Mauritius, or the Republic of Mauritius, is an island country in the Indian Ocean located off the eastern coast of Africa, and covers an area of 2,007 km2. Its outlying territories are the Rodrigues Island (situated about 550 km eastward), the Cargados Carajos Shoals (400 km northeastward), and the Agalega Islands (930 km northward from the main island). Mauritius has a mixed developing economy based on manufactured exports, agriculture, tourism, and financial services. 

 

*Please note that the official currency is the currency of remuneration when employed through WorkMotion in Mauritius.

Capital :
Port Louis
Currency :
Mauritian Rupee (MUR, Rs)
Languages spoken :
English
Population :
1.27 million (2021 est.)
Minimum wage 2022 :
MUR 10,575 (Monthly)
Cost of Living index :
$$ (72 of 139 nations)
Payroll Frequency :
Monthly
VAT - standard rate :
15%
GDP - real growth rate :
4% (2021 est.)

Statutory Holidays

Employees in Mauritius are entitled to 15 public holidays.

The holidays mentioned below are valid for the year 2022.

Date
Holiday Name
Extra Information
January 1
New Year's Day
January 2
New Year Holiday
January 18
Thaipoosam Cavadee
Movable
February 1
Abolition of Slavery
February 1
Chinese New Year
Movable
March 1
Maha Shivaratree
Movable
March 12
National Day
April 2
Ugadi
Movable
May 1
Labor Day
May 3
Eid al-Fitr
Movable
August 15
Assumption Day
Alternate every other year
September 1
Ganesh Chaturthi
Movable
October 24
Diwali
Movable
November 2
Arrival of Indentured Laborers
December 25
Christmas Day

Contract Sharing Time


The approximate time for sharing the contract with an employee in Mauritius 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.

What You Need To Know


  • The Workers’ Rights Act defines “worker” and “employee” differently. A “worker” means a person earning up to MUR 50,000 per month, while an “employee” means any employed person irrespective of salary.
  • An employer with 35 or more employees should employ at least 3% of people with disability in their workforce,  failure of which imposes a fine of up to MUR 75,000.
  • An employer should refund a worker who works from home all the expenses incurred in relation to their work.
  • For every four hours of work, workers are entitled to an unpaid meal break of one hour, and one tea break of at least 20 minutes or two tea breaks of 10 minutes each.

Labor Conditions


Working Hours

The normal working hours are 45 hours per week (excluding meal time and tea breaks), consisting of:

  • If the worker is required to work on a five-day basis:
    • Nine hours per day on any five days of the week other than a public holiday;
  • If the worker is required to work on a six-day basis:
    • Eight hours per day on any five days of the week other than a public holiday; and
    • Five hours on one other day of the week other than a public holiday.
Overtime

For employees, the overtime payment can be agreed upon contractually. A worker and an employer may agree on the number of hours of work to be performed in excess of the stipulated hours where the exigencies of an enterprise so require. No employer can require a worker to perform work in excess of the stipulated hours unless they have given at least 24 hours’ notice to the worker of the extra work to be performed.

Probation Period

There is no maximum probationary period prescribed by law. However, it is standard practice for companies to give probationary periods of one to three months.

Termination Notice Period

Fixed-term contracts terminate on the last day of the period agreed upon by both parties. Indefinite contracts require a verbal or written notice of at least 30 days before termination.

Leave / Time Off

Annual Leave

Every employee, other than those who work part-time, who remains in continuous employment with the same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months is entitled, during each subsequent period of 12 months while they remain in continuous employment, to 20 working days’ annual leave. The leave is paid by the employer.

Sick Leave

Every employee, other than those who work part-time, who remain in continuous employment with the same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months is entitled to 15 working days’ sick leave on full pay, during each subsequent period of 12 months while they remain in continuous employment.

Parental Leave

There is no statutory parental leave in Mauritius.

 

Maternity Leave

A female employee should, on the production of a medical certificate, be entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave on full pay, provided that at least seven weeks are taken immediately following the confinement or after confinement.

 

Paternity Leave

If the spouse of a full-time male employee has been in continuous employment for 12 consecutive months and gives birth to a child, the male employee is entitled to five continuous working days of paternity leave on full pay by the employer, upon production of a medical certificate to that effect and a written statement signed by them stating themselves and their spouse live under the same roof.

Other Types of Paid Leave

Vacation Leave

Employees, excluding migrant employees, who remain in continuous employment with the same employer for a period of at least five consecutive years are entitled to 30 days of vacation leave, whether taken consecutively or otherwise, for every period of five consecutive years, to be spent abroad, locally or partly abroad and partly locally.

Bereavement Leave

Where an employee remains in continuous employment with the same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months, they are entitled to three working days’ special leave on full pay on the death of their spouse, child, father, mother, brother, or sister. The leave is paid by the employer.

Unpaid Leave

The employer may authorize leaves without pay as necessary.

Statutory Benefits

Mauritius has a multi-tiered social security system in which those who make mandatory contributions over their working lives can enjoy higher rate benefits through the pension schemes, including protection in cases of disability, survivorship, unemployment, and old age.

Employers contribute a total of 11.5% or 14.5% to the Mauritian social security system as follows:

BenefitsEmployer Contribution Rates
Generalised Social Contribution (Contribution Sociale Généralisée, CSG)
  • 3% (for employees earning up to MUR 50,000 per month) or;
  • 6% (for employees earning more than MUR 50,000 per month)
National Training Fund Levy (NTF)1.5%
National Savings Fund (NSF)2.5%
Portable Retirement Gratuity Fund (PRGF)4.5%
Total11.5% or 14.5%

Health Insurance

Employers are not required to purchase health insurance for employees in Mauritius as the government offers free health care totally funded by tax revenue. The Mauritian public healthcare system covers about 73% of health care costs, while the private sector covers about 27%.

Other Insurances

Accident Insurance

For the first two weeks, the employer should, upon receiving medical evidence of the incapacity, pay the employee compensation for the whole period of the incapacity at the same rate that they are being remunerated when the industrial injury occurs.

After two weeks, the social security pays the injured employee an industrial injury allowance representing 100% of the basic wages or salary.

Unemployment Insurance

Employer contributions of 1% for the WPF are already included in the NSF as part of social security.

The Workfare Programme Fund (WPF) is the main unemployment benefits program in Mauritius, and is financed by both the National Savings Fund (NSF) and the State.

Public Pension

The pension system of Mauritius consists of several pillars, including a basic retirement pension scheme, mandatory contributory lump sums, mandatory contributory income streams, and voluntary pension schemes. The standard retirement age is 65 years old. The employer contribution rates to the pension scheme are presented as follows:

Mandatory Pension SchemesEmployer Contibutions
Generalized Social Contribution (Contribution Sociale Généralisée, CSG)3% or 6% depending on employee earnings
National Savings Fund (NSF)2.5%
Portable Retirement Gratuity Fund (PRGF)4.5%

Other Statutory Benefits

National Training Fund Levy (NTF)

Employers must contribute a levy of 1.5% to employees’ NTF per month.

Under the NTF, various training incentives are offered to employers in order to allow them to meet part of the training cost of their employees and to support other training initiatives both at enterprise and national levels.

Death Grant

Where a worker who has been in continuous employment with the same employer for not less than 12 consecutive months dies, the employer should pay a death grant of MUR 5,000 to their spouse on the production of a written statement stating they were living under a common roof upon the worker’s time of death.

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