Hire employees
and contractors in Mauritius

Capital city
Port Louis
Currency
Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
Population size
1,265,475 (2019)
Languages spoken
French, English
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Grow your team in Mauritius with Remote

Remote currently offers contractor payment and management services in Mauritius. We are busy building our own entity in the country to provide you with best possible employment solutions for your employees.

  • Capital city
    Port Louis
  • Currency
    Mauritian rupee (MUR)
  • Languages spoken
    French, English
  • Population size
    1,265,475 (est. 2019)
  • Ease of doing business
    Very Easy
  • Cost of living index
    52.57 (2021)
  • Payroll frequency
  • VAT – standard rate
    15%
  • GDP - real growth rate
    3.0 (2019)
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Facts & stats

Ranked as the most peaceful African nation, Mauritius fosters a prominent welfare state that offers universal healthcare, free education, and free public transport— all of which serve to make it one of Africa’s most socially advanced nations.

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Risks of misclassification

Mauritius, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time workers differently and there are risks associated with misclassification.
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Employing in Mauritius

Employment regulations in Mauritius are guided by principles spelled out in statutes such as:

  • The Employment Relations Act
  • The Employment Relations (Amendment) Act of 2019
  • The Workers’ Rights Acts

These regulations define specific provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights for Mauritius’ workforce of 584,000. Employees in Mauritius enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, sexual orientation, 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 Mauritius.

Public holidays

Date Holiday Name Extra information
New Year’s Day
Thaipusam
Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery
Lunar New Year
Maha Shivratri
Mauritian National Day
Ugadi
Labour Day
Eid al-Fitr
Ganesh Chaturthi
All Saints’ Day
Commemoration of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers
Diwali
Christmas Day
Minimum
Wage

The Mauritian minimum wage is set at 2,250 rupees ($54.35) per week or 9,000 rupees ($217.40) monthly.

Payroll
Cycle
For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.
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Competitive benefits package in Mauritius

Remote can help you develop a customized, compliant benefits package for your employees in Mauritius. If you have questions or would like to offer a custom benefit, let us know and we can help.

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Taxes in Mauritius

Learn how employment taxes affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Mauritius.

  • Employer

    • 6% - Pension fund (for all employees earning over MUR 50,000 per month)
    • 2.5% - National Savings Funds (charged on salaries paid to employees, up to a ceiling of MUR 19,900)
    • 1% - Supplementary National Savings Contribution (considered a levy, this is a flat rate calculated from the employee's basic salary, and paid by the employer only)
  • Employee

    • 3% - National Pension Fund (for all employees earning over MUR 50,000 per month)
    • 1% - National Savings Fund (charged on salaries, up to a ceiling of MUR 19,900)
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Types of leave

Paid
time off

After working with an employer for the first 12 months, Mauritian employees are entitled to 22 days of paid leave every year.

Public
holidays

There are 16 public holidays Mauritian employees can take as paid days off. If expected to work on a public holiday, employees are entitled to double their normal wages for the first eight hours of work done before 10 p.m. and triple their normal wages for any work exceeding eight hours or lasting past the hour of 10 p.m.

Sick
leave

After working for an employer for 12 months consecutively, employees are entitled to 20 days of sick leave annually, which can be accrued up to a maximum of 90 days.

Maternity
leave

Female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave, starting six months before delivery, and remunerated at a 100% rate if the employee has worked with the employer for 12 months consecutively. The mother must take at least seven weeks of this allotted leave after delivery of the child. In case of a stillbirth, the employee is entitled to 14 weeks’ leave on full pay.

Paternity/Parental
leave

Fathers get five paid days of paternity leave off work.

Other
leave
  • Bereavement leave: Upon the death of an employee, the employer is mandated to issue a bereavement benefit to the employee’s spouse or whoever demonstrates that they bore the funeral expenses.
  • Adoption: Female employees who’ve been engaged with the same employer for 12 months consecutively are entitled to 14 weeks of fully paid adoption leave if the latter adopts a child aged below 12 months.
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Employment
termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can be terminated if a just cause is established, such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or any other work-related offenses. Otherwise, employees must be informed in advance if the decision is business inclined.

Notice period

Mauritian employees are entitled to a minimum 30 day notice period. Longer notice periods may be stipulated in employment agreements, but this figure can not be less than 30 days. Employees who’ve been employed for three years or more are entitled to three months of advance notice.

Severance pay

Severance payments are calculated based on an employee’s tenure and the justification behind a termination.

If termination is justified because of an employee’s actions, the severance package will be equal to a quarter of a month’s wages multiplied by the number of years the employee has worked. Otherwise, for unjustified (or purely economic) terminations, the severance pay is equal to three months’ wages paid for each year the employee has served with the employer.

Probation periods

Probation periods can last anywhere from three to six months, or as long as required, depending on the length of the employment contract.

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