by Kira Rubiano—guest blogger on May 17, 2017, 5:00:00 PM

9 Fun Global Payroll Facts From Around the World


If you find yourself at the hotel bar with fellow APA members after an exciting day of workshops and Expo events and want impress them, here’s your chance. These fun global payroll facts will make for a good laugh and fun conversation:

The Swedes are the most generous when it comes to spending time with newborns. In Sweden, parents are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave.

Don’t want to pay income tax on your earnings? Head over to one of these countries:

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Qatar

Feel like you’re not putting in enough hours at the office? Head over to one of these countries where the work week is 48+ hours.

  • Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Bahrain
  • United Arab Emirates

Is the commute to work putting a dent in your pocket? Not in Japan! The Japanese receive a commuting allowance that is calculated using the exact commute and route one takes to and from work.

What country has one of the largest Employer Tax Burdens? That would be France, where the employer tax burden is anywhere from 35%-40%.

If it is Christmas time and you need a little extra cash for all of those gifts, then one of these countries is where you should be. The following locations include an extra pay cycle, usually in December to provide extra money for all of those extra expenses:

  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Belgium

Find yourself debating whether to go to church on Sunday morning? Well, in Germany you can go to service only if you contribute Church Tax (deducted via payroll).

Health exams are a requirement as part of the onboarding process in Brazil.

Most countries around the world have 20+ minimum paid vacation days (not including public holidays).

Kira Rubiano is the Senior Manager of Partnerships in Europe and Asia Pac for Celergo Global Payroll. Rubiano manages 100+ global partnerships, which include all local partners. In addition, she is Celergo’s internal resource for all payroll knowledge in the Europe and Asia Pac regions.

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