Remote’s guide to employing in

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

  • Capital City

    Saint John's

  • Currency

    Eastern Caribbean dollar ($, XCD)

  • Languages

    Antiguan and Barbudan Creole and English

  • Population size

    97,928

Services available in this country:
Contractor Management
The port of St Johns on Antigua and Barbuda

Facts & Stats

Antigua and Barbuda Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Saint John's

  • Currency

    Eastern Caribbean dollar ($, XCD)

  • Languages

    Antiguan and Barbudan Creole and English

  • Population size

    97,928

  • Ease of doing business

    Medium

  • Cost of living index

    N/A

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    15%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    -20.2% (2020)

This jewel in the Caribbean has been continuously inhabited since 3100 BC — millennia before Columbus ventured into the region. It consists of two major islands, Antigua and Barbuda, with 97% being residents of Antigua, their people can be called Antiguan or Barbadian.

Today, Antigua and Barbuda is famous around the world as an exotic tourist vacation destination with a beach for every day of the year — yes, 365 pristine beaches. You’ll also find zip lines crisscrossing dense rainforest, hiking trails across Antigua’s numerous beaches, and majestic hills jutting out from the sun-washed landscape.

While the infrastructure is not as advanced as more favored Central American nomad hotspots, there are plenty of worse places to land if you plan on working remotely.

Grow your team in Antigua and Barbuda with Remote

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

Note that we are busy building our own entity in Antigua and Barbuda 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 Antigua and Barbuda, 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 Antigua and Barbuda can get complicated fast, especially without localized 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

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

Employing in Antigua and Barbuda

Provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights are spelled out in the Constitution and the Labour Code of Antigua and Barbuda.

Employees in Antigua enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, 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 Antigua.

Competitive benefits package in Antigua and Barbuda

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 Antigua and Barbuda, 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 Antigua and Barbuda

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

  • 8%

    Social security (charged on income up to EC$ 6,500, ie., $2405.14)

Types of leave

All employees are entitled to 12 days of paid vacation annually, with benefits paid before vacation commences.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employment contracts can either be terminated with justification or at an employer’s justification, provided severance compensation is paid to the employee.

Notice period

Employees are to be notified at least a month before termination is scheduled to take effect.

Severance pay

Employees are entitled to a day’s pay for every month of service after they’ve completed a year of service with an employer.

Probation periods

Probation periods are limited to three months unless a longer timeframe is agreed upon by collective bargaining.

Fair Pricing in Antigua and Barbuda

Contractor Management

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  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

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$50

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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

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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