Work and Public Holidays

Sundays and public holidays are not working days in Vanuatu. In most cases, an employee is not obliged to work on Sundays or public holidays. An employee may, however, agree to work on a Sunday or a public holiday, as he or she wishes.

When an employee agrees to work on a Sunday or public holiday, his or her salary is increased by 50%, except for businesses which by nature stay open on Sundays and public holidays. For hotels, restaurants and supermarkets, for example, employees may not be entitled to a leave or a pay increase.