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Payroll and Benefits Guide Macau

Last updated: May 10, 2023

Currency
Macanese Pataca (MOP)
Employer Taxes
60 MOP
Payroll Frequency
Weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly or monthly
Employee Costs
%
Capital
Macau
Date Format
dd/mm/yyyy
Fiscal Year
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Contribution

Employer
Employer Payroll Contributions
60 MOP
Social Security contribution per employee
60 MOP
Total Employment Cost
Employee
Employee Payroll Contributions
30 MOP
Social Security contribution
30 MOP
Total Employee Cost
Employee Income Tax
(annually)
0.00%
Up to 144,000 MOP
7.00%
Between 144,001 MOP and 164,000 MOP
8.00%
Between 164,001 MOP and 184,000 MOP
9.00%
Between 184,001 MOP and 224,000 MOP
10.00%
Between 224,001 MOP and 304,000 MOP
11.00%
Between 304,001 MOP and 424,000 MOP
12.00%
Above 424,001 MOP
* For employees over the age of 65 or proven to be 60% disabled or above, the tax-free income threshold will be further increased to MOP 198,000 for the tax year 2022.

Employer taxes

Highest
Lowest

Employee taxes

Highest
Lowest

Minimum Wage

General

The minimum wage in Macau is MOP6,656 MOP per month for monthly paid employees, MOP1,536 MOP per week for weekly paid employees, 256 MOP per day for daily paid employees, and 32 MOP per hour for hourly rate employees.

MINIMUM WAGE (PER MONTH)

Highest
Lowest

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

The typical payroll cycle in Macau can be daily, weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis.

13th Salary

There is no statutory requirement to provide a 13th salary.

Working Hours

General

The standard workweek consists of six days at eight hours per day equating to 48 hours maximum per week. According to Labour Law (Article 42) in Macau, employees are entitled to a paid period of rest of twenty-four consecutive hours per week.

Overtime

All hours exceeding the standard 48 hours are paid as overtime and are regulated by employment contract/collective agreements. In general, overtime is paid at 120% of the standard salary rate or according to the agreement with the employer where it is common to pay 150%.

Leave

Annual Leave (vacation)

Paid leave in Macau is outlined in the employment contract as a minimum of six days paid leave a year following the completion of one year of service in addition to public holidays.

For employees with less than one year’s service but more than three months of service, the leave entitlement will be three days of paid leave. Leave should be used in the allotted year though by agreement, it can carry over for up to a period of two years.

Public Holidays

There are 10 mandatory public holidays, however, there are several other public holidays, which are also common to give off.

Public holidays that fall on the weekend are moved to a weekday as a day off in lieu.

Date Day Holiday Note
1 Jan 2024 Monday New Year’s Day
10 Feb 2024 Saturday Lunar New Year’s Day
11 Feb 2024 Sunday Lunar New Year’s Day
12 Feb 2024 Monday Lunar New Year’s Day
13 Feb 2024 Tuesday Lunar New Year’s Day Day Off in Lieu
14 Feb 2024 Wednesday Lunar New Year’s Day Day Off in Lieu
29 Mar 2024 Friday Good Friday Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
30 Mar 2024 Saturday The Day before Easter Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
1 Apr 2024 Monday The Day before Easter Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off. Day Off in Lieu
4 Apr 2024 Thursday Cheng Ming Festival
1 May 2024 Wednesday Labour Day
15 May 2024 Wednesday The Buddha’s Birthday (Feast of Buddha) Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
10 Jun 2024 Monday Tung Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
18 Sep 2024 Wednesday The Day following Chong Chao (Mid-Autumn) Festival
1 Oct 2024 Tuesday National Day of the People’s Republic of China
2 Oct 2024 Wednesday The Day following National Day of the People’s Republic of China Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
11 Oct 2024 Friday Chong Yeung Festival (Festival of Ancestors)
2 Nov 2024 Saturday All Soul’s Day Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
4 Nov 2024 Monday All Soul’s Day Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off. Day Off in Lieu
8 Dec 2024 Sunday Feast of Immaculate Conception Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
9 Dec 2024 Monday Feast of Immaculate Conception Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off. Day Off in Lieu
20 Dec 2024 Friday Macao S.A.R. Establishment Day
21 Dec 2024 Saturday Winter Solstice Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
23 Dec 2024 Monday Winter Solstice Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off. Day Off in Lieu
24 Dec 2024 Tuesday Christmas Eve Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
25 Dec 2024 Wednesday Christmas Day Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.

Sick Days

In accordance with Macau Labour Law (Article 53), an employee who has completed the probationary period is entitled to six days of paid statutory sick leave per year.

Maternity Leave

All female employees are eligible for maternity benefits, (following completion of one year’s service), consisting of 70 days maternity leave, with 56 days paid by the employer and the remaining 14 days paid by the Social Insurance (FSS).
With effect from May 26th, 2023, the employer will be responsible for paying for the entire 70 days.

