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Employer of Record (EOR) in Myanmar

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Myanmar Introduction

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a country in southeast Asia, bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos, and Thailand. The country is rich in natural resources, and endowed with renewable energy and high solar power potential. The country is home to many diverse ethnic groups, of which 135 are officially recognized.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, paid for by social security. The leave can begin 6 weeks before the due date, and last until 8 weeks after the birth. Employees can also take adoptive leave. Fathers can receive paid paternity leave for the first 15 days after their child is born. Employees can also take adoptive leave.

Sick Leave

Employees who have worked at their company for at least 6 months are entitled to 26 weeks of sick leave, of which the first 30 days are paid.

Paid Leave

Myanmar has 16 public holidays, and employees are entitled to 10 days of paid time off each year.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage is MNK 4,800 per day, and the standard workweek is 48 hours per week at 8 hours per day. Overtime is paid at 200% of the regular rate, and is not permitted mast midnight.

Termination Process

Process

Employers can terminate employment contracts with just cause, as long as they provide written notice and an explanation for the termination. If the reason for termination is misconduct, the employee must receive 1 written and 2 verbal warnings and be given a chance to explain their actions. If a violation is made within 1 year of the third warning, the employer can dismiss the employee without notice or severance.

Notice Period

The average notice period is Myanmar is 1 month.

Severance Pay

Severance pay for terminations is based on the length of employment:

  • 6 months-1 year = 0.5 months of wages
  • 1-2 years = 1 month of wages
  • 3-4 years = 2 months of wages
  • 4-6 years = 4 months of wages
  • 6-8 years = 5 months of wages
  • 8-10 years = 6 months of wages
  • 10-20 years = 8 months of wages
  • 20-25 years = 10 months of wages
  • 25+ years = 13 months of wages

Additional Information

While there is no legal provision in the law regarding a 13th month salary, many employers give out a bonus at the end of the year.

OVERVIEW
Language(s):
Burmese
Currency:
Myanmar Kyat (MMK)
Capital City:
Naypyidaw
Population:
55.2 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
101st
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
N/A
Employer TaxES
3%
(estimated)

★  3% - Social Security

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How Remofirst employs in Myanmar

It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Myanmar get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Myanmar are paid on time in Myanmar Kyat (MMK). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Myanmar, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.