Remote’s guide to employing in

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

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Jamaican dollar ($, JMD)

  • Languages


  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
A view from the top of a mountain in jamaica.

Facts & Stats

  • Capital City


  • Currency

    Jamaican dollar ($, JMD)

  • Languages


  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index


  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    2.9% (2020)

Jamaica needs no introduction. From rum to reggae, beautiful beaches to Usain Bolt, this small Caribbean nation punches above its weight in terms of worldwide cultural influence. Along with the world’s fastest sprinters, Jamaica is also famous for the sport of cricket, a legacy of the island’s UK colonial past. The natural beauty of Jamaica remains a compelling drawcard, particularly for nearby US tourists. Pristine Caribbean coastline, a thriving nightlife scene, and untouched tropical forests draw in over one million international tourists every year — roughly a third of Jamaica’s native population.

The country is an ideal anchor point for digital nomads looking to explore the Caribbean (as long as appropriate work permits are secured). Sadly, many Jamaicans still emigrate in search of employment opportunities. Despite economic challenges, employers on the lookout for talent will find many skilled workers looking for the opportunity to earn a competitive global wage and remain based in their homeland.

Grow your team in Jamaica with Remote

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

Risks of misclassification

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

Employing in Jamaica

Provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights are outlined in various pieces of Jamaican legislation, including the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act and the Employment (Termination and Redundancy Payments) Act. These laws guarantee equal pay for equal work and protections against discrimination.

Hiring managers can expect to receive questions from Jamaican candidates around topics like 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 Jamaica.

Minimum wage

As of June 1, 2024, the minimum wage in Jamaica will be increased to JMD 15,000 per week for a 40-hour work week.

Competitive benefits package in Jamaica

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 Jamaica, 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

Fair Pricing in Jamaica

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, localised 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, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll


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


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