An overview of statutory benefits on the Falkland Islands
The Falkland Islands have a slightly different pension system to that of the UK. The Retirement Pension Scheme (RPS) is a state-mandated pension system that ensures a base level of retirement income for those who have paid into it. In order to qualify for a full pension, Falkland Islanders must make 2,200 contributions over their working lives.
Workers can usually self-certify with illness for five days, but subsequent consecutive sickness days require a doctor’s note. The amount of sick pay received varies from employer to employer before the employee moves onto statutory sickness pay.
Maternity / Paternity
Mothers are entitled to six weeks of full pay during maternity leave, but in reality most employers offer a more comprehensive maternity leave agreement, often up to 12 weeks of full pay, then potentially half or reduced pay further into the maternity leave.
Fathers are usually entitled to up to two weeks at reduced pay, but this varies from organisation to organisation.
Contractual provisions on the Falkland Islands
Workers on the Falkland Islands must have their probationary period set out in their contract. Usually, this period lasts around three months, but can be up to six months. The probationary period can be extended with written agreement from both parties for any reason.
The Falkland Islands have set working hours for certain positions. Those working in government jobs work between 8 am to 12 pm, then have a lunch break, then again from 1pm till 4:30pm. Private sector employees work until 5pm, but this may vary depending on shift patterns or the type of work.
All Falkland Islanders are entitled to a lunch break of one hour and a sufficient rest period between working days, usually 12 hours at a minimum.
Overtime must be paid in accordance with a pro-rata rate of the employee’s salary depending on the amount of additional hours worked outside of their contract. It is acceptable for employees to opt out of overtime hours, as long as this is agreed to in the employment contract.
Workers on the Falkland Islands are entitled to 22 days of annual leave, rising to 30 days after five years. This does not include additional public holidays.