Peru’s stable political environment and solid economy makes it a good prospect for doing business in Latin America. But, depending on the nature of your engagement with the South American country, hiring staff through a professional employer organization in Peru could be your ideal option.
Because, when you hire through a professional employer organization in Peru — which can also be referred to as a PEO — you avoid the need to incorporate a local entity, enjoy guaranteed compliance from the provider, and are able to get to work in only the time it takes to find the staff you need. As part of a compliance guarantee, your provider will take care of a range of legal and administrative concerns, including managing the salaries of staff, and as such is often referred to as a PEO payroll company.
Peru has emerged as an increasingly popular destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) over recent years, with FDI as a percentage of GDP more than doubling from 1.57% in 2000 to 3.89% in 2019.
While Peru is perhaps best known as an investment destination in terms of opportunities available in the mining sector, with the country sitting on large reserves of copper and gold and investment in the sector hitting $5.24 billion in 2021 (all figures in USD).
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Agriculture and fishing are also major industries, generating a significant portion of GDP and attracting foreign investment, with fruits, nuts, soy, and seafood among Peru’s most important exports.
Peru is also a major trade hub, with the port of Callao having one of the highest container throughputs in Latin America, and being just one of three major ports serving the Pacific Ocean. In 2021, Peruvian exports hit new records, with agro-export companies among the fastest growing.
Peru’s trade credentials are boosted by its status as a founding member of the Pacific Alliance — an economic association including Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, and to which Ecuador has formally applied to join.
In late 2021, the Pacific Alliance demonstrated its long-rumored interest in expanding into Asia-Pacific when Singapore was inaugurated as an associate member. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Korea have been named as potential candidates for similar status in the future.
Alongside its neighbors Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador, Peru is also a founding member of the Andean Community of Nations (CAN), a more than half century old regional integration initiative, which has continued to implement a range of integration measures in recent years.
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What to expect from a professional employer organization in Peru
A professional employer organization in Peru will seek, hire, and onboard staff on the behalf of a client, as well as managing their payroll. That means, depending on the profile of the staff being sought, the client can have local workers in the space of a few weeks or even days.
While they will officially be employees of the professional employer organization, they will report directly to the client, who will retain full control over their schedules and workloads. As such, they will effectively act as employees of the client.
In providing PEO payroll company services in Peru, the provider will oversee the salaries and other administrative matters, generally charging the client on a per employee basis.
That fee will often work out to be less than the cost of going through company formation and subsequent liquidation, while also comes with the convenience of having a complex administrative and compliance matter covered by a third-party provider with proven expertise.
That in turn means that when you partner up with a professional employer organization in Peru, you enjoy the benefit of guaranteed compliance with all relevant aspects of commercial, employment, and labor law.
REAL-LIFE EXAMPLE: A US company is looking to hire a bilingual software developer. They decide that a Peruvian employee may be a good option (having a high level of education, often being bilingual and costing less than a US employee). However, the US company does not want to go through the administrative hassle of forming a local company in Peru. Instead, they work with an Peruvian PEO service provider who can ‘hire’ the individual, and comply with all local employment requirements. While the employee is technically employed by the PEO, they will be directed by the US company.
Compliance issues handled by a PEO payroll company in Peru
Your professional employer organization in Peru will implement the following statutory obligations related to maintaining employees:
- Working Hours: The standard workweek is eight hours per day, with a maximum of 48 hours per week.
- Bonuses: In Peru, employees are entitled to a ’13th’ and ’14th’ salary, bonuses each equal to a month of salary and usually distributed in July and December.
- Vacation leave: Employees are entitled to 30 days of paid vacation leave per calendar year, of which 15 must be taken as holiday and the rest can be cashed out.
- Sick Leave: Employers are obliged to pay the first 20 days of doctor-authorized sick leave, after which it is covered by the public health provider Essalud.
- Parenthood leave: In Peru, labor law allows for paid maternity leave totaling 98 days, made up of 49 days before the due date and 49 days after. In the case of paternity leave, new fathers are entitled to 10 consecutive days of paid leave.
- Terminations: In the event an employee has their contract terminated unless for misconduct, they will be entitled to severance payments on top of any outstanding salary, which the PEO payroll company in Peru will calculate and oversee the payment of.
How to use a payroll calculator
If you are keen to get an idea of the possible costs involved in payroll outsourcing in Peru, using a payroll calculator is one way to get a very good estimate.
Because while a payroll calculator won’t be completely accurate, it will give you the opportunity to search according to the salary, the number of employees, the country you want to enter, and the currency you wish to work in. As such, you will be able to understand your likely costs across a range of salaries, while also being able to compare other countries as potential alternative destinations.
