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Bahamas EOR & PEO

SALARY PAYMENT IN Bahamian Dollar (BSD)

CONTRACT LANGUAGE English

PAYROLL TAX 5.9%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE
24 hours

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Hire in Bahamas

Horizons ensures day-to-day guidance to help your business navigate Bahamas labor laws and regulations. Horizons also ensures payroll is processed weekly or fortnightly (the standard periods in Bahamas), and that taxes are withheld as required. As the Bahamas Employer of Record, Horizons is responsible for employee income tax withholding, payment of payroll taxes to state authorities, and submission of tax returns to the Bahamas Tax Office.  Partnering with our Bahamas EOR is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Bahamas market.

Note, a Bahamas Employer of Record is also known as a Bahamas Professional Employer Organization (PEO).

Facts & Stats

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EOR Cost

Our Bahamas EOR solution is the most affordable on the market.

Time-to-hire

Fast onboarding in the Bahamas, hire in as little as 24 hours.

Contracts

We draft labor contracts compliant with the Bahamas’ labor law.

Local Benefits

We administer all mandatory benefits and contributions in the Bahamas.

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Employment Laws

Bahamas employment contracts

Employment contracts in the Bahamas can technically be either verbal or written. However, we strongly recommend providing formal written contract of employment whenever hiring in the country. These contracts should cover all necessary details of the role such as compensation, benefits, working hours, and so on. They should also be written in English and use the national currency of the Bahamian dollar.

Fixed-term
Probationary period 12 months (standard)
Termination notice period 4 weeks notice
Severance 1 month’s salary per year of service (max. 12 month’s salary)
Indefinite
Probationary period 12 months (standard)
Termination notice period 4 weeks notice
Severance 1 month’s salary per year of service (max. 12 month’s salary)

Working hours in the Bahamas

The standard working week in the Bahamas is 40 hours, consisting of five eight-hour days. However, the work culture is very relaxed at many companies, so hours can often be flexible.

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Public holidays in the Bahamas

There are several annual public holidays in the Bahamas, which most employees receive as leave from work:

Bahamas has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2024 these holidays are:

DateHoliday name
1 Jan MondayNew Year’s Day
2 Jan TuesdayNew Year’s Day observed
10 Jan WednesdayMajority Rule Day
29 Mar FridayGood Friday
1 Apr MondayEaster Monday
20 May MondayWhit Monday
7 Jun FridayRandol Fawkes Labour Day
10 Jul WednesdayIndependence Day
5 Aug MondayEmancipation Day
14 Oct MondayNational Heroes Day
25 Dec WednesdayChristmas Day
26 Dec Thursday Boxing Day

Vacation in the Bahamas

After one year of service with an employer, employees in the Bahamas can take paid vacation leave. The length of the vacation leave allowance is dependent on the length of service and usually ranges from ten to 15 days.

Sick leave in the Bahamas

Employees in the Bahamas are usually entitled to between one and two weeks of paid sick leave annually. A medical note is generally required as proof of sickness. You should always be sure to lay out the exact terms in an employment contract.

Parental leave in the Bahamas

Employees in the Bahamas are generally entitled to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave after one year of service with an employer. This leave can only be taken once every three years from the same employer.

Employee severance and terminations in the Bahamas

In general, employees in the Bahamas are entitled to between two and four weeks of notice prior to termination. The exact length of notice depends on the employee’s length of service with an employer.

Taxation in the Bahamas

Employees and employers in the Bahamas must pay a percentage of salaries as social security contributions. Employees pay 3.9% and employers pay 5.9%. Employees must also pay a 9.8% national insurance, which should be withheld by the employer.

The Bahamas does not have an income tax and tax revenue is instead derived from VAT and other forms of taxation.

There is no corporate income tax in the Bahamas.

Health insurance in the Bahamas

There is a public healthcare system in the Bahamas, but it is limited to certain groups such as the elderly. For this reason, many employees expect private medical insurance to be provided by their employer as part of their benefits packages.

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Compensation & Benefits

Compensation laws in the Bahamas

The minimum wage for employees in the Bahamas is $260 (BSD) per week in most cases.

Benefit management in the Bahamas

Setting up your Bahamian benefits system as a foreign employer is a complicated process. The laws are complex, federal and provincial differences need to be taken into account, and it may be necessary to send representatives. All of this can make it a lengthy and expensive process.

Outsourcing your benefit management process ensures that you fully understand and adhere to the rules, ensuring your compliance and speeding up the process significantly. At Horizons, our Bahamas employment experts will help you to find and arrange your benefits, advise on your strategy, and ensure compliance with the law.

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FAQs

Generally speaking, the terms “Bahamas PEO” and “Bahamas EOR” are used interchangeably.

A EOR in the Bahamas can feasibly hire both local and foreign nationals to work in the Bahamas.

However, the ability of Horizons to sponsor your foreign national employee in the Bahamas may be limited due to visa quotas practiced in many countries.

Contact us with your requirements and our Global Mobility team with review the case and get back to you within 2 business days.

In most cases, Horizons’ Bahamas EOR can hire & onboard your employee within 24 hours. The actual start date of the employee will depend on their notice period obligation to their previous employer as well as any relevant hiring rules in the Bahamas.

It is possible to get a work visa in the Bahamas. Horizons’ Global Mobility team is a dedicated team of work visa experts. They assess the details of each case to determine feasibility and costs before Horizons applies for the work visa on behalf of your employee. If the Global Mobility team determines that your case is feasible, the process is smooth and transparent. Visa spots in the Bahamas are limited, however—get started today to secure your employees’ visa spot.