Remote’s guide to employing in

Bangladesh
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  • Capital City

    Dhaka

  • Currency

    Bangladeshi taka (৳, BDT)

  • Languages

    Bengali

  • Population size

    161,376,708

Services available in this country:
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Facts & Stats

Bangladesh Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Dhaka

  • Currency

    Bangladeshi taka (৳, BDT)

  • Languages

    Bengali

  • Population size

    161,376,708

  • Ease of doing business

    Below average

  • Cost of living index

    33.31 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    15%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    8.2% (2019)

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh (Bengali: গণপ্রজাতন্ত্রী বাংলাদেশ) is a parliamentary constitutional republic, that’s neighbored by India and Myanmar and is boasts the honor of being the eight-most populous country in the world.

Home to the Bengal tiger, the world’s longest stretching beach, an outsized textile industry, and the most expansive mangrove forest in the world, Bangladesh combines Asian charm with rich culture and profuse biodiversity.

While Bangladesh still has work to do reducing inequality and eliminating extreme poverty, globalization has been opening up the nation’s economy, creating a new breed of experts your business can depend on as you expand across the globe.

Grow your team in Bangladesh with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Bangladesh? Companies hiring in Bangladesh 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 Bangladesh and keep you compliant at all times.

Remote can hire, onboard, and pay your Bangladesh team so you don't have to set up local HR services in the region. Remote also makes it easy to pay contractors in Bangladesh. Sign up now to get started or talk to an expert for more details.

Risks of misclassification

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

Employing in Bangladesh

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Bangladesh is fixed at 1,500 taka per month ($17.63) for employees who’re not covered by industry-specific wages; workers in the garment industry (one of Bangladesh’s largest employment sectors) earn a minimum of 8,000 takas ($94) per month.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Minimum Onboarding Time

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

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

21 Public holidays

Feb
Wednesday, February 21, 20241Language Martyrs' Day (ভাষা শহীদ দিবস)
Monday, February 26, 20242Shab-e-Barat (শব-ই-পশ্চিম)
Mar
Sunday, March 17, 20243Mujib's Birthday (মুজিবের জন্মদিন)
Tuesday, March 26, 20244Independence & National Day of Bangladesh (স্বাধীনতা দিবস)
Apr
Friday, April 5, 20245Jumatul Bidah (স্বাধীনতা দিবস)
Sunday, April 7, 20246Night of Destiny (নিয়তির রাত)
Wednesday, April 10, 20247Festival of Breaking the Fast (দ্রুত বিরতি উত্সব)
Thursday, April 11, 20248Second Day of the Festival of Breaking the Fast (রোজার ভাঙ্গা উৎসবের দ্বিতীয় দিন)
Friday, April 12, 20249Third Day of the Festival of Breaking the Fast
Sunday, April 14, 202410Bengali New Year's Day (বাংলা নববর্ষের দিন)
May
Wednesday, May 1, 202411Labor Day (শ্রমদিবস)
Wednesday, May 22, 202412Buddha's Birthday (বুদ্ধের জন্মদিন)
Jun
Monday, June 17, 202413Feast of the Sacrifice (কোরবানির পর্ব)
Tuesday, June 18, 202414Feast of the Sacrifice (কোরবানির পর্ব)
Jul
Wednesday, July 17, 202415Ashura (আশুরার)
Aug
Thursday, August 15, 202416National Mourning Day (জাতীয় শোক দিবস)
Monday, August 26, 202417Janmashtami (জন্মাষ্টমী)
Sep
Monday, September 16, 202418Birth of the Prophet (নবীর জন্ম)
Oct
Sunday, October 13, 202419Durga Puja (দুর্গা পূজা)
Dec
Monday, December 16, 202420Victory Day (বিজয় দিবস)
Wednesday, December 25, 202421Christmas Day (ক্রিসমাস ডে)

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Competitive benefits package in Bangladesh

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

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

  • 5%

    Workers Profit Participation Fund (employers only subject depending on eligibility)

Types of leave

After spending an entire year working for an employer, employees are entitled to one day’s vacation for every 18 days worked, apart from certain exceptions:

  • 1 day every 22 days worked, in the case of tea plantation workers, and

  • 1 day every 11 days worked, in the case of newspaper workers.

This equates to between 11 – 22 days off annually.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can either be terminated at will or with just cause established, such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or any other work-related offenses.

Notice period

Employers are only required to provide prior notice to employees who’re being let go without any justification. This mandatory period ranges from 60 days for general workers to 120 days for employees who’re compensated monthly.

In case of termination by the employer: 30 days notice is required for monthly rated workers and 14 days in the case of other workers (payment in lieu is also an alternative).

In case of termination by the employee: A temporary worker may resign from service by giving the employer in writing with 30 days notice in the case of a monthly rated worker or 14 days for other workers (payment in lieu is also an alternative).

Severance pay

Gratuity is a discretionary monetary benefit scheme offered by an employer upon completion of service of an employee. For every type of separation, the employee becomes entitled to an amount as either 'compensation' or 'gratuity' (if any), whichever is higher as stated in the relevant provisions under the Bangladesh Labour Act, 2006 (hereinafter referred to as BLA).

In case, if an organisation does not have any gratuity scheme, then the employer is liable to pay compensation, as per the BLA at the time of separation. Gratuity or compensation payment shall be in addition to any payment of wage/salary in lieu of notice due to separation of service of an employee on different grounds.

An employee will be entitled to gratuity only when he has been in uninterrupted service for more than 1 year with the organization. Completion of more than 6 months of service will be deemed as 1 year from the second year.

Fair Pricing in Bangladesh

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Contractor Management

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  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

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  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localized contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

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  • Reduce costs by centralizing 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 labor authority reporting handled for you

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  • 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