As one of the fastest and most stable-growing economies in Asia, Vietnam is an attractive market to explore and open up other developing markets in Southeast Asia. Vietnam’s macroeconomics alone are convincing, with a population of 90 million, consistent GDP growth of 5-6% over the last decade, relatively low costs and a literacy rate of over 90%.
To help companies prepare themselves for business, Links has created a legislative page of the main employment laws and best practices in Vietnam. Please note that all the information listed below are to be used as a general guideline, for more detailed accounts of laws and regulations, please visit the official governmental websites.
Company registration is required for any person/ company conducting business in Vietnam in accordance with Article 5, Decree No. 78/2015/NĐ-CP.
Rep office and branch office of a foreign company must also register for a Licenses of Establishment of rep office/ branch office.
After obtaining business license, a company is required to register company stamp with Police Office. The required documents for company stamp registration are as follows:
According to Article 6, Part II, Circular No. 95/2016/TT-BTC, a taxpayer has to register for tax code within 10 days from the date on Business license/ Licenses of Establishment of rep office/ branch office.
A newly set-up company has to obtain Social Insurance (“SI”) code in order to make declaration and payment of Social, Health and Unemployment Insurance (SHUI) contributions for its employees.
A company is required to use digital signature for submitting social insurance reports to SI Department as well as submitting tax declaration to Tax Office.
According to current regulation, an employer has to obtain PIT withholding receipt book to issue PIT withholding certificate to employees.
According to Article 119, Labour Law 2012, a company is required to register an internal labour rule with relevant authorities if employing for more than 10 employees.
According to current regulation, an employer has to set up and inform their salary scales to the authorities.
Social, Health and Unemployment Insurance (SHUI) Contributions
There are three elements in the Vietnam social security system including Social Insurance (“SI”); Health insurance (“HI”) and unemployment insurance (“UI”).
Employers and employees are obligated to contribute social security at the rate below:
|Social Insurance Rates in Vietnam
(Period from June 2017)
|SI and HI Contributions||VND 27,800,000|
|HI Contributions||VND 79,000,000|
According to Article 4 of Decree 191/2013/NĐ-CP, an employer has to contribute trade union at the rate of 2% of employee’s salary (with it's cap) regardless of having grassroot trade union or not.
Foreigner staff is required to have a work permit/work permit exemption certificate to work in Vietnam before start working in Vietnam as well as a temporary resident card to stay in Vietnam. Considerations for visa approval for each applicant include:
However, there are some foreigner employees who are not required to apply for a work permit/work permit exemption certificate provided are professors, experts, directors, technicians and come to Vietnam for less than 30 days per time and accumulated staying days is under 90 days per year.
Common Minimum Wage
The first type is the common minimum wage, which is used to calculate salaries for employees in state-owned organizations and enterprises. The common minimum wage is 1,390,000 VND /month , taking effect starting 1 July 2018.
Regional minimum salary
The second type of minimum wage is used for employees in all non-state enterprises and is based on regions as defined by the government. From 1 Jan 2018, the National Wages Council has finalized the regional minimum salary rates for 2018, as follows:
Region I covers the rural and urban districts of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Bien Hoa City, Thu Dau Mot City, Vung Tau City of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, and some rural districts of Dong Nai and Binh Duong Province. Region II covers the remaining rural districts of Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hai Duong City, Hung Yen City, and some rural districts of Hung Yen Province. Region III covers the remaining provincial cities, Chi Linh town, and some rural districts of Hai Duong and Vinh Phuc Province. Region IV covers the remaining localities.
According to Labour Law 2012, employees who have worked for a full 12 months are entitled to paid annual leave as follows:
The normal working hour should not exceed 8 hours per day and 48 hours per week
According to Article 110, Labour Law 2012, employees are entitled to at least one rest day per week.
As regulated in Article 106, Labour law 2012, any working hours beyond normal working hour as regulated by law, collective labour agreements or internal labour rules will be counted as overtime hours.
