Remote’s guide to employing in

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

  • Capital City

    Kathmandu

  • Currency

    Nepalese rupee (रू, NPR)

  • Languages

    Nepali

  • Population size

    28,095,714

Services available in this country:
Contractor Management
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Facts & Stats

Nepal Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Kathmandu

  • Currency

    Nepalese rupee (रू, NPR)

  • Languages

    Nepali

  • Population size

    28,095,714

  • Ease of doing business

    Easy

  • Cost of living index

    28.86 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    N/A

  • VAT - standard rate

    13%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    7.0 (2019)

Nepal has the world’s densest concentration of World Heritage sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square.

It’s home to the majestic Himalayas —Everest (or, Chomolungma in Nepalese), and eight of the other top ten highest peaks in the world. Nepal is also the world’s largest producer of mustard seed & the third-largest of ginger and is home to 125 different ethnic groups and castes.

Grow your team in Nepal with Remote

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

Note that we are busy building our own entity in Nepal 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 Nepal, 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 Nepal 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

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

Employing in Nepal

Workers' rights in Nepal are protected by:

  • The Nepalese Constitution of 2015

  • The Labour Act of 2017

  • The Social Security Act of 2018

  • The Nepalese Trade Union Act of 1992

— all of which guarantee equal pay for equal work, the right to individual and collective labour disputes, safe working environements, and protections against discrimination based on age, religion, 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 Nepal.

Minimum wage

Nepal’s minimum wage is fixed at NPR 15,000 ($121) per month although skilled employees will negotiate rates on a case-by-case basis which will tend to be higher than the minimum wage.

Competitive benefits package in Nepal

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 Nepal, 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 Nepal

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

  • 20%

    Social security

Types of leave

Workers are entitled to one day’s paid vacation for every 20 days worked. That ranges between 12.5 days off a year (five days a week, 250 days a year) and 15.5 days (six days a week, 310 days a year).

Employment termination

Termination process

Employers can dismiss employees for poor performance, conviction for a criminal charge, medical incapacity, the expiration of their contract, or serious misconduct such as getting violent at work, fraud, theft, taking unapproved leave of up to 30 days, and falsifying documents.

Employees should generally be notified of a pending termination at least seven days in advance so they can offer an explanation for their behaviour; on the other hand, terminations for misconduct are effective immediately.

Notice period

The notice period depends on how long an employee has been working:

  • Up to four week: one day

  • From four weeks to one year: seven days

  • More than one year: 30 days

Severance pay

Nepali workers are only entitled severance payments if they’re not eligible for unemployment benefits, in which case the employer has to pay the employee a month’s salary for every year they’ve been employed.

Upon dismissal, an employer must pay the employee the cash value of any unused leave they’ve accrued.

Probation periods

Limited to six months.

Fair Pricing in Nepal

Contractor Management

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USD 29

per contractor/month

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  • 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