Remote’s guide to employing in

Dominica
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With localised contracts, easy invoice management, and best-in-class compliance, you can grow your team in Dominica with confidence. Currently, you can hire and manage contractors in Dominica through Remote, but our EOR services are not yet live.

  • Capital City

    Roseau

  • Currency

    Eastern Caribbean dollar ($, XCD)

  • Languages

    English, Dominican Creole and French

  • Population size

    71,991

Services available in this country:
Contractor Management
Dominican Cruise Port

Facts & Stats

Dominica Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Roseau

  • Currency

    Eastern Caribbean dollar ($, XCD)

  • Languages

    English, Dominican Creole and French

  • Population size

    71,991

  • Ease of doing business

    Medium

  • Cost of living index

    N/A

  • Payroll frequency

    Bi-monthly or monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    15%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    -16.6% (2020)

Dominica sits north of Martinique and South of Guadeloupe in a belt of French-influenced islands in the heart of the Caribbean. Often Confused with the Dominican Republic, Dominica is much smaller in terms of population and economic output.

The island has been traditionally reliant on agriculture and sadly predisposed to hurricanes which constantly place this industry into peril. Since the turn of the century, Dominica has seen a groundswell of interest from tourists looking to explore the natural beauty of the island. There is also a burgeoning offshore financial services sector driving some growth in the country.

Grow your team in Dominica with Remote

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

Note that we are busy building our own entity in Dominica 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 Dominica, 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 Dominica can get complicated fast, especially without localised 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

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

Employing in Dominica

Employment regulation in Dominica is spelled out across legal statutes such as the Labour Standards Act of 1977 and the Labour Contracts Act of 1983 which defines provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights for Dominica’s workforce of 4.8 million.

Employees in Dominica 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 Dominica.

Minimum wage

Dominica operates a tiered minimum wage scale that businesses are expected to pay employees according to how much the business is valued.

  • Businesses worth DOP 4 million, i.e., Dominican Pesos ($70212.19): DOP 17,610 ($309.11)

  • Businesses worth more than DOP 2 million ($35106.10): DOP 12,107 ($212.51)

  • Businesses worth less than DOP 2 million ($35106.10): DOP 10,730 ($188.34)

Competitive benefits package in Dominica

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “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 Dominica, but our benefits packages for all countries are tailored to fulfil 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 Dominica

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Dominica.

  • 7.10%

    Pension and disability

  • 7.09%

    Health Insurance

  • 1.2%

    Work Injury

  • 1%

    Technical Education (INFOTEP)

Types of leave

Employees are entitled to two weeks of leave annually after a year spent working with an employer. This increases to three weeks off a year after spending 5 years working with an employer.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can either be terminated at will or with justification, provided the appropriate notice period is provided.

Notice period

Employees who’re dismissed on justified grounds are entitled to only 48 hours of notice before being let go. On the other hand, employees who’re terminated at will are entitled to notice periods depending on their seniority:

  • Up to three months of employment: seven days’ notice

  • Six months: 14 days’ notice

  • One year: 28 days’ notice

Severance pay

Employees are entitled to severance packages depending on their tenure with an employer’s organisation.

  • 3 – 6 months: 6 days’ pay

  • 6 – 12 months: 13 days’ pay

  • 1 – 5 years: 21 days pay for every year worked

  • 5+ years: 23 days’ pay for every year worked

Probation periods

Probation periods can last up to three months.

Fair Pricing in Dominica

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors

USD 29

per contractor/month

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Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

USD 50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising 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 labour authority reporting handled for you

HRIS

Manage all of your employees in one place

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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