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At Serviap Global, we handle all employee onboarding, payroll, compliance, risk, mitigation, and benefits, so you can focus on what matters most: your business.
How we can help you expand in Bermuda
As your EOR in Bermuda, we’d help you expand by hiring employees and running their payroll without establishing a local branch office or subsidiary.
Your candidate is hired by a PEO in Bermuda provider in accordance with local labor laws and can be onboarded in days instead of the months it typically takes. Shortly after, your new employee will be working for you, just like any other member of your team.
Expand to Bermuda with Serviap Global
Through our PEO and EOR services, you can hire qualified talent in your industry without the trouble of opening your own legal entity.
In just a few days, you can easily and safely build a presence in Bermuda, being sure that your staff will be hired in compliance with labor and tax regulations.
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Bermudian Dollar (BMD)
Aside from its long history of success within the financial sector, Bermuda is considered to be a tax haven for corporations. There are very few taxes imposed on corporations, and none levied on individuals; however, this contributes to an inflated cost of living.
Bermuda has about 63,000 citizens and English is the primary language spoken on the island. Specifically, the local population speaks Bermudian English, a dialect of English with Portuguese and French influences.
The people are friendly and open with a strong work ethic and characteristic British sensibilities due to the ties to the United Kingdom.
Though many business sectors would flourish in Bermuda, finance and technology would be the best operations to outsource to the island. At the last Bermuda Virtual Tech Summit in October 2021, the executive director of Ignite Bermuda stated there is currently a significant effort to increase tech presence on the island.
Efforts to increase technology education within Bermuda have only just begun, but the island population has demonstrated an intense desire to learn. As a result, the workforce in Bermuda would be highly motivated and take to training easily.
Key sectors of the national economy
- Asset management: Bermuda hosts over 2,000 funds from the top US and European private equity groups
- Insurance & risk: the island has over 50 years of experience in the insurance and risk management industry
- Climate risk: Bermuda is one of the world’s key markets in the climate risk insurance industry Bermuda is also a leader in infrastructure industries and high-net-worth services. Any business that deals in large sums of money should see Bermuda as a desirable location for operations outsourcing.
Prominent cities for business
- St. George’s and The East End: St. George is the location of top attractions in Bermuda, historic sites, and nature reserves.
- Hamilton and Central Bermuda: Bermuda’s capital is located in the area. It’s also home to the harbor and the epicenter of city living on the island.
- Royal Naval Dockyard and The West End: This area is one of the islands’ most popular destinations, home to many beaches and cruise ship ports.
Currently, Ignite Bermuda projects that more than 60% of the island’s jobs will soon be in tech. Local charity Connectech aims to teach technology to Bermudians; since their launch they’ve taught more than 3,000 students.
The program has been integrated with local school systems, creating a generation of tech-literate Bermudians entering the workforce within the next few years.
Facilities for foreign investment
Bermuda has been an international player in the financial industry for over 50 years. The Bermudian workforce has extensive banking experience and currently maintains its status as a world leader in financial matters.
Combined with the lack of tax regulation on the island, Bermuda positions itself as an ideal choice for all money matters. Furthermore, an entrepreneurial acceleration program has propelled job creation and diversity on the island.
Bermuda gastronomy: regional and traditional cuisines
Fish and other seafood are main staples of the Bermuda diet along with abundant fresh vegetables and the native banana. On Sunday, having a big codfish breakfast is tradition. It’s steamed cod with potatoes, onions, sliced bananas and a hard boiled egg. Black rum cake is the famous desert that comes from this island.
States / provinces
Hamilton, Sandys, Southampton, Pembroke, St
English and Portuguese
Bermudan dollar (BMD)
Thousands separator format
Country dial code
AST (UTC -4)
East of Cape Hatteras (North Carolina, U.S.)
April 1st to March 31st
There is no VAT or sales tax in Bermuda
BM$16.00 to BM$16.40 per hour
Taxpayer identification number name in the
Bermuda does not issue tax identification numbers
Laws and agencies that regulate labor relationships
|Constitution||Formed in 1968|
|Labor code||Employment Act 2000|
|Tax code||Office of the Tax Commissioner (OTC)|
|Social security||Contributory Pensions Fund|
Key tax and labor authorities
Office of the Tax
|Bermuda’s tax office|
|Labour & Industrial Relations Department||Certifies unions, helps with resolutions, etc.|
|Employment Act 2000||This act was updated in 2021 and applies to anyone who works more than 15 hours|
|Workers Compensation Act 1965||All businesses located in Bermuda are liable for workplace accidents|
|The Human Rights Act 1981||This act outlines how both the employer and employee are protected|
|Occupational Safety and Health Act 1982||All employers must have a committee to review health and safety standards. The employees should be safe from harmful substances, tobacco, machinery, radiation and have clean air|
|Work hours||The standard is 8 hours a day or 40 hours per week, Mondays to Fridays|
Paychecks should be in the local BMD currency.
Payroll tax is payable on a quarterly basis, commencing on the first day of April, July, October, and January. Payments are due within 15 days of the end of each tax period.
Bermuda’s contributory pension scheme requires employers to make monthly contributions to the Contributory Pensions Fund for every employee above 17 years of age, for each week the employee works more than four hours.
