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Work Usage in Colombo

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Recently in Sri Lanka, there has been an active development of the work culture. The government has improved minimum wages, vying for foreign investments and ensuring decent conditions.

Working Hours in Sri Lanka

Work hours for office-goers and labour are different. Normally, an office-worker would put in about 8 hours, from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Banks work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shops and markets are in full swing between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Wages in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has set a minimum wage of Rs. 10, 000 per month for workers in any industry, field, etc. The manual labour wages are fixed at Rs. 400 per day. To find out and compare average salaries available in different job profiles and for details, check: or

Work Contracts in Sri Lanka

A contract would decide the benefits due to the employee, the employer's responsibilities towards the employee, and what would be the period of notice in case either party goes for termination of employment, etc.

There can be different types of employments: seasonal, apprentice, casual, etc. and these would have to be taken into consideration for building a contract.

Any new employee would have to work initially for a probationary period, which would have a different set of benefits and rules. After this is over, the confirmed work terms would be much improved and would continue.

Termination in Sri Lanka

Period of termination are worked out in the contract which is signed between the worker and his employer. Usually, if a person wishes to quit prior to completion of probation, the length of notice-period would be shorter and less obligatory than if he has been confirmed.

Time Off and Holidays

The workforce in Sri Lanka has a set scheme of paid leave, casual leave, sick leave, and annual vacation time. For the exact breakup, the HR of your organisation will advise you upon joining.

Within the country, Sundays are off and on every full moon day, it is a Poya holiday. Muslim establishments would have weekly days off on Fridays.

Certain national holidays are fixed for all, such as the Sinhalese New Year, National Day, and Thaipongal.

Example of Public Holidays in Sri Lanka:




Monday January 01 Duruthu Full Moon Poya
Sunday January 14 Tamil Thai Pongal Day
Monday January 15 Tamil Thai Pongal Day Holiday
Wednesday January 31 Navam Full Moon Poya
Sunday February 04 National Day
Monday February 05 Special Bank Holiday
Tuesday February 13 Maha Shivratri
Thursday March 01 Madin Full Moon Poya
Friday March 30 Good Friday
Saturday March 31 Bak Full Moon Poya
Friday April 13 Sinhala and Tamil New Year Eve
Saturday April 14 Sinhala and Tamil New Year
Friday April 20 Half Day Special Bank Holiday
Sunday April 29 Vesak Full Moon Poya
Monday April 30 Vesak Full Moon Poya Holiday
Tuesday May 01 May Day
Tuesday May 29 Adi-Poson Full Moon Poya
Friday June 15 Idul Fitr
Wednesday June 27 Poson Full Moon Poya
Friday July 27 Esala Full Moon Poya
Wednesday August 22 Idul Adha
Saturday August 25 Nikini Full Moon Poya
Monday September 24 Binara Full Moon Poya
Wednesday October 24 Vap Full Moon Poya
Tuesday November 06 Deepavali
Tuesday November 20 Milad-un-Nabi
Thursday November 22 Ill Full Moon Poya
Saturday December 22 Unduvap Full Moon Poya
Tuesday December 25 Christmas Day

Update 22/07/2018


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