Country Information

Anguilla is a British territory in the Caribbean. The official language is English, but several indigenous languages are spoken throughout the island. Tourism is the staple of the economy in Anguilla, which also hosts a robust banking and offshore financial sector. A business-friendly government, low taxes, and economic stability all contribute to making Anguilla a choice destination for expansion.

Employment Contracts

Employment contracts can be either written or oral. Employers are required to provide a letter of employment to the employee within 10 working days of engagement which includes:

  • Name and address of the employer and employee
  • Start date
  • End date if for a fixed term
  • Job title and responsibilities
  • Salary and pay interval
  • Work hours, rest periods and overtime rates
  • Vacation
  • Notice period for termination
Working Hours

The standard workweek is 40 hours and eight hours per day. Overtime is paid at a percentage of the basic rate.

Sick Leave

Employees receive 14 days of paid sick leave after one year of service. Part-time employees are entitled to one paid sick day for every 22 days worked, after working at least 110 days.

Maternity/Paternity Leave

Female employees receive 14 weeks of paid maternity leave after one year of service. There is also a maternity grant after 26 weeks of employment. Male employees are entitled to one month of unpaid paternity leave, as well as a paternity benefit of two weeks payable at a percentage of the basic wage.

Compensation

Anguilla does not have a minimum wage, but has enacted legislation to establish a Minimum Wage Advisory Committee for the purpose of studying and recommending a minimum wage. Bonuses are common in Anguilla.

Vacation Leave

Employees receive 12 days of paid annual leave after one year of service. This increases to 15 days after five years of service and 20 days after 10 years of service. Employees also receive fully paid leave for jury duty or court hearings.

Public Holidays

The following public holidays are observed in Anguilla:

  • New Year’s Day
  • James Ronald Webster Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Labor Day/May Day
  • Anguilla Day
  • Whit Monday
  • Celebration of the birthday of the Queen
  • August Monday
  • August Thursday
  • Constitution Day
  • National Heroes and Heroines Day
  • Christmas DayBoxing Day
Health Insurance Benefits

Anguilla does not provide national or subsidized healthcare, so private healthcare insurance is recommended.

Employment / Termination / Severance

Employment relationships may be terminated at the end of a fixed-term contract by the employer (with or without cause), or by the employee. The employer must provide notice of termination. The required notice period depends on the type of work, service duration and payment interval. Employers must pay severance in some instances.

Local Laws & Regulations

We understand that local laws and regulations change and sourcing an accurate reference guide is not easy. Our data is researched and verified by our team of local international Employment Attorneys, HR and Benefit Professionals and Tax Accountants through our Atlas team and consultants, to ensure information up-to-date and accurate.

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