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Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Employer of Record (EOR) in Democratic Republic of the Congo

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Democratic Republic of the Congo Introduction

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, is a country in Central Africa. It’s the 2nd-largest country in Africa and the most populous french-speaking country. The country is rich in natural resources of diamond, copper, and cobalt, and also has the largest forest reserves in Africa.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees who have been employed at their company for at least 6 months are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave which is partially paid. The leave may be used before and after the birth, with the maximum amount of postnatal leave at 8 weeks.

Sick Leave

Employees who have been employed at their company for at least 6 months can receive up to 10 days of paid sick leave. After 10 days their pay will incrementally decrease every 10 days for up to 30 days. If the employee is unable to return to work after 30 days, their employment may be temporarily suspended.

Paid Leave

There are 9 public holidays in DRC, and employees who have worked at their company for 2+ years are entitled to 12 days of paid time off each year, accrued 1 day per month. After 5 years, they may also receive 1 additional day of leave for each 5 years of service with their company.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage in DRC is CDF 7,075 per day. Standard working hours are 9 hours per day or 45 hours a week. Overtime pay will vary between 130% for regular overtime and 200% if working on the weekly rest day.

Termination Process

Process

An employer may dismiss an employee with cause according to labor codes, including unlawful acts, change in operational needs. Employers need to notify the employee in writing stating the reason for dismissal.

Notice Period

Labor laws in DRC require that employers give 14 working days of notice for employees with less than 1 year at the company. After each continuous year of service, employers must include an additional 7 days of notice.

Severance Pay

Employees in DRC with 6+ month fixed contracts or indefinite contracts are eligible for severance pay, which is calculated according to their salary and length of time at the company.

Additional Information

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OVERVIEW
Language(s):
French
Currency:
Congolese Franc (CDF)
Capital City:
Kinshasa
Population:
95.8 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
N/A
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
18%
Employer TaxES
9%
(estimated)

★  9% - Social Security

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How Remofirst employs in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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 Democratic Republic of the Congo 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo are paid on time in Congolese Franc (CDF). 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 Democratic Republic of the Congo, 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.