Employment law in Seychelles is governed by the Employment Act 1995.
Terms of Employment
A contract of employment in Seychelles may be:
- of continuous employment;
- for a fixed term;
- for the employment of a part-time worker; or
- for the employment of a casual worker.
The basic conditions:
|Working Hours Normal|
The maximum number of working hours is 60 hours per week or 12 hours per day, whichever is less.
The maximum overtime allowed is up to 60 additional hours per month or an aggregate of 15 additional hours per week.
An entitlement of 21 days’ paid annual leave or 1.75 days for each month worked. (Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays are excluded when calculating the annual leave earned)
An employee is entitled to a maximum of 30 days’ paid sick leave per annum or a maximum of 60 days if the employee is hospitalised.
A female employee is entitled to a maximum of 12 weeks paid maternity leave of which 10 weeks shall be taken after the date of confinement, and to 4 weeks paid maternity leave that can be taken either before or after paid maternity leave.
The Minimum rates of pay are set by the Seychelles Government. The minimum wage is currently at SR4,050 pcm.
Private sector industries and trades establish their own salary scale on the basis of qualifications and work experience. The salary paid to employees should, however, not be lower than that prescribed by the Government.
Government Offices: Open five days a week from 08:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday). Lunch break is from 12:00 noon to 01:00 p.m.
Business hours varies, but, generally from 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and occasionally on Saturdays.
Public holiday falling on a Sunday will result in the following Monday becoming a public holiday.
Termination of Employment
Both employee and employers may terminate an employment contract witha notification period.