Payroll Services in Vietnam

Our skilled team takes care of your payroll process, ensuring it runs smoothly and follows all the required rules. By letting us handle your payroll management, you can save time and focus on other important aspects of your business.


Make payroll management in Vietnam easier with Emerhub

Assigning payroll expert

Emerhub handles the automatic calculation and timely distribution of employee salaries and provides monthly invoices to the employer for their services.

Computation of payroll and distribution

We compute employees’ salaries every month, including overtime, contributions, and deductions, and disburse them accurately and on time.

Managing tax and social security benefits

Emerhub calculates and withholds income tax on employee salaries and registers them for social security benefits as per legal requirements.

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Why foreign businesses should outsource payroll in Vietnam?

Foreign companies should consider outsourcing their payroll management in Vietnam for several reasons. By trusting local experts on this task, companies can benefit from their knowledge of the local labor laws and regulations, ensuring compliance and avoiding potential pitfalls. Outsourcing payroll management also saves time and resources, allowing companies to focus on their core business activities. Additionally, it reduces the risk of errors and ensures accurate and timely payment of employees, contributing to higher employee satisfaction. Reach out to Emerhub to know more about payroll management services in Vietnam.

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Payroll process with Emerhub

Emerhub offers a complete payroll management solution in Vietnam that takes care of all aspects of employee compensation and compliance.


Submission of documents

Submit the required documents of your employees along with their salary information.


Registration with government institutions

Emerhub registers your employees with the labor department for health and social insurance as mandated by local law.


Payroll management

Emerhub calculates salaries, overtime, benefits, and employment taxes for your employees as part of our payroll management services in Vietnam


Income tax calculation

We handle the submission of personal income tax (PIT) declarations each quarter and take care of the PIT settlements on an annual basis.

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Most Popular Questions

Discover the most asked questions regarding our payroll management services.

What is the minimum contract length for employees?

While all employees can start with a limited probation period, the minimum contract length for employees in Vietnam is no less than 1 year.

Can we increase the BPJS coverage for our employees?

No, because this is a government initiative. All participants have the same level of coverage. However, if you want to provide additional benefits to your employees, you can request that we register private insurance for them.

What are employee benefits and compensations in Vietnam?

As part of Vietnam’s social security system, employees are offered health insurance, annual leaves, sick leaves, maternity, and paternity leaves. In addition to the mandatory benefits, it is customary for employers to provide telephone, lunch, transportation, and home allowances.

What is the general probation period in Vietnam?

Probation in Vietnam can be 6 to 60 days depending on the qualification and education of the new employee.

Can the employee enter full employment without going through probation?

Yes, an employer can choose to put their employee on a full-time contract at the start of their employment without going through probation.

What is the mandatory state insurance that the employer must contribute?

The employer contributes to social insurance (17.5% of gross salary), health insurance (3% of gross salary), unemployment insurance (1% of gross salary), and labor union fee (2% of gross salary)

Can the employer terminate the labor contract without notifying the employee in advance?

No, Employees must be notified 30 to 45 days before their employment contract is terminated.


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    Employment taxes in Vietnam

    Employment taxes for Vietnamese employees

    For Vietnamese employees, the employment taxes are the following:

    Personal income tax


    Social security

    Health Insurance
    3% employer, 1.5% employee
    Social Insurance
    17.5% employer, 8% employee
    Unemployment Insurance
    1% employer, 1% employee

    Trade Union Fee


    Employment taxes for foreign employees

    The employment taxes for foreign employees starting from 1 December 2018 are:

    Personal income tax


    Social security

    Health Insurance
    3% employer, 1.5% employee
    Social Insurance
    17.5% employer, 0% employee

    Trade Union Fee


    Taxable and non-taxable employee benefits

    In Vietnam, some employee benefits are tax-free while others remain taxable.

    Taxable benefits in Vietnam Non-taxable benefits in Vietnam
    Housing Meal allowance
    Utility payments Petrol, Telephone, Childcare, Transportation, Entertainment, Healthcare
    Life insurance Healthcare
    Meal allowance (amount exceeding VND 700,000) Meal allowance up to 700,000 VND (~USD 30)
    Private sports club membership Sports membership for a group of employees

    Insurance caps in Vietnam

    In 2020, health and social insurance are capped at 29,800,000 VND (~US$ 1,286). Unemployment insurance is capped at 88,400,000 VND (~US$ 3800).

    Social insurances for foreign employees in Vietnam

    There are three types of compulsory insurances applicable to employees in Vietnam:

    • Health insurance
    • Social insurance
    • Unemployment insurance

    Out of these three insurances, foreign employees have only been eligible for health insurance. For this reason, the employment taxes imposed on foreign nationals have been significantly lower than on local employees.

    In 2014, however, Vietnam passed the Social Insurance Law which became effective in 2016. The law stated that companies could also begin making social insurance payments for their foreign employees from January 2018.

    On 15 October 2018, the government released the long-anticipated Decree (143/2018/ND-CP), making social insurance payments for foreign employees compulsory starting from 1 December 2018.

