Prime à L’Emploi: July 2023 to June 2024

Following measures announced in budget 2023-2024, the “Prime à L’Emploi Scheme” has been extended with the objective to bring women and persons with disabilities in employment. Under the scheme, Government will provide a monthly “Prime à l’Emploi” of up to Rs 15,000 for the first two years of employment. Qualified employee should take employment between the period 1 July 2023 to 30 June 2024.

The MRA has been entrusted with the responsibility to pay the Prime à L’Emploi.

The following conditions prevail for a qualifying employee:

  1. Employee should be a female person; or

  2. A person with disabilities registered under the Training and Employment of Disabled Persons Act.

The above qualifying employee should also be –

  1. a citizen of Mauritius and is resident in Mauritius;

  2. employed on a full-time basis by an eligible employer;

  3. above the age of 18 years on the date of being employed by the eligible employer;

  4. not in employment for a period of at least three months prior to the date of being employed by the eligible employer;

  5. deriving a basic wage or salary that does not exceed 50,000 rupees in a month; and

  6. an individual who is not undergoing training or a household employee.

The following employers are eligible for the scheme:

An employer established in Mauritius and includes a company, a societe, an association, a trust, a foundation, a co-operative, a charitable institution approved by the Director-General or registered under the Registration of Associations Act, charitable trust or charitable foundation, a religious body and an individual who is an employer.

The following employers are not eligible for the scheme:

  • A Ministry, a Government department, a local authority, a statutory body or the Rodrigues Regional Assembly; a public enterprise; a person employing only household employees; and such category of employer as may be prescribed;

NB: Public Enterprise refers to an institution which is either Government-owned or Government-controlled, and which is entirely or majority-owned or otherwise controlled by the Government or by any other public institution.

Employers are required to maintain the employment of a qualifying employee for a period of at least three years.

Application to join the scheme:

  1. An eligible employer should apply electronically to the Director-General for an approval with respect to its qualifying employee within 15 days from the date the employee takes up employment.

  2. Where the applicable conditions are met, approval is given by the MRA instantly on the website.

  3. On successful submission of the application to join the scheme, an acknowledgement message will be displayed on the screen together with the NIDs of approved qualifying employees.

  4. The application to join the scheme, in respect of an employee, is made only once.

Monthly application for payment of the “Prime à L’Emploi”:

  1. Employers are required to submit, with respect to a month, a monthly application electronically to the Director-General and provide the details of the approved qualifying employees who were employed under the scheme during that month.

  2. Monthly application for payment, with respect to a month, is required to be made within 3 months from the end of that month.

  3. Employers are required to be compliant with their obligations under the Social Contribution and Social Benefits Act 2021, the National Savings Fund Act, the Human Resource Development Act and Part VIII of the Workers’ Rights Act 2019.

Method of application:

To submit an application, employers are required to use their Employer Registration Number (ERN) as user ID and the password allocated by the MRA.

Refund of Allowance by Employer

  1. Where an employer has benefited from an allowance for a particular month and fails to pay the basic wage or salary of the qualifying employee for that month, the employer shall not be entitled to any allowance for any subsequent month and shall be liable to refund the allowance for that month to the Director-General.

  2. Where an employer has benefited from an allowance in excess of the amount to which he is entitled or has provided false, incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate information, the Director-General may recover the excess amount or allowance, in the same manner as income tax is recoverable under Part IVC of the Mauritius Revenue Authority Act.

  3. Where the Director-General determines that a qualifying employee in respect of whom an allowance has been paid has not worked for the employer to whom the allowance has been paid, the employer shall be liable to refund the total allowance that has been paid in respect of that qualifying employee.

  4. Where the employer terminates the employment of a qualifying employee before the end of the period of 3 years, he shall be liable to refund the total allowance that has been paid to him, in respect of that qualifying employee.

General information before making an application:

  • Employers are recommended to use a recent version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as browser to file the application.

  • Kindly note that it is the employer’s responsibility to make a correct and complete application.

  • Please ensure that you provide the name of the declarant, email address and telephone number as they will be used by MRA to communicate with you.

Support services

Eligible employers who are not able to submit an application are requested to send an email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MRA Help Desk service on 207 6000 is also available during office hours from 08 45 to16 30 on working days to assist employers.

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