Hire employees in Guatemala. No entity needed.
Usually, to hire in Guatemala, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.
Guatemala also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in Guatemala quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.
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- National Industrial Training Fund
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Minimum Wage Requirements
Individual Income Tax
The employer cost is generally estimated at 29.3% of the employee's salary.
- Social Security (IGSS): 10.67%
- Workers Recreational Institute (IRTRA): 1%
- Professional Training Institute (INTECAP): 1%
- 13th Bonus: 8.33%
- Christmas bonus: 8.33%
One-off administrative registration costs: USD 45
Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours
Standard working hours are 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week. The standard work week is from Monday to Friday. However, it is also common practice for employees to have a working week of 44 hours.
Overtime payment is mandatory and may be included in the salary. Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. Employees can work a maximum of 4 hours of overtime a day. For additional hours, employees are paid:
- 150% of the hourly rate
- 200% of the hourly rate for work on official holidays, annual leaves, or regular leaves and an additional day of leave
Terminations must respect complex rules and the rules of an employee’s employment country. The off-boarding is always handled by the Employer with the primary stakeholders. It may include ad-hoc fees as well as required or recommended steps on specific termination cases.
Terminations in Guatemala are complex. There is no at-will termination in Guatemala for employers outside the probation period, and termination must be done for just cause.
Compliant terminations include:
- Voluntarily by the employee
- By mutual agreement
- Unilaterally by the employer based on:
- probation period
- objective grounds
- disciplinary dismissal
- performance due to unsuitability for the job
- By the expiration of the contract
The minimum notice period will vary according to the length of the employment and type of termination, between 1 week to 1 month.
Severance for Employees
Paid Time Off
Full-time employees are entitled to 15 working days of paid time off (PTO) a year after a year of continuous work. PTO accrues monthly at 1.25 days per month. Employees are eligible for annual leave after 12 months of work. Part-time employees’ leave is pro-rata to the time worked.
PTO in Guatemala includes public holidays
Guatemala celebrates 12 national holidays:
- New Years Day
- Maundy Thursday
- Easter Friday
- Easter Saturday
- Labour Day Holiday
- Army Day
- Independence Day
- Revolution Day
- All Saints' Day
- Christmas Eve (Half Day)
- Christmas Day
- New Year's Eve (Half Day)
In Guatemala, all cities have their own holiday for their patron saint
Employment Contract Details
Contracts must be in Spanish and can be bilingual. They must be in writing and signed by both parties.
A contract must include:
- start date
- length of the employment
- job description
- termination conditions
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