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  • Philhealth Insurance
  • Social Security System
  • Home Development Mutual Fund
  • 13th Month Pay
  • Retirement Pay
  • Separation Pay
  • Service Incentive Leave
  • Maternity Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Solo Parent Leave
  • Leave For Victims of Violence Against Women and Their Children
Payroll Frequency
Employer Taxes
Approximately, 20% - 35%


Philippine Peso (PHP)
Date format



Employer Payroll Contributions

8.50% Social Security System (SSS)
1.50% Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC)
2.00% Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)
425 PHP per month Provident Fund (WISP)
11.75% + provident fund Total Employment Cost

Employee Payroll Contributions

4.50% Social Security System (SSS)
1.00% – Below PHP 1,500 Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)
2.00% – Above PHP 1,500 Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)
1.50% Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC)
225 PHP per month Provident Fund (WISP)
Up to 8% + provident fund Total Employee Cost

Employee Income Tax

0.0% up to 250,000 PHP
20.0% 250,000 PHP – 400,000 PHP
25.0% 400,000 PHP – 800,000 PHP
30.0% 800,000 PHP – 2,000,000 PHP
32.0% 2,000,000 PHP – 2,410,000 PHP
35.0% 2,410,000 PHP and over
Income Taxes

Minimum Wage


The National Minimum Wage in the Philippines is 537 PHP per day.


Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle in the Philippines is generally monthly, and payment is made at least once every two weeks or twice a month at intervals not exceeding 16 days.


13th Salary

A 13th salary must be paid on or before 24th December and is equivalent to one month’s pay (Aguinaldo).

Working Hours


A standard work day is 8 hours plus addition sixty (60) minutes time-off for their regular meals.



Hours in excess of the regular workweek are considered overtime and is regulated by the employment contract or collective agreements. In general, overtime is paid at the rate of 125% of the regular pay.

Senior managers are excluded from overtime pay.

Night Differential
Work performed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Additional 10% on Regular Wage for each hour of work.

Leave & Public Holidays

Paid Time Off

Service Incentive leave in the Philippines is outlined in the employment contract as a minimum of 5 days paid leave a year after the completion of 1 year of employment. This leave can be used as holidays or sick days.

If leave is not taken within the year, the employer can pay out unused leave.


Public Holidays

We have 12 paid national regular holidays, 6 national special non-working holidays, and 3 special working holiday.


Sick Days

Sick leave allowance falls under sevice incentive leave.

Maternity / Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave

The maternity leave benefit shall be for one hundred five (105) days with full pay, and additional fifteen (15) days with full pay in case the female employee qualifies as a solo parent under RA 8972, or the “solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000”.

In case of miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy, the maternity leave shall be for sixty (60) days with full pay.


Paternity Leave

Paternity Leave is granted to all married male employees in the private sector, regardless of their employment status
The father is entitled to mandatory paid paternity leave of 7 days from the child’s date of birth.


Parental Leave

Solo Parental Leave
Additional Parental leave in the Philippines consists of 7 days for single parent leave

Other Leave

Leave For Victims of Violence Against Women and Their Children
10 days for women and their children who are victims of violence.


Termination Process

An employer shall observe procedural due process before terminating one’s employment.
Procedural due process:

  1. In a termination for just cause, due process involves the two-notice rule:
    a) A notice of intent to dismiss specifying the ground for termination, and giving said employee reasonable opportunity within which to explain his or her side;
    b) A hearing or conference where the employee is given opportunity to respond to the charge, present evidence or rebut the evidence presented against him or her;
    c) A notice of dismissal indicating that upon due consideration of all the circumstances, grounds have been established to justify termination.
  2. In a termination for an authorized cause, due process means a written notice of dismissal to the employee specifying the grounds at least 30 days before the date of termination. A copy of the notice shall also be furnished the Regional Office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) where the employer is located.

The termination process is standard in the Philippines based on the prescribed list of termination reasons contained within Article 282 to 285 of the General Labour Law unless an employer can provide sufficient cause for dismissal without notice (i.e. misconduct).


Notice Period

Severance Pay

Severance Pay (Separation Pay)
An employee’s entitlement to separation pay depends on the reason or ground for the termination of his or her services.

Retrenchment, Cessation of the employer’s business & when the employee is suffering from a disease.
*Separation pay equivalent to onehalf (1/2) month pay for every year of service, a fraction of at least six (6) months being considered as one (1) whole year.
*In no case will an employee get less than one (1) month separation pay if the separation is due to the above stated causes.

Installation of Labor-Saving Devices & Redundancy.
*Separation pay equivalent to his/her onemonth pay for every year of service, a fraction of at least six (6) months being considered as one whole year.

The computation of separation pay of an employee shall be based on his/her latest salary rate.

Probation Period

The probation period in the Philippines for definite employees is 6 months.



Any foreigners coming to work in the Philippines are required by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to secure a work visa.

Different work visas/permits are available depending on the individual circumstances, skills, and work type. The following documentation must be referenced/completed/returned to the government agencies to fulfill this application.

For a Work Visa, the below documents need to be completed:

9(g) Pre-Arranged Employee Commercial Visa
9(g) Pre-Arranged Employee Non-Commercial Visa
Special Non-Immigrant Visa or 47(A)(2)
Special Non-Immigrant Visa under EO 226, as amended by RA 8756 (ROHQ)
For a Work Permits:

Special Work Permit (SWP)
Provisional Work Permit (PWP)
Alien Employment Permit (AEP)



The standard rate of VAT in the Philippines is 12%.

Date of Updates


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