An employer must ensure that each qualifying employee registers with the department and obtains a social insurance number. Civil and criminal penalties may apply to employers for failure to register or pay in for each qualifying employee.
Employees contribute a matching sum via weekly payroll deduction, with several exceptions. Full-time students under the age of 26 who are employed during holidays, weekends, and summer breaks, and their employers, are entirely exempt from social insurance contributions.
Employees over the age of 65 are exempt from contributing their half, although the employer must still contribute its part. The current total contribution per employee per week is BM$71.84. The employer portion is BM$35.92 and the employee portion is BM$35.92.
|BM$16.00 to BM$16.40|
|Overtime||(1) Any hours worked by an employee in excess of forty hours a week shall either— (a) be paid at the overtime rate; or (b) be paid at the employee’s normal hourly wage and compensated by giving him the same number of hours off in lieu|
|Occupational risk insurance||Although not required, without it you open yourself up to legal repercussions|
|Vacations or PTO||(1) An employee shall be entitled to a period of two weeks annual vacation after he has completed— (a) the first year of continuous employment; and (b) each subsequent year of continuous employment, but such periods of vacation are not cumulative|
Leaves of absence
Employees have the right to paid absences for the following things:
Ante-natal care: An employee who is pregnant and who has, on the advice of a registered medical practitioner, made an appointment to receive antenatal care, is entitled to take time off during her working hours to attend the appointment Maternity leave: 12 weeks coverage consisting of 8 weeks paid leave and 4 weeks unpaid leave
Sick leave: An employee who has completed at least one year of continuous employment shall be entitled to be paid at his/her normal hourly wage eight days per year when he or she is unable to work due to sickness or injury.
If an employee will be out sick for two or more days, the employer can require the employee to provide a certificate from a registered medical certifying the practitioner has examined the employee and determined that he or she is unable to work due to sickness or injury Bereavement leave :
(a) three consecutive days on the death of a member of the employee’s immediate family; or (b) five consecutive days in order to attend the funeral of a member of the employee’s immediate family overseas
There are no income taxes levied on individuals in Bermuda. Taxation in Bermuda is focused on land ownership and employer payroll. As of April 2017, however, the employer payroll tax can now be levied on the employee as well.
The employer and the employee can split the liability of this tax, with the employer paying some and the employee paying the rest.
Students, employees caring for loved ones, or any employers making contributions to an approved pension or health insurance plan are exempt from this tax. No income derived from Bermuda is subject to taxes, so long as the company is incorporated within the country.
However, employers should expect to pay a payroll tax. This tax is calculated based on the total annual pay given to employees. Depending on the size of the workforce on payroll, this tax can be as high as 10.25%. Certain specialties, such as schools, charities, government, and religious bodies, are exempt from this charge.
|1 January||New Year’s Day|
|Friday before Easter Sunday||Good Friday|
|28 May||Bermuda Day|
|21 June||National Heroes Day|
|29 July||Emancipation Day|
|30 July||Mary Prince Day|
|6 September||Labour Day|
|11 November||Remembrance Day|
|25 December||Christmas Day|
|26 December||Boxing Day|
|Type of termination||Brief description|
1. In lieu of providing notice of termination of employment in accordance with section 20, an employer may, at his discretion, pay an employee a sum equal to the wages and other remuneration and confer on him all other benefits that would have been due up until the expiry of any required period of notice. Termination of employment means termination by reason of—
c. the winding up or insolvency of an employer
d. the death of an employer
e. the death of an employee from an occupational disease or accident resulting from that employment. Severance allowance is not payable where an employee— (a) unreasonably refuses to accept an offer of reemployment by the employer at the same place of work under no less favorable terms than he was employed; immediately prior to the termination (b) is employed by a partnership and his employment ceases on the dissolution of the partnership and—(i) he enters into employment with one or more of the partners immediately after the dissolution
The following do not constitute valid reasons for dismissal or the imposition of disciplinary action—
an employee’s race, sex, religion, colour, ethnic origin, national extraction, social origin, political opinion, disability or marital status
a. an employee’s age, subject to any other enactment or any relevant collective agreement regarding retirement
b. any reason connected with an employee’s pregnancy, unless it involves absence from work which exceeds allocated leave entitlement
c. an employee’s trade union activity
d. an employee’s temporary absence from work because of sickness or injury, unless it occurs frequently and exceeds allocated leave entitlement
e. an employee’s absence from work for any of the reasons mentioned in section 13 (public duties), or due to service as a volunteer fire officer
f. an employee who removes himself from a work situation which he reasonably believes presents an imminent and serious danger to life or health
g. an employee’s participation in any industrial action which takes place in conformity with the Labour Relations Act 1975
h. the filing of a complaint or the participation in proceedings against
an employer involving alleged violations of this Act
|Voluntary resignation||2. Where an employee terminates his contract of employment without notice in circumstances in which notice was required, and his employer has not waived the right to notice, the employee shall be entitled only to such wages and other remuneration which accrued at the date of termination|
Other forms of compensation upon termination include Severance pay grades:
The employer must make a severance payment of two weeks for each year that the employee worked for the company until ten years pass. After ten years, severance pay increases to three weeks for each year until the maximum of 26 weeks of wages.
The employee is entitled to a written itemized statement with each payment of severance pay when they are let go. The contract itself may also call for other forms of compensation.
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