You can find the BLH payroll calculator at the bottom of our Hiring & PEO Services page. The calculator will allow you to make good estimations of the costs involved in hiring in Latin America and the Caribbean based on country, currency, and salary, with the calculator factoring in local statutory deductions.
To use the BLH payroll calculator, you will need to undertake the following steps:
Step 1: Select the country
Choose the country where you are doing business, or planning to launch. This feature will be useful when it comes to comparing potential alternative markets.
Step 2: Select the currency you wish to deal in
You can choose between US dollars (USD), British Sterling (GBP) and Euros, as well as the local currency for the country you are looking at, based on that which is most convenient to you. Note that for Ecuador, El Salvador, and Panama, the local currency is also USD, as they have dollarized economies.
Step 3: Indicate an employees monthly income
Here you can indicate the expected salary you will be paying an employee, in the currency of your choice.
Step 4: Calculate your estimated costs
Based on all of the information you have provided, you will receive results indicating your estimated costs, including a breakdown for estimated statutory benefits you will be liable for.
Step 5: Compare your costs to other options
With a good estimate at hand of how much your staff in Peru would be, if you are flexible about your expansion into Latin America and the Caribbean, you can use the BLH payroll calculator to compare those costs to other jurisdictions.
Common FAQs when hiring through an Employer of Record (EOR) in Peru
Based on our experience these are the common questions and doubts of our clients.
You can hire an employee by incorporating your own legal entity in Peru, and then using your own entity to hire employees or you can hire through an Employer of Record (EOR), which is a third party organization that allows you to hire employees in Peru by acting as the legal employer. Meaning you do not need a Peruvian legal entity to hire local employees.
A standard Peruvian employment contract should be written in Spanish (and can also be in English) and contain the following information:
-ID and address of the employer and employee
-City and date
-Location where the service will be provided.
-Specific agreements or pacts.
-What are the mandatory employment benefits in Peru?
-Social Security Contributions (health, pension, and occupational risk)
-CTS (Compensation for Time of Service)
-Family Allowance (if applicable)
-National Holidays Bonus
-Profit Sharing (if applicable to the sector)
– Social Security Contributions (health, pension, and occupational risk)
– CTS (Compensation for Time of Service)
– Family Allowance (if applicable)
– National Holidays Bonus
– Christmas Bonus
– Profit Sharing (if applicable to the sector)
– To learn more please read our recent article on
– Employment laws in Peru.
For more information on mandatory employment benefits read our recent article on Employment laws in Peru.
The total cost for an employer to hire an employee in Peru can vary based on the salary; however, indicatively the employer cost for mandatory employment benefits is 30% to 40% percent of the gross employee salary, which is additional to the employee’s gross salary.
Please use our Payroll Calculator to calculate employment costs.
It’s important to know if the provider manages local employment in Peru. Having a local employer is crucial, as they handle tasks like maintaining a local entity, registering with tax authorities, payroll processing, tax filing, benefits, and HR compliance. Additionally, the provider must maintain proper corporate governance for all their companies.
It seems obvious but you do need to ensure that the EOR can provide its services in Peru. It is also worth checking which other countries they operate in. Not all providers have global advisory services. Hiring one with such services eliminates the need for multiple consultants to manage compliance in all your countries of operation.
When working with an Employer of Record (EOR), the contractual handling of the employment relationship is crucial. The EOR serves as the legal employer and needs a contract with the worker, which may or may not include you. The agreement must be compliant with the law and aligned with your company’s practices across all locations the EOR supports. Contracts vary across territories. Some have detailed tripartite agreements, clearly defining responsibilities, with the EOR handling payments, taxes, and local matters, while you retain policy control. Benefits and statutory requirements should be discussed. When choosing an EOR, examine their template agreements for consistency and consider how they ensure uniformity while complying with local practices.
For effective multi-country HR and Payroll support, the Employer of Record needs extensive international payroll and HR expertise, as well as a good understanding of local employment and tax laws. Look for evidence of robust processes and comprehensive guides to simplify information. During the sales or onboarding process, speak to those responsible for employment compliance and assess their depth of knowledge and understanding of your challenges. Inquire about written guides for your convenience, as this shows their investment in supporting customers with local regulations.
Employers of Record often keep their local employment practices in different countries undisclosed. However, understanding these practices is essential due to significant legal differences. Some countries allow unlimited EoR models, while others have time or job function limitations. Compliance with these limitations is mandatory, as violating local laws can lead to serious consequences.
Biz Latin Hub can be your professional employer organization in Peru
At Biz Latin Hub, we provide integrated market entry and back-office services throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, with teams in 17 major cities throughout the region and trusted partners in the markets where we are not present. That makes us an ideal partner to support multi-jurisdiction market entries and cross-border operations.
Contact us today to find out more about how we can assist you.
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