Hire employees and contractors in Antigua and Barbuda

Remote’s guide to employing in Antigua and Barbuda.

  • Capital city

    Saint John's

  • Currency

    Eastern Caribbean dollar
    ($, XCD)

  • Population size

    97,928
    (2020)

  • Languages spoken

    English, Antiguan and Barbudan Creole

  • Availability

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Facts & Stats

This jewel in the Caribbean has been continuously inhabited since 3100 BC — millennia before Columbus ventured into the region. It consists of two major islands, Antigua and Barbuda, with 97% being residents of Antigua, their people can be called Antiguan or Barbadian.

Today, Antigua and Barbuda is famous around the world as an exotic tourist vacation destination with a beach for every day of the year — yes, 365 pristine beaches. You’ll also find zip lines crisscrossing dense rainforest, hiking trails across Antigua’s numerous beaches, and majestic hills jutting out from the sun-washed landscape.

While the infrastructure is not as advanced as more favored Central American nomad hotspots, there are plenty of worse places to land if you plan on working remotely.

  • Capital city

    Saint John's

  • Currency

    Eastern Caribbean dollar
    ($, XCD)

  • Languages spoken

    English, Antiguan and Barbudan Creole

  • Population size

    97,928 (2020)

  • Ease of doing business

    Medium

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    15%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    -20.2% (2020)

Grow your team in Antigua and Barbuda with Remote

To employ in Antigua, companies must own a local legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solution. Managing payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance in Antigua can get complicated, especially without established local relationships. 

Remote’s global employment solution makes it easy for your company to employ workers in Antigua quickly, efficiently, and in full compliance with all applicable labor laws. We take on the responsibility and legal risks of international employment so you can focus on hiring great talent and growing your business.

Risks
of misclassification

Like many other countries, Antigua treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time workers differently and there are risks associated with misclassification.

Employing in Antigua and Barbuda

Provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights are spelled out in the Constitution and the Labour Code of Antigua and Barbuda.

Employees in Antigua enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include the minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Antigua.

Competitive benefits package in Antigua and Barbuda

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practicing “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

Our benefits packages in Antigua and Barbuda are tailored to fulfill the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Mental Health Support
  • Pension or 401(K)
  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in Antigua & Barbuda

Learn how employment taxes affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Antigua & Barbuda.

  • Employer

    • 8%: Social security (charged on income up to EC$ 6,500, ie., $2405.14)

  • Employee

    • 6%: Social security (charged on income up to EC$ 6,500, ie., $2,405)

Types of leave

Paid time off

All employees are entitled to 12 days of paid vacation annually, with benefits paid before vacation commences.

Public holidays

There are 10 public holidays.

Sick leave

12 days of sick leave with full pay.

Maternity leave

Female employees are entitled to 13 weeks of fully paid maternity leave with benefits equivalent to 60% of their normal wages.

Paternity/parental leave

Fathers are entitled to fours days of paid paternity leave.

Other leave

  • Marriage: 2 working days
  • Birth of a child: 4 working days;
  • Death of the spouse: 6 working days;
  • Death of an ascendant or a direct descendent of first degree: 3 working days;
  • Death of a brother or a sister: 2 working days;
  • Death of the father-in-law or mother-in-law: 2 working days;
  • Death of a brother-in-law or a sister-in-law: 1 working day;
  • Relocating residence: 2 working days.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employment contracts can either be terminated with justification or at an employer’s justification, provided severance compensation is paid to the employee.

Notice period

Employees are to be notified at least a month before termination is scheduled to take effect.

Severance pay

Employees are entitled to a day’s pay for every month of service after they’ve completed a year of service with an employer.

Probation periods

Probation periods are limited to three months unless a longer timeframe is agreed upon by collective bargaining.

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