Remote’s guide to employing in

Uruguay
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  • Capital City

    Montevideo

  • Currency

    Uruguayan peso ($U, UYU)

  • Languages

    Spanish

  • Population size

    35,18,552

Services available in this country:
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Facts & Stats

Uruguay Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Montevideo

  • Currency

    Uruguayan peso ($U, UYU)

  • Languages

    Spanish

  • Population size

    35,18,552

  • Ease of doing business

    Medium

  • Cost of living index

    51.09 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Bi-Monthly/Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    22%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    0.2% (2019)

The Oriental Republic of Uruguay (Spanish: República Oriental del Uruguay) is a democratic constitutional republic that boasts the 12th largest GDP in the Latin Americas, unrivalled levels of democratic freedom, press freedom, political stability, economic equality, and per capita income in South America.

With economic equality and poverty declining while GDP continues to rise, Uruguay is home to a developed workforce where enterprising businesses can expand to, with a positive economic outlook for the foreseeable future.

Grow your team in Uruguay with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Uruguay? Companies hiring in Uruguay must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Uruguay on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Uruguay team. You can also pay contractors now in Uruguay with Remote.

Risks of misclassification

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

Employing in Uruguay

Uruguay adheres to labour standards spelled out in the Constitution, several government edicts, and International Labour Organisation statutes that are designed to provide employee protections and secure workers’ rights for Uruguay’s workforce of 1.6 million.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include 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 Uruguay.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is fixed at 19,364 Uruguayan Pesos ($466.27) per month.

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.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Uruguay fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 10 working days.

13th Salary

In Uruguay, 13th month salary (or just 13th salary) is a bonus payment made to employees that is equivalent to 1/12 of the employee's annual salary, paid by the employer in two instalments during a period that runs from December 1 of one year to November 30 of the following year.
The 13th month salary in Uruguay is to be paid in two instalments:

  1. June: Corresponding to the amount earned from December 1 through May 30.

  2. December (between the 14th and 23rd): Corresponding to the amount earned from June 1 through November 30.

5 Public holidays

Jan
Monday 1 January, 20241New Year's Day (Año Nuevo)
May
Wednesday 1 May, 20242International Workers' Day (Día Internacional de los Trabajadores)
Jul
Thursday 18 July, 20243Constitution Day (día de la Constitución)
Aug
Sunday 25 August, 20244Declaration of Independence (Declaración de la independencia)
Dec
Wednesday 25 December, 20245Christmas Day (Navidad)

Competitive benefits package in Uruguay

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).

Our benefits packages in Uruguay 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 Uruguay

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

  • 5%

    Health Insurance contribution

  • 0.1%

    Labour Re-conversion Fund

  • 7.5%

    Pension Fund contribution

  • 0.025%

    Labour Credit Guarantee Fund

Types of leave

Employees are entitled to 20 days’ holiday annually, used in the year following the holiday accrual. After the fifth year of employment, an extra day off is acquired, with a day added every four years until it maxes out at 25 days’ holiday annually.

During their annual holiday, employees are entitled to their full wages, as well as holiday benefits equivalent to 100% of their normal wages.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employers have the right to terminate employees, provided prior notice is provided, along with a severance package.

Notice period

There is no officially stipulated notice period in Uruguay.

Severance pay

The figure varies based on whether the workers' payment cycle is monthly or daily (except for dismissal with cause, which in the Uruguayan system implies misbehaviour by the employee). The length of employment agreement also impacts severance:

  • Fixed-Term Contracts: When employees work until the end of the term agreed in their labour contract, they won't be entitled to severance compensation. In case they are terminated earlier, salaries until the end of the term agreed must be paid.

  • Indefinite Term Contracts: Employees are entitled to severance payments which includes one months salary for every year employed up to six months of salary.

Fair Pricing in Uruguay

Employer of Record

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  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

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  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

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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

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$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

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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