Employ in Antigua and Barbuda with ease.

Remote makes employment in Antigua and Barbuda easy. With our localized contracts, easy invoice management, and best-in-class compliance, you can grow your global team with confidence. Note that we can currently employ contractors in Antigua and Barbuda but our employer of record services are not yet live.

  • Capital city

    Saint John's

  • Currency

    Eastern Caribbean dollar
    ($, XCD)

  • Languages spoken

    English, Antiguan and Barbudan Creole

  • Services available

    Services available:

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


  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    -20.2% (2020)

Grow your team in Antigua and Barbuda with Remote

You can pay contractors now in Antigua and Barbuda with Remote in some currencies (talk to an expert now for full details).

Note that we are busy building our own entity in Antigua and Barbuda to provide you with the best possible employment solutions for your employees, but our employer of record service is not yet live in this country.

To employ in Antigua and Barbuda, companies must own a local legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solution. Developing the processes required to manage payroll, benefits, taxes, and onboarding in countries like Antigua and Barbuda can get complicated fast, especially without localized expertise.

If you're looking to start hiring in a country like this, partnering with a global employment solution like Remote makes it easy for your company to employ workers quickly, cost-effectively, and in full compliance with all local legislation.

In the countries where we do offer our EOR services, Remote takes 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.

If you're worried about whether to hire contractors or employees in Antigua and Barbuda or anywhere else around the world, Remote can help. Our Solutions Consulting team are experts in preventing misclassification risks. Download our Contractor Compliance Checklist for a solid overview, then talk to our team about your specific situation.

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).

We are still busy building our own entity in Antigua and Barbuda, but our benefits packages for all countries 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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