Besides, the total of overtime hours could not exceed 30 hours per month and accumulated overtime working hours could not exceed 200 hours per year except for special cases as stipulated by the Government.
The length of probation will depend on job requirements and range from six days to 60 days as follows:
Salary during probationary period will depend on agreement of employee and employer, but must not lower than 85% salary of the job. SHUI contributions are not required during the probationary period. During probationary period, employer and employees have the right to terminate probation contract without notice in advance.
According to Labour Law 2012, employer can terminate labour contract with employees before the expiration if the employee dies, goes missing, loses civil capacity, reaches retirement age, is sentenced to prison or prohibited from performing the job in a court ruling, reaching mutual agreement to terminate labour contract early; a dismissal of the employee under a disciplinary procedure; a restructure of the company or based on the right of the employer to terminate the labour contract unilaterally.
In case employer unilaterally terminate labour contracts with employee, the employer is obligated to give notice in advance before unilaterally terminating. The notice period is 45 days for an indefinite term labour contract; 30 days for definite term contract and 03 days for seasonal contract.
Benefits In Kind
Volunteer private health insurance is not required by the law. However, it is common practice in Vietnam for employers to offer that insurance to employees.
When hiring a new employee, the employer is obligated to register the new employee with relevant authorities (i.e. Social Insurance Department, Department of Statistic, etc.)
Female employees are entitled to 6 months of maternity leave with 100% of salary (the average salary of the last six preceding months) paid by Vietnam Social Insurance’s authority. In case of a multiple births, there shall be an extension of 1 month on the leave period for each child from the second child onward.
When the female employee has taken at least 4 months of maternity leave, she can return to work, provided that the employer agrees. In this case, besides the wage of the working days paid by the employer, the female employee shall continue to receive the maternity allowance, in accordance with the Social Insurance Law.
A male employee is entitled up to 14 days of paternity leave within the first 30 days after the day of childbirth. The number of day off depends on whether it is a single child or more and it is a natural or a surgical birth.
Employees are entitled up to 60 days of sick leave with 75% of salary paid by Social Insurance’s authority. The number of day off depends on the length of social insurance contribution period.
Income Tax Calculation
Resident taxpayer is subject to Personal Income Tax (“PIT”) on worldwide employment income at progressive rates regardless of where the income is paid or earned.
|Vietnam's Progressive Rates|
Monthly Taxable Income (Million VND)
|1||Up to 5||5 %|
|2||Over 5 to 10||10 %|
|3||Over 10 to 18||15 %|
|4||Over 18 to 32||20 %|
|5||Over 32 to 52||25 %|
|6||Over 52 to 80||30 %|
|7||Over 80||35 %|
Non-resident taxpayer is subject to PIT at flat rate of 20% on income earning in Vietnam.
An employer is obligated to withhold PIT from employee’s salary and transfer to tax authorities on behalf of their employees.
Tax payment will be paid on monthly/ quarterly basic.
An employer is obligated to conduct PIT Finalization on behalf of employees who are qualified to authorize employer to conduct their PIT finalization on their behalf at the end of year.
The deadline for submission PIT reports depend on the type of tax reports as follows:
Bank Accounts and Paying Salaries
In Vietnam, it is common practice to pay salary to employees via their bank account. The payment period will depend on company policies/ practices but employees should be paid at least once per month.
13th month and bonus payments are not required by the current law. However, employers usually offer 13th month to employees in Vietnam.
Vietnam Public Holidays 2019
Employees are entitled to public holidays as follows:
|January 1||New Year's Day|
|February 4||Vietnamese New Year Eve|
|February 5||Vietnamese New Year|
|February 6||Vietnamese New Year|
|February 7||Vietnamese New Year|
|February 8||Vietnamese New Year|
|April 15||Hung King's Temple Festival|
|April 29||Reunification Day Holiday|
|April 30||Reunification Day|
|May 1||International Labour Day|
|September 2||National Day|
Local Office Working Hours and Time Zone
Working Hours: 08.00/09.00-17.00/18.00
Standard time zone: UTC + 7 hours
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