Payroll and HR
Administration in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso – Payroll and HR administration services

Global Expansion Plus provides payroll and HR administration services in Burkina Faso. Use our solutions to take care of your people in Burkina Faso. We make sure that your entity is safe from violating local legislation. The Labor Legislation governs Burkina Faso’s labor relations.

Hiring and onboarding employees in Burkina Faso

A fixed-term contract could be signed and then prolonged many times, but if there is mutually prolongation, the fixed agreement is deemed to be indefinite. A single short fixed-term contract cannot exceed 24 months for local employees and 36 months for ex-patriots.

Probation Period

The trial period can vary depending on the category of employees:

The probation period could be prolonged just one time.

Health and Safety

An employer must provide the employee with a safe and healthy work environment, for some sensitive positions require medical checks and medical certification.

Work permits and Visas in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso provides various types of visas and works permit for foreign workers entering employment in the country.

Foreigner nationals can enter Burkina Faso without authorization and visa and work for 90 days unless they enter the local employment contract. If employees want to get employed locally, they need to get a Worker Card and a Long Stay Visa.

The Long Stay Visa is issued for the period of the employment contract and not longer than three years.

Visa Types

Employees from the 18 countries can visit Burkina Faso without a visa: Benin, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senega,l Sierra Leone, Singapore, Togo, United Arab Emirates.

Documents required for the entry visa are the following:

Entry visa permits multiply entries for five years.

Work Permit

A work permit is obtained by the inviting company (sponsor) and could be prolonged based on the signed contract.

Working hours and leaves in Burkina Faso

Working hours and overtime

A standard workweek in Burkina Faso is 40 hours. The working days per week are limited by 6. The weekly 24-hour rest is required, and usually, it is a Sunday day-off.

Employees working over agreed hours are paid overtime premiums ranging from 15% to 120% of the standard wage rate. There is no additional pay for the night shifters.

Vacation leave

Annual vacation leave is 22 working days.

Maternity and paternity leave

Maternity leave equals 14 weeks and starts at the earliest eight weeks before childbirth and the latest four weeks before if a case of complicated pregnancy additional three weeks can be added to standard maternity term.

Working mothers can have breaks for breastfeeding for 14 months after childbirth.

A male employee has three paid days of paternity leave.

Holidays in Burkina Faso 2021

Remuneration & Benefits in Burkina Faso

The minimum wage in Burkina Faso equals 34,664 CFA francs per month.

Employee termination and severance in Burkina Faso

Employees can be terminated due to economic reasons or severe misconduct. The labor code requires reasonable causes for employee dismissal.

Employers are required to consider all alternatives to the termination as re-training or transfer to a new job.

The labor code prohibits any discriminatory reasons for the termination as race, gender, illness, or religion.

If the dismissal or termination is based on the significant misconduct is should be documented in written and provided to the employee.

Notice period

The termination notice must be given to employees as follows:

Staff reduction requires a 30-day notice period.

Severance payments

Only employees with one year of work record are eligible to obtain severance payment, and he/she has not committed any serious violation on internal rules. Severance pay based on the percentage of the overall monthly wages as follows:

Payroll related taxes in Burkina Faso

Employee taxes

Personal income tax applied in Burkina Faso has a progressive nature:

An employee is paying 5,5% of social security contribution.

Employer taxes

Social security contributions consist of payments to different funds and constitute 16% of employees’ gross salaries.

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