Remote’s guide to employing in

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Make employment in Guatemala easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Guatemala, all in one easy-to-use platform.

Services available in this country:
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  • Capital City

    Guatemala City

  • Currency

    Guatemalan quetzal (Q, GTQ)

  • Languages


  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
An aerial view of the tikal temple complex.

Facts & Stats

  • Capital City

    Guatemala City

  • Currency

    Guatemalan quetzal (Q, GTQ)

  • Languages


  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index

    62.6 (2024)

  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    3.4 (2019)

The Republic of Guatemala is located in Central America, and shares a border with Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Belize. It was home to a large part of the Mayan civilization, and continues to attract millions of tourists to important historical sites, such as the ancient city of Tikal.

Guatemala has a diverse economy, although agriculture, textiles, and apparel are the country’s most important sectors. With a bilingual workforce and a relatively low cost of living, it has become an attractive location for many businesses looking to outsource in recent years.

Grow your team in Guatemala with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Guatemala? Companies hiring in Guatemala must either own a local legal entity or work with a global employment platform like Remote that can legally provide employment services in the country.

Remote can employ team members in Guatemala and keep you compliant at all times. Remote can hire, onboard, and pay your team in Guatemala so you don't have to set up local HR services in the region. Remote also makes it easy to pay contractors in Guatemala. to get started or talk to an expert for more details.

Risks of misclassification

Guatemala, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Guatemala may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Guatemala

Guatemala’s employment regulations are laid out in the country’s Labor Law (El Derecho de Trabajo). Typical working hours are considered to be around 44 hours per week.

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Competitive benefits package in Guatemala

At Remote, we’re passionate about helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in developing globally competitive benefits programs. This means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive, and your company has the localized expertise needed to attract and keep the best global talent.

Our benefits packages in Guatemala are tailored to fulfill the local needs of 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

Fair Pricing in Guatemala

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $599/month

for annual plans

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localized benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors


per contractor/month

Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localized contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility


Consolidate your multi-country payroll


per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralizing payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labor authority reporting handled for you

HR Management

Manage all of your employees in one place


Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app