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    Peru – Employer of Record

    AVASO provides employer of record services for customers that want to hire employees and run payroll without first establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Peru. Your candidate is hired via AVASOs’ Peru PEO in accordance with local labor laws and can be onboarded in days instead of the months it typically takes. The individual is assigned to work on your team, working on your company’s behalf exactly as if he or she were your employee to fulfill your in-country requirements.

    Table of Contents

    • Hiring in Peru
    • Employment Contracts in Peru
    • Working Hours in Peru
    • Holidays in Peru
    • Vacation Days in Peru
    • Peru Sick Leave
    • Maternity/Paternity Leave in Peru
    • Health Insurance in Peru
    • Peru Supplementary Benefits
    • Bonuses
    • Termination/Severance in Peru
    • Paying Taxes in Peru

    Our comprehensive solution and Global PEO service enable customers to run payroll in Peru while HR services, tax, and compliance management matters are lifted from their shoulders onto ours. As a Global PEO expert, we manage employment contract best practices, statutory and market norm benefits, and employee expenses, as well as severance and termination if required. We also keep you apprised of changes to local employment laws in Peru.

    Your new employee is productive sooner, has a better hiring experience and is 100% dedicated to your team. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you have a team of dedicated employment experts assisting with every hire. AVASO allows you to harness the talent of the brightest people in more than 185 countries around the world, quickly and painlessly.

    Hiring in Peru

    Peru is located in western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean. The Andes, the longest continental mountain range in the world, extend the length of Peru. 31 million people live in Peru, and their official languages are Spanish and the Amerindian languages Quechua and Aymara.

    When negotiating terms of an employment contract and offer letter with an employee in Peru, it may be useful to keep the following in mind:

    Employment Contracts in Peru

    Fixed-term contracts are permitted for up to five years, must be in writing, and must be registered with the Labour Ministry.

    Legally, employment contracts in Peru can be written or verbal, but it is best practice to put a written employment contract in place in Peru, in the local language, which spells out the terms of the employee’s compensation, benefits, and termination requirements. An offer letter and employment contract in Peru should always state the salary and any compensation amounts in Peruvian soles rather than a foreign currency.

    Working Hours in Peru

    The standard workweek is eight hours per day with a maximum of 48 hours per week.

    Holidays in Peru

    Peru celebrates 12 national holidays:

    • New Year’s Day
    • Maundy Thursday
    • Good Friday
    • Easter
    • Labor Day
    • Saint Peter & Saint Paul
    • Peruvian Independence Day (2 day holiday)
    • Saint Rose of Lima
    • Battle of Angamos
    • All Saints Day
    • Immaculate Conception
    • Christmas

    Vacation Days in Peru

    In general, employees are entitled to one month of paid leave each year.

    Peru Sick Leave

    Employees are generally entitled to at least five days of paid sick leave annually.

    Maternity/Paternity Leave in Peru

    Female employees are generally entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, seven to be taken before the birth and seven after.

    Fathers are entitled to 10 consecutive days of paid paternity leave.

    Health Insurance in Peru

    Peru has a public/private healthcare system.

    Peru Supplementary Benefits

    Employers commonly provide supplemental health insurance.

    After four years of service, employees are generally entitled to life insurance.


    In general, employees are entitled to a bonus in July and a second bonus in December, each of which should be equivalent to a month of salary.

    Employees are also generally entitled to receive an extraordinary bonus of 9% of the bonuses received in July and December.

    Additionally, employees are generally entitled to Compensation for Length of Services, a benefit that is usually equivalent to 1.16 of the employee’s monthly salary, 50% to be paid in May and 50% in November.

    Finally, employers with more than 20 employees must share profits among their employees.
    This information is provided as generally accepted information and is not intended as advisory services.

    Termination/Severance in Peru

    Probationary periods of three months to one year are permitted.

    Employees may be terminated on objective grounds or for cause, with documentation.  In general, employees should get at least six calendar days of written notice so that the employee can respond in writing with a defense, or 30 calendar days to prove his/her capability. The employer must also provide in writing to the employee, and trade union if applicable, the dismissal decision and the reason for the dismissal.

    Employees dismissed without cause are generally entitled to severance pay for up to 12 months.

    Paying Taxes in Peru

    Employers contribute:

    • 9% of payroll to the National Health System (RPS), although if they provide supplemental health plans to their employees, they can get a credit for some of that expense.
    • An average of 11.5% of gross salary to ASPs, private entities that manage pension funds which provide employees retirement and disability pensions and funeral costs.

    Employers also are required to have supplementary insurance for risky work.

    Employees contribute 13% of their salaries to the National Pensions System, but they may switch to a Private Pension System.