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Hiring Employees in Burkina Faso


Spoken Language

French is the official language. The major languages are: Mooré (Center), Dioula (West), Fulfuldé (North), Bissa (South), Gourmanché (East)



Average hours & Overtime

Regular hours and overtime rates of pay are set out in employment contracts or collective agreements. The stipulated working hours are 40 hours per week (5 days) excluding lunch break.

Wages and salaries

There is a mandated minimum wage of 32 218 FCFA (US$ 58.40) per month.

Observed National Holidays and vacation

01/01 – New year
03/01 – Insurection Day
08/03 – Woman day
13/04 – Easter
01/05 – Labor Day
21/05 Ascension
05/08 Independence day
15/08 Assomption
01/11 Toussaint
11/12 Impendence commemoration
25/12 Christmas

Paid Leave

After 12 months in service, employees are entitled to one full month of holidays.
Employees have the right to take 10 paid off for exceptional reasons agreed by the employer
Paternity leave is 3 days

Expats, Visas, & Work Permits

Employers are responsible for obtaining work visa on the working contract.

Termination Notice

Notice period depends on the contractual agreement but ranges from 1 week to 3 month.

Statutory Deductions

Statutory payroll deductions include:

  • CNSS 
  • IUTS 
  • TPA
  • Termination allowance if the worker did more than 12 months of service 

Health Insurance

Provision of health insurance for employees is a common practice, but it is not mandatory.

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