Hire employees in Hong Kong, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Hong Kong. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

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Employee - Hong Kong

Hire employees in Hong Kong No entity needed.

Usually, to hire in Hong Kong,  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.

Hong Kong also treats contractors differently than full-time employees, so misclassifying a contractor could lead to fines. Deel lets you hire employees in Hong Kong quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more.

All the necessary benefits for Hong Kong built right in

Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Hong Kong within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

  • Pension
  • Worker Compensation Insurance

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    Quick Overview

    Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)

    Capital: City of Victoria

    Official language: Chinese and English

    Payroll Cycle: Monthly

    Statutory Holidays

    Paid Time Off

    In Hong Kong, employees are entitled to paid holidays based on the length of the labor relationship:

    • 1 - 2 years of employment – 7 days' paid leave
    • 3 years of employment – 8 days' paid leave
    • 4 years of employment – 9 days' paid leave
    • 5 years of employment – 10 days' paid leave
    • 6 years of employment – 11 days' paid leave
    • 7 years of employment – 12 days' paid leave
    • 8 years of employment – 13 days' paid leave
    • 9+ years of employment – 14 days' paid leave

    Public Holidays

    • January 1st
    • Lunar New Year’s Day
    • the second day of Lunar New Year
    • the third day of Lunar New Year
    • Ching Ming Festival
    • Labour Day, the first day of May
    • Tuen Ng Festival
    • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, being the first day of July the day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival
    • Chung Yeung Festival
    • National Day October 1st
    • Chinese Winter Solstice Festival or Christmas Day (at employer's will)

    5 additional holidays that some employers offer:

    • Good Friday
    • The day following Good Friday
    • Easter Monday
    • The Buddha’s Birthday – 8th day of the 4th month (Lunar calendar)
    • Day Following Christmas Day

    General Taxation

    Individual Income Tax

    The individual income tax depends on many variables, such as marital status, level of income, etc. The average ranges from 2% to 17%

    Employer Tax

    Approximately, 5% - 7% of employee salary.

    Additional information

    Employment Contract Details

    Employment contracts may be verbal or written in Hong Kong. Professional job contracts are usually in English.

    Probation Period

    The maximum probation period is 6 months. However, common practice is 3 months.

    Minimum Wage Requirements

    The minimum wage is HKD 37.50 per hour.

    Maximum working hours and overtime

    The common practice is to have 40-50 working hours per week and 5 workdays per week. There are no specific requirements regarding overtime work. However, if the employment contract provides payment for overtime work, the employer is legally obligated to provide these wages.

    Bonus and Expense Payments

    A 13th month, also called an 'End of Year Bonus', is often granted to employees before Chinese New Year, though this can commonly be replaced with a performance-related bonus.

    Parental Leave

    • Maternity Leave: employees are entitled to 14 weeks.
    • Paternity Leave: employees are entitled to 5 days.

    Sick Leave

    Employees are entitled to paid sick leave at the rate of 4/5ths of the employee’s average wage over the preceding 12-month period. Entitlement to sick leave may be accumulated at the rate of 2 paid days for each month of service during the first year of employment and at the rate of 4 paid sickness days for each month thereafter, up to a maximum of 120 paid sickness days. The entitlement to sickness pay only applies, however, to periods of absence due to sickness of no less than four consecutive days.

    Termination requirements for employees in

    The employment contract can be terminated by both parties if due notice or payment in lieu of notice is given. Severance must be paid in case the employee:

    • Has 2 years of seniority; and
    • Is dismissed due to redundancy or laid-off

    Any non taken holidays, outstanding wages and payments must be paid upon termination.

    Notice Period

    In Hong Kong, the minimum required notice period is 1 months' notice.

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