers from the Kingdom of Tonga are protected by the country’s elaborate labor code. Employers are expected to be familiar with the regulations before looking into hiring locals in the country.

Employee Contract

Employment contracts or agreements in Tonga may either be written or verbal. It must provide details of the job roles and responsibilities and the terms & conditions of their employment. These agreements are communicated in the country’s official languages.

Probation Period

Employees in Tonga are given a probation period of not more than 6 months.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day Public Holiday
29 Mar Good Friday Public Holiday
1 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
25 Apr ANZAC Day Public Holiday
3 Jun Day off for Emancipation Day Public Holiday
4 Jul Birthday of His Majesty King Tupou VI Public Holiday
17 Sep Birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto’a-‘Ulukalala Public Holiday
4 Nov Constitution Day Public Holiday
2 Dec Day off for Anniversary of the Coronation of King Tupou I Public Holiday
4 Dec Anniversary of the Coronation of King Tupou I Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday
26 Dec Boxing Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 12 days Yes
Sick Leave 10 days Yes
Maternity Leave 30 days Yes



Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

Payroll schedule for employees in Tonga varies depending on what was stated in their contract. They may be paid daily, weekly, bi-monthly or monthly.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

There is no required minimum wage amount for employees in Tonga. Salary will be negotiated directly with the employer or will be based on a collective agreement.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

The overtime rate may depend on what was agreed upon on the employment contract or may be calculated by multiplying 125% by the amount of overtime work performed.


13th Month Pay

There are no regulations for a 13th month pay in Tonga.

Employee Benefits

Some of the employee benefits in Tonga includes:

  • Mandatory Leaves
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Death Benefit
  • Social Security


Employer Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Tax Rate
National Retirement Benefit Scheme 5%

Employee Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Tax Rate
National Retirement Benefit Scheme 5%

Employee Income Tax

Gross Income (TOP) Tax Rate
0 – 12,000 0%
12,001 – 30,000 10%
30,001 – 50,000 15%
50,001 – 70,000 20%
70,001 and over 25%


The standard VAT in Tonga is 15%

Offboarding & Termination

Termination of employment contract by the employer may occur in the following instances:

  • Summary Dismissal
  • Unsatisfactory performance and conduct
  • Redundancy

A notice must be given to inform the employee of the decision to end the contract. In the case of termination due to misconduct, an employer is not obliged to provide a notice.

The notice period for employees in Tonga under probation is up to one week while regular employees are given up to 2 weeks.

Employers are expected to pay their employees’ remaining wages and the accrued amount of their benefits upon termination. For termination due to redundancy, an employee is entitled to one week’s worth of pay on top of their other entitlements (leaves and unpaid wages).

Visa and Immigration

Foreign workers must secure an employment visa to stay in Tonga for employment. They must apply for this visa a month prior to their stay in Tonga to prevent penalties. Employment visas are valid for up to 2 years and can be renewed thereafter.

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Minimum Wage

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