El Salvador, also known as the Republic of Salvador, is a Central American country bordered by Guatemala and Honduras. It is the smallest nation in Central America with a total area of 21,041 square kilometers, and its coast borders the Pacific Ocean. It is the only Central American country without a Caribbean coast. The service sector dominates the economy, although historically it was predominantly agriculturally driven, with the nation’s primary exports including coffee, maize, sugarcane, and cotton.
*Please note that the official currency is the currency of remuneration when employed through WorkMotion in El Salvador.
Currency United States Dollar (USD, $)
Languages spoken :
6.48 million (2022 est.)
Minimum wage 2022 :
$365.00 per month
Cost of Living index :
$ (71 out of 139)
Payroll Frequency :
Weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis
VAT - standard rate :
GDP - real growth rate :
3.7% (2021 est.)
The approximate time for sharing the contract with an employee in El Salvador is 14 business days assuming no special requests or changes to our standard employment contract. Any such requests or changes would need to undergo internal and external review, directly leading to a time delay.
NOTE: This number is subject to change and is only an estimation of the Contract Sharing Time. The estimated Contract Sharing Time begins from the moment that WorkMotion has received all required information from both the client and the employee.
The general work week in El Salvador is 44 hours a week or eight hours a day, Mondays to Saturdays. The employer should schedule the hours of work, but later modifications should be made with the employee’s consent. Employees are entitled to breaks of 30 minutes, which should be included in the working time.
Overtime work should be remunerated with a 100% increase on the basic salary per hour. Overtime working hours should be agreed upon between the parties; not imposed by the employer.
It may be stipulated in the employment agreement that the first 30 days of employment would be probation days. Once the probation days expire, assuming neither the employer nor employee have expressed their will to terminate the contract, then the contract will continue for an indefinite period of time.
For work that lasts more than two weeks, the employer is obliged to give written notice of at least seven days. The employer is required to serve a contract termination notice to the employees or pay in lieu of notice.
Employees are entitled to a minimum of 20 days of paid annual leave per year, paid by the employer. Annual leave is calculated dependent on the amount of the calendar year remaining after employment began. The annual leave is remunerated with a sum equivalent to their ordinary wage for that period of time, plus 30% of that sum.
Sick leave is paid by the employer at the rate of 75% of the basic salary, regardless of the length of employment. The exact sick leave entitlement is dependent on the length of continuous employment, ranging from a 20 day entitlement for those in continuous employment for one to five months, up to a 60 day entitlement for those in continuous employment for at least 12 months.
The employee is entitled to a total of 12 weeks of maternity leave; six of which is compulsory, and must be taken after confinement. Maternity leave is paid at 75% of the basic wage by the employer.
The employee is entitled to three days of paid paternity leave; paid for by the employer.
The employer should provide an emergency family leave to all employees to fulfill the “obligations which objectively require their presence”, such as the death or sickness of a spouse, parent, child, or any other person economically dependent on the employee.
There is no statutory provision for unpaid leave.
The employer contribution to the health insurance scheme is included in the 7.5% contribution to social security.
There are three pillars of healthcare coverage in El Salvador: universal public healthcare, statutory health insurance provided to employees, and private healthcare insurance.
Insured employees have access to general medical care, specialist care, medicine, hospitalization, maternity care, and transportation, paid for by employee and employer contributions to the social security scheme.
The employer’s contribution to accident insurance is included in the 7.5% contribution to social security.
Work injuries are divided into four categories, with compensation calculated dependent on that. The four categories are:
Compensation varies from 35% to 75% of the employee’s average earnings, or the provision of a full pension, depending on the categorisation of the injury.
There is no statutory provision for unemployment benefits.
The employer’s contribution to the pension fund is 7.75%.
To receive a full pension, the employee must have either reached a certain age (55 for women, 60 for men) with at least 25 years of contributions, or be any age with 30 years of contributions. The pension is 30% of the base salary for the first three years of contributions, plus 1.5% for each additional year.
Invalidity benefits are funded by social security.
The invalidity benefit is provided in the case of non-occupational injury, disease, or accident resulting in permanent disability. This is funded by social security payments. Invalidity pension for permanent disability is 70% of the employee’s average earnings, and 50% for partial disability of 50-65%.
The employee contribution to INFASORP is 1%.
INFASORP provides and funds vocational training programs for companies with at least ten employees, funded through mandatory employer contributions.
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