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Employer of Record Ecuador

Hire staff and expand your business in Ecuador with our fully-managed EOR Service

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Unrivalled Employer of Record Service in Ecuador designed to expand your business seamlessly

Agility EOR delivers services for business’s looking for an Employer of Record in Ecuador. We help clients hire new employees or transfer existing employees into a fully-managed EOR service.

We appreciate that each situation and business is different. That is why our personal approach to Employer of Record Services in Ecuador takes care of all HR, payroll, recruitment and compliance head aches, and allows you to do what you love best – driving your business forward.

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Employer of Record in Ecuador

A Brief Guide to Ecuador

Welcome to Ecuador, a beautiful gem nestled on the western coast of South America. Known for its diverse landscape and rich cultural history, Ecuador is the gateway to the equator and boasts of bustling urban cities, and tranquil countryside landscapes.




South America

Capital City


Official Languages



283,561 km²


Approx. 18 million (2023 estimate)


US Dollar (USD)

Major Cities

Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca


Approx. $110 billion (2023 estimate)

Major Industries

Petroleum, Food Processing, Textiles, Metal Work

Business Culture

Business Culture in Ecuador

In Ecuador, relationships are key to successful business dealings. Respect and trust are built over time, so don’t be surprised if initial meetings are more about getting to know you than immediate business. It’s important to have Spanish-speaking capabilities within your team as Spanish is the official language. Punctuality is valued, but meetings often start and finish late by international standards. Formal dress is the norm, so think suits and ties.

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Payroll and Taxes

Payroll and Taxes in Ecuador

In Ecuador it is mandatory to make 13th and sometimes 14th month salary payments. The 13th month payment is equivalent to the employee’s monthly wage, and is usually paid in December. The 14th month payment is a fixed amount of a monthly minimum wage, which is adjusted annually by the Ecuadorian government. In 2023 this amount it $450.

Employee Taxation

In Ecuador, income tax rates are progressive, with higher income levels subject to higher tax rates.

Gross Annual Income (USD)

Tax Rate (%)

Up to $11,722   


$11,723 – $14,935


$14,936 – $18,666


$18,667 – $22,418


$22,419 – $32,783


$32,784 – $43,147


$43,148 – $53,512


$53,513 – $63,876


$63,877 – $103,644


$103,644 +


Employer Taxation

Employers in Ecuador are also responsible for various employer costs, which may include:

Fund Type


Social security


Education and Training Levy


Pension and Healthcare

Ecuador Pensions

Ecuador has a social security system that includes pension provision. The Ecuadorian Social Security Institute (IESS) administers these pension schemes. Both employers and employees contribute to the pension fund, with the employer contributing a significantly larger proportion. Self-employed people also have the option to contribute to the pension fund.

Healthcare in Ecuador

In Ecuador, the public healthcare system is predominantly funded by the state, with funds coming from taxes and social security contributions. However, the system is tiered, with those contributing to the Ecuadorian Social Security Institute (IESS) receiving a higher level of care.

Despite the universal public healthcare, many residents and expats also maintain private health insurance. This provides access to private hospitals and clinics, which often offer shorter waiting times and more comfortable facilities. However, the quality of both public and private healthcare can vary significantly, especially between urban and rural areas.

Healthcare professionals in Ecuador are generally well-trained, particularly in larger cities. Many doctors in urban areas have received at least part of their training abroad and may speak English. 

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Employment Law

Employment Law in Ecuador

Relevant Legislation:

Employment in Ecuador is regulated by the Labour Code of Ecuador, known as the ‘Código del Trabajo’. Apart from the ‘Código del Trabajo’, other regulations also apply. For instance, the ‘Ley de Seguridad Social’ governs social security matters, and the ‘Código Civil’ may also apply to certain contractual issues.

Employment Contracts: While oral agreements are technically legal, it is highly recommended to always use a written contract. These contracts should specify salary, benefits, duration of the contract (if applicable), and the job’s description.

Working Hours: While the standard workweek is 40 hours, in practice, many employees in certain sectors may work more. However, any work exceeding the standard 40 hours is considered overtime.

Leave: Apart from the 15 days of paid annual leave, Ecuadorian law also stipulates that female employees are entitled to a 12-week maternity leave. Paternity leave is also recognized, with new fathers entitled to 10 days off.

Overtime: Overtime is compensated at a rate of 1.5 times the normal salary rate for the first four hours, and twice the rate for any hours exceeding this.

Termination: Grounds for dismissal include neglect of duties, dishonesty, and regular intoxication. The employer must prove the existence of a valid cause to the Labour Inspectorate. Failure to do so may result in the employee being reinstated or the employer having to pay compensation.

Notice: The required notice period depends on the duration of the contract. For indefinite contracts, a 15-day notice is required. For fixed-term contracts, no notice is required if the contract is ending on its agreed termination date.

Severance Pay: Severance pay depends on the duration of the contract and the reason for termination. It generally ranges from three to twelve months’ wages.


Work Permits in Ecuador

The Ministry of Human Mobility is responsible for overseeing immigration. There are several types of visas available, such as:

  • Temporary Residency Visa: Granted for two years and can be renewed. This visa allows the holder to work.
  • Permanent Residency Visa: Can be applied for after holding a Temporary Residency Visa for at least 21 months. It allows the holder to work and stay indefinitely in Ecuador.
  • Work Visa: Issued for individuals with a job offer from an Ecuadorian employer. The employer usually initiates the application.
  • Student Visa: Granted to those enrolled in an Ecuadorian educational institution.

Processing times for visas can vary, and it’s always recommended to start the application process well in advance of your planned arrival in Ecuador.

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Public Holidays

Ecuador Public Holidays



New Year’s Day

January 1


Variable (February or March)

Good Friday

Variable (March or April)

Labour Day

May 1

Battle of Pichincha

May 24

Independence Day

August 10

Guayaquil Independence Day

October 9

Day of the Dead

November 2

Cuenca Independence Day

November 3

Christmas Day

December 25

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The Benefits

Ecuador Employer of Record Benefits

When you choose Agility EOR to expand in Ecuador, we guarantee an Employer of Record Service tailored to the needs of your business


We are on top of regulatory changes in Ecuador so you can relax.

Cost reduction

Allow our economies of scale to work in your favour.

High Service Levels

You and your employees have a dedicated account manager.

Fixed Cost Pricing

We will agree our professional fees up front based on your needs - no nasty surprises!

Consolidated Invoicing & Payments

Make one monthly payment to cover all your tax, social and wages costs from one to one thousand employees.

Fast delivery

You can have 'boots on the ground' within days on our infrastructure.

Reduced Risk

All wage taxes are remitted in full to the Ecuadorian authorities by professionals ensuring liabilities are met, giving you peace of mind.

Supply Chain Transparency

We only pay employees through local full employed solutions meaning Ecuador payroll tax is paid on all funds.

Save Time and Money

Our expertise is at your disposal. The need for you to have internal HR, Payroll and admin staff is eliminated.

Without Agility EOR, our ability to move quickly and scale would be extremely limited. Superb work from A to Z.

Carol Oliveira