Paternity Leave

The father is entitled to mandatory paid paternity leave of a total of five days—to be taken within thirty days following the birth—once they have completed one year of service.

Parental Leave

There are no provisions in the law regarding parental leave.

Other Leave

Employees are entitled to six days of leave in the event of their marriage. Employees in Macau are entitled to three days’ leave following the bereavement of a direct relative, with the potential to increase this to 12 days.

Vacation Days
Public Holidays
Highest
Lowest

PAID MATERNITY LEAVE (DAYS)

Highest
Lowest

Termination

Termination Process

Employers can terminate a fix term contract by giving the following reasons – business, personal, or employees misconduct. It requires notice and a written explanation for the termination.

Notice Period

The statutory notice period in Macau is as follows:

  • 15 days in the case of rescission on the initiative of the employer
  • 7 days in the case of rescission on the initiative of the employee
  • In the case of termination with a just cause, the initiating party is not required to serve a previous notice

Severance Pay

According to Labour Law (Article 70) in Macau, termination payment is applicable if rescission is without just cause on the initiative of the employer. The employer may rescind the contract at any time irrespective of just cause, in which case the employee is entitled to compensation for an amount equivalent to:

  • Seven days of the basic remuneration if the labor relation has a duration above the probationary period, but also up to one year.
  • Ten days of the basic remuneration per year of service if the labor relation has a duration above one year, but also up to three years.
  • Thirteen days of the basic remuneration per year of service if the labor relation has a duration above three years, but also up to five years.
  • Fifteen days of the basic remuneration per year of service if the labor relation has a duration above five years, but also up to seven years.
  • Sixteen days of the basic remuneration per year of service if the labor relation has a duration above seven years, but also up to eight years.
  • Seventeen days of the basic remuneration per year of service if the labor relation has a duration above eight years, but also up to nine years.
  • Eighteen days of the basic remuneration per year of service if the labor relation has a duration above nine years, but also up to ten years.
  • Twenty days of the basic remuneration per year of service if the labor relation has a duration of more than ten years.

Probation Period

There is no clear provision in labor laws on the duration of the probation period in Macau, though generally it’s 30 days for a fixed-term contract and 90 days for an indefinite contract.

VISA

VISA

Non-residents of Macau must have a work permit that is issued by the Labor Affairs Bureau. Before any work permit is issued, the employer should obtain authorization from the Chinese government to hire non-resident workers. This permission is granted from either the Macau SAR’s chief executive or another delegated government body.
Hiring non-resident workers should be limited to circumstances where local employees are unable to meet work objectives. The employment of non-resident workers should not result in the termination of resident employees or a decline in working conditions for resident workers. The process to obtain a work permit often takes three to four months from the initial request to hire non-resident workers.

VAT

General

There is no VAT in Macau SAR.

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Date Day Holiday Note
1 Jan 2024 Monday New Year’s Day
10 Feb 2024 Saturday Lunar New Year’s Day
11 Feb 2024 Sunday Lunar New Year’s Day
12 Feb 2024 Monday Lunar New Year’s Day
13 Feb 2024 Tuesday Lunar New Year’s Day Day Off in Lieu
14 Feb 2024 Wednesday Lunar New Year’s Day Day Off in Lieu
29 Mar 2024 Friday Good Friday Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
30 Mar 2024 Saturday The Day before Easter Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
1 Apr 2024 Monday The Day before Easter Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off. Day Off in Lieu
4 Apr 2024 Thursday Cheng Ming Festival
1 May 2024 Wednesday Labour Day
15 May 2024 Wednesday The Buddha’s Birthday (Feast of Buddha) Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
10 Jun 2024 Monday Tung Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
18 Sep 2024 Wednesday The Day following Chong Chao (Mid-Autumn) Festival
1 Oct 2024 Tuesday National Day of the People’s Republic of China
2 Oct 2024 Wednesday The Day following National Day of the People’s Republic of China Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
11 Oct 2024 Friday Chong Yeung Festival (Festival of Ancestors)
2 Nov 2024 Saturday All Soul’s Day Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
4 Nov 2024 Monday All Soul’s Day Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off. Day Off in Lieu
8 Dec 2024 Sunday Feast of Immaculate Conception Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
9 Dec 2024 Monday Feast of Immaculate Conception Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off. Day Off in Lieu
20 Dec 2024 Friday Macao S.A.R. Establishment Day
21 Dec 2024 Saturday Winter Solstice Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
23 Dec 2024 Monday Winter Solstice Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off. Day Off in Lieu
24 Dec 2024 Tuesday Christmas Eve Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.
25 Dec 2024 Wednesday Christmas Day Not a mandatory holiday but very common to give off.