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Employer of Record (EOR) in Senegal

What you'll learn

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

Senegal is a country in west Africa bordered by Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, and Gambia. The country includes a wide mix of ethnic and linguistic communities, with the largest including the Wolof, Fula, and Serer people, with the Wolof and French languages acting as bridge/common languages. Senegal has strong international and relations with neighboring economies, and its competitive production costs and skilled workforce are helping to grow its economy.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees are generally entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, 8 of those weeks must be taken after the birth of the child. Fathers can receive 1 day of paid paternity leave for the birth of their child.

Sick Leave

Employees who have worked at a company for at least 6 months are entitled to 5 days of paid sick leave each year.

Paid Leave

There are 14 national holidays in Senegal, and employees are entitled to at least 24 days of paid time off each year.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage for employees in Senegal is XOF 209.10 per hour, and a standard workweek is 40 hours. Any work exceeding the standard workweek is considered overtime and is regulated by contracts/collective agreements at a maximum of 100 hours per year. The overtime pay ranges between 110%-200% depending on when it is worked.

Termination Process

Process

Employers can terminate an employment contract for reasons related to business, personal, or worker misconduct. Terminations require notice and a written explanation. If the reason for termination misconduct, the employer needs to give a warning and the employee gets a chance to explain their actions.

Notice Period

The notice period required for terminations in Senegal depends on the type of job. For just cause terminations, executives need to be given 3 months of notice, while white-collar and blue-collar workers only need 1 month of notice.

Severance Pay

Severance payments are determined by the length of time the employee has worked at the company, and is a percentage of 25% to 40% based on the average salary, length of employment, and any collective bargaining agreements in place.

Additional Information

While not explicitly mandatory, in Senegal a 13th month salary is customary and generally paid out at the end of the year, around the holidays.

OVERVIEW
Language(s):
French, Wolof
Currency:
West African CFA Franc (XOF)
Capital City:
Dakar
Population:
17.3 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
N/A
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
18%
Employer TaxES
15.9%
(estimated)

★  7% - Social Security

★  1.5% - Health Fund

★  7.4% - Retirement Fund

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How Remofirst employs in Senegal

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 Senegal 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 Senegal 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 Senegal, 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.