    These percentages will be, accordingly:

    • 0% by the employee
    • 3.5% by the employer

    As can be seen from the decree, foreign employees would be granted the same benefits as the Vietnamese employees.

    These benefits include compensation for:

    • sickness and maternity leave
    • occupational diseases
    • accidents
    • retirement
    • death

    Foreign employees would also get a one-time payment of pension upon leaving Vietnam. Unemployment insurance, however, will not apply to foreign employees.

    Which foreign employees are eligible for social insurance in Vietnam?

    Not every foreign employee is eligible for compulsory social insurance in Vietnam. Social insurance only applies if:

    • the employment contract is for at least one full year
    • the employee has a work permit, a practicing certificate, or a practicing license

    However, even if the foreign employee fulfills either of the above-mentioned requirements, they are not eligible for social insurance in Vietnam on the following conditions:

    • they have been internally transferred to Vietnam from an office abroad
    • they have reached the retirement age which in Vietnam is 60 for men and 55 for women

    If the employee has several employers, the social insurance obligation only applies to the first employment contract. However, each of the employers must bear the insurance for labor accidents and occupational diseases which is 0.5%.

    Paid and unpaid leaves in Vietnam

    Maternity and paternity leaves

    Paid maternity leave in Vietnam is six months. However, if the mother has more than one child, she will get one extra month for each additional child.

    Pregnant employees are also entitled to have five prenatal check-ups, one full day for each check-up. Furthermore, pregnant employees who live far from health establishments or have complications with their pregnancy can have a two-day leave for each prenatal check-up.

    Keep in mind that during maternity leave, the employees must receive their average salary which is fully covered by the insurance fund and capped at 29.8 million VND (~US$ 1,286).

    Fathers in Vietnam also have the right to take paternity leave for at least five days.

    Sick leave

    The general paid sick leave for employees who have been paying the social insurance premiums for under 15 years in Vietnam is 30 days.

    However, if the employee has been contributing to the social insurance fund for full 15 years and under 30 years, the paid sick leave can be 40 days, and 60 days when the employee has been paying social insurance premiums for full 30 years or more.

    Note that sick leave is covered by the social insurance fund, not by the employer and only Vietnamese employees have been applicable for it so far. However, starting from 1 December 2018, foreign employees also become eligible for sick leave, maternity and paternity leave, as per Decree 143.

    Annual leaves

    After working for one year, the employee is entitled to get at least 12 days off. Furthermore, if the employee works under heavy or dangerous conditions or extremely heavy and hazardous conditions, they can get 14 or 16 paid holidays respectively. Plus one additional day for every five years of consecutive service.

    Foreign employees are also entitled to one extra paid day off on their own country’s national day and one traditional new year holiday.

    Public holidays in Vietnam

    There are ten paid public holiday days in Vietnam. If a public holiday falls on a weekend, employees are entitled to have the following day off as well.

    Public holidays in Vietnam in 2020
    January 1 New Year’s Day
    January 23-29 Tết Holidays (Vietnamese New Year)
    April 2 Hung Kings Commemoration Day
    April 30 Reunification Day
    May 1 International Labor Day
    September 2 Independence Day

    Employees in Vietnam can also get paid days off for various events. For example, under the Labor Law, employees are granted paid leave for a death in the family, marriage, etc.

    Other additional unpaid days depend on special arrangements between the employer and the employee.

    Minimum wages in Vietnam in 2020

    In Vietnam, there are two types of minimum salaries:

    • Common minimum wage
    • Regional minimum wage

    Common minimum wage

    Common minimum wage applies to employees who work at state-owned companies and enterprises. In July 2019, Vietnam raised the common minimum wage to 1,490,000 VND/month (~US$ 65) from the previous 1,390,000 VND/month (~US$ 60).

    Salaries are calculated by multiplying the common minimum wage by the wage coefficient. For example, the wage coefficient of a person with a bachelor’s degree is 2.34. 

    Regional minimum wage

    For employees of other companies, the regional minimum wage will be paid. Vietnam is divided into four regions, the first one being the urban areas of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and the fourth one covering the most rural areas of Vietnam.

    According to Decree No. 157/2018/ND-CP, the regional minimum wages in Vietnam starting from January 1, 2020, are:

    Region Monthly minimum salary
    I 4,420,000 (~US$ 191) 
    II 3,920,000 (~US$ 169)
    III 3,430,000 (~US$ 148)
    IV 3,070,000 (~US$ 132)

    On average, the minimum monthly wage in Vietnam increased by 195,000 VND (~US$ 8.4) which makes it a 5% climb compared to last year.

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    Getting started with payroll services in Vietnam

    Emerhub provides several options for managing your company’s payroll, such as:

    • Complete payroll management service, including advisory on employment matters
    • Employer of record service where we hire your employees under our payroll. This way you don’t even need a legal entity in Vietnam to hire employees with full benefits.

    Get in touch with us by filling in the form below and let’s discuss the best solution for your company.

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