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Burkina Faso

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Employer of Record (EOR) in Burkina Faso

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Burkina Faso Introduction

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa that is bordered by Mali, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast. Agriculture represents 32% of its GDP, while the country has also seen an upswing in gold exploration, production, and exports.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

After 3 months at a company, pregnant employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, which is usually taken as 8 weeks before the due date (no less than 4 weeks before the due date), and 6 weeks after. Fathers are entitled to 3 days of paid paternity leave. This leave is paid for by the social insurance program.

Sick Leave

Sick leave in Burkina Faso is determined by the length of time at the company. Usually the first month (or few months, depending on the time allowed) will be paid for at 100% salary and the remaining will be at 50% salary. Employers cannot terminate an employee because of absence due to illness for up to 1 year.

  • Less than 1 year = 2 months
  • 1-5 years = 4 months
  • 6-10 years = 5 months
  • 11-15 years = 6 months
  • 15+ years = 8 months

Paid Leave

There are 18 public holidays in Burkina Faso, and employees are entitled to 22 paid days of paid time off once they have finished 1 year of service at the company. After 20 years at a company, the number of days goes up by 2 for each 5 years worked.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage in Burkina Faso is XOF 34,664 per month in the formal sector, however other industries (such as agriculture) do not have a set minimum wage. The standard workweek is 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday. Any work exceeding 40 hours is due overtime pay with a maximum number of hours allowed.

Termination Process

Process

Employers can terminate a fixed term contract for reasons that are business-related, personal, or for employee misconduct. This termination requires a notice and written explanation of the reason. If the reason for termination is misconduct, one written and 2 verbal warnings must be given, and the employee has a chance to explain their actions.

Notice Period

The notice period is dependent on the category of employee/role. The common notice periods are 8 days for part-time contracts, 1 month for full-time employees, and 3 months for managers, technicians, and supervisors.

Severance Pay

Unless the termination is for misconduct, employees who have worked at a company for more than 1 year are entitled to severance pay.

Additional Information

Employers commonly pay out bonuses at the end of the year, but it is not required by law.

OVERVIEW
Language(s):
French
Currency:
West African CFA Franc (XOF)
Capital City:
Ouagadougou
Population:
22.1 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
N/A
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
18%
Employer TaxES
16%
(estimated)

★  16% - Social Security

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It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Burkina Faso get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Burkina Faso are paid on time in West African CFA Franc (XOF). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Burkina Faso, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.