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Maldives PEO &
Employer of Record

SALARY PAYMENT IN Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR)

CONTRACT LANGUAGES Dhivehi / English

PAYROLL TAX 7%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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PEO in Maldives

Horizons ensures day-to-day guidance to help your business navigate Dubai labor laws and regulations.

As the Dubai 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 Dubai Tax Office. 

Partnering with our Dubai PEO is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Dubai market.

Facts & Stats

PEO Platform Hire in Maldives, and pay employees through our platform or app. PEO Cost Our Maldives PEO solution is the most affordable on the market. Time-to-hire Fast onboarding in Maldives, hire in as little as 24 hours.
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Employment Laws

Maldives employment contracts

Employment contracts can technically be verbal or written in the Maldives, but we strongly recommend that you always use written employment contracts for your hires. These formal contracts should include details such as salary/wage, working hours and duties, and any other relevant information. They should be written in the local language of Dhivehi and use the Maldivian rufiyaa currency.

Fixed-term
Probationary period3 months (max.)
Termination notice period

2 weeks notice: 6 months – <1 year’s service

4 weeks notice: 1 – 5 years’ service

8 weeks notice: 5+ years’ service

Severance

3 months’ salary (standard)

Indefinite contracts
Probationary period3 months (max.)
Termination notice period

2 weeks notice: 6 months – <1 year’s service

4 weeks notice: 1 – 5 years’ service

8 weeks notice: 5+ years’ service

Severance

3 months’ salary (standard)

Working hours in Maldives

The typical working week in the Maldives is between 40 and 48 hours, spread across five days.

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National holidays in Maldives

There are several national holidays in UAE, for which most employees receive the day off work:

Maldives has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2023 these holidays are:

DateHoliday name
1 Jan SundayNew Year’s Day
20 Apr ThursdayEid al-Fitr Holiday (Tentative Date)
21 Apr FridayEid al-Fitr (Tentative Date)
22 Apr to 23 AprEid al-Fitr Holiday (Tentative Date)
27 Jun TuesdayArafat (Hajj) Day (Tentative Date)
28 Jun WednesdayEid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) (Tentative Date)
29 Jun to 30 JunEid al-Adha Holiday (Tentative Date)
21 Jul FridayAl-Hijra (Islamic New Year) (Tentative Date)
29 Sep FridayMouloud (Tentative Date)
1 Dec FridayDay off for Commemoration Day
2 Dec SaturdayNational Day
3 Dec SundayNational Day Holiday

Vacation in Maldives

Employees in the Maldives are generally entitled to 30 days of paid vacation leave each year.

Sick leave in Maldives

After two continuous days of absence through sickness, employees in the Maldives are entitled to sick leave compensation.

Maternity and paternity leave in Maldives

Female employees in the Maldives are entitled to 60 days of paid maternity leave.

Employee severance and terminations in Maldives

Employers in the Maldives must provide notice of termination in most cases. The mandatory minimum notice period varies depending on the employee’s length of service, but is generally between two weeks and two months. Severance payments are less common, but are often expected for senior-level employees.

Tax laws in Maldives

The personal income tax in the Maldives is progressive, ranging from 0% to 15% of income depending on income level.

The corporate tax rate in the Maldives is either 0% (for profits under 500,000 MVR per year) or 15% (for companies earning over 500,000 MVR per year). Some other companies, such as banks, may have different tax rates.

Health insurance in Maldives

Healthcare in the Maldives is state funded in many cases, but private medical insurance is still commonly used and may be expected by employees.

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Compensation & Benefits

Compensation laws in Maldives

The current (2020) minimum wage in the Maldives is set at 3,100 rufiyaas per month, but this is potentially set to increase in 2021.

Benefit management in Maldives

Setting up your Maldivian benefits system as a foreign employer can be difficult. The laws are complicated, bureaucratic procedures can be slow, and legislation can change regularly, all of which can make it a very time-consuming 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 Maldives 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

A Maldives PEO and a Maldives EOR are two types of companies which specialize in providing human resources services to businesses in Maldives.

The main difference between a Maldives PEO and a Maldives EOR is in the scope of their services.

Maldives PEOs provide a full range of HR services, including payroll, benefits administration, and employee recruiting—all under one roof as a co-employer. Engaging a Maldives PEO is essentially outsourcing your HR duties in Maldives.

Maldives EORs actually take over as the legal employer of your employees based abroad. Maldives EORs become responsible for labor compliance for your employees in Maldives.

At Horizons, we offer both PEO and EOR services in Maldives. Get in touch now and let us know what service you are seeking.

A PEO in Maldives can feasibly hire both local and foreign nationals to work in Maldives.

However, the ability of Horizons to sponsor your foreign national employee in Maldives 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’ Maldives PEO 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 Maldives.

It is possible to get a work visa in Maldives. 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 Maldives are limited, however—get started today to secure your employees’ visa spot.