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Payroll and Benefits Guide Burkina Faso

Last updated: May 03, 2023

Currency
West African CFA Franc (XOF)
Employer Taxes
16.00%
Payroll Frequency
Monthly
Employee Costs
5.5%
Capital
Ouagadougou
Date Format
dd/mm/yyyy
Fiscal Year
1 January - 31 December
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Contribution

Employer
Employer Payroll Contributions
16.00%
Social Security (Occupational Accident, Family Allowance & Old Age Pension)
16.00%
Total Employment Cost
Employee
Employee Payroll Contributions
5.50%
Social Security (Old Age Pension)
5.50%
Total Employee Cost
Employee Income Tax
*
0.00%
0 to 30,000 XOF
12.10%
30,001 – 50,000 XOF
13.90%
50,001 – 80,000 XOF
15.70%
80,001 – 120,000 XOF
18.40%
120,001 – 170,000 XOF
21.70%
170,001 – 250,000  XOF
25.00%
above 250,000 XOF

Employer taxes

Highest
Lowest

Employee taxes

Highest
Lowest

Minimum Wage

General

The minimum wage in Burkina Faso is 34,664 XOF a month in the formal sector however other industries/sectors, such as agriculture, do not have a set minimum wage applicable.

MINIMUM WAGE (PER MONTH)

Highest
Lowest

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

In Burkina Faso, the payroll cycle is usually monthly.

13th Salary

Employers in Burkina Faso commonly pay bonuses to employees at the end of the year.

Working Hours

General

The standard workweek in consists of 40 hours per week.

Overtime

All work exceeding the standard working hours a week is to be paid as overtime and is regulated by employment contract/Collective Agreements. Every hour worked in excess of the permitted number of hours per week should be paid as follows:

  • 15% for the first 8 hours worked after 40th hour
  • 35% for each hour worked after the 48th hour
  • 50% for each hour worked during the night on normal days
  • 60% for each hour worked on Sundays and holidays
  • 120% for each hour worked during the night on Sundays and holidays

Leave

Annual Leave (vacation)

Employees are entitled to a paid time off once they have completed one year of service, of 22 days annual leave.
After 20 years of service the number of days entitlement increases as follows:
2 additional days for 20 years of service
4 additional days for 25 years of service
6 additional days for 30 years of service

Any unused annual leave must be carried over into the following year up to a maximum period of 45 days. After 45 days have passed, any remaining unused annual leave should be paid out to employees.

Public Holidays

Public holidays falling on a weekend are sometimes moved to the following Monday in lieu.

Religious holidays are determined by the lunar cycle and will show as ‘Tentative’ until they are confirmed nearer the date of the holiday.

Date Day Holiday Note
1 Jan 2024 Monday New Year
3 Jan 2024 Wednesday Burkina Faso Popular Uprising Day
8 Mar 2024 Friday International Women’s Day
1 Apr 2024 Monday Easter Monday
10 Apr 2024 Wednesday Eid al-Fitr Tentative
1 May 2024 Wednesday Labour Day
9 May 2024 Thursday Ascension Day
17 Jun 2024 Monday Eid al-Adha Tentative
5 Aug 2024 Monday National Day
15 Aug 2024 Thursday Assumption of Mary
16 Sep 2024 Monday The Prophet’s Birthday Tentative
31 Oct 2024 Thursday Martyrs’ Day
1 Nov 2024 Friday All Saints’ Day
11 Dec 2024 Wednesday Proclamation of Independence Day
25 Dec 2024 Wednesday Christmas Day

Sick Days

Sick pay is determined by the length of employment:

  • Up to 1 year of service – two months’ salary (one month 100% second month 50%)
  • Between 1-5 years of service – four months’ salary (one month 100% remaining month 50%)
  • Between 6-10 years of service – five months’ salary (two months 100% remaining months 50%)
  • Between 11-15 years of service – six months’ salary (three months 100% remaining months 50%)
  • More than 15 years of service – eight months’ salary (four months 100% remaining months 50%)

Maternity Leave

Following completion of three months service, female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, generally starting eight weeks before the expected due but no later than four weeks before.
The maternity pay is paid by the Burkina Faso social insurance programme together with additional family allowances/benefits.

Paternity Leave

Fathers are generally entitled to 3 days paid paternity leave.

Parental Leave

Parental leave is available for parents of a sick child of up to six months unpaid and with providing one months’ notice.

Other Leave

There is no other general leave.

Vacation Days
Public Holidays
Highest
Lowest

PAID MATERNITY LEAVE (DAYS)

Highest
Lowest

Termination

Termination Process

Termination requires notice to be given and a written explanation of the reasons for termination. Prior to terminations for reasons for misconduct a warning needs to be given, and the employee must gets a chance to explain their actions. An employer cannot terminate the contract of an employee in case of absence from work due to illness for up to 1 year.

Notice Period

The statutory notice period is dependent upon the category of the worker.  1 month notice is required for regular full time employees. 3 months notice is required for Managers, Supervisors and Technicians. 8 days notice is required for daily and hourly set up employees.

During the probation period only 1 week notice is required.

Severance Pay

Employees who have worked for at least 1 year are entitled to severance payments upon termination, unless in the case of gross misconduct. The Severance pay amount is determined by the duration of service and is calculated as a percentage of the monthly total compensation per year of service:

  • 25% of monthly wage – 1 to 5 years of service
  • 30% of monthly wage – 5 to 10 years of service
  • 40% of monthly wage – 10+ years of service

Probation Period

The probationary period in Burkina Faso depends upon the type of employment/job role, but is generally 3 months.

VISA

VISA

A work visa is mandatory for foreign employees who need to stay in Burkina Faso for more than 90 days. They will also need a worker card. (This is the work permit obtained by the employer for the employee to work in Burkina Faso). These visas are valid for the entire duration of the employment contract of up to 3 years. It is best to get the work visa and worker card from the nearest Burkina Faso embassy or consulate.

VAT

General

The Standard rate of VAT is 18%

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Date Day Holiday Note
1 Jan 2024 Monday New Year
3 Jan 2024 Wednesday Burkina Faso Popular Uprising Day
8 Mar 2024 Friday International Women’s Day
1 Apr 2024 Monday Easter Monday
10 Apr 2024 Wednesday Eid al-Fitr Tentative
1 May 2024 Wednesday Labour Day
9 May 2024 Thursday Ascension Day
17 Jun 2024 Monday Eid al-Adha Tentative
5 Aug 2024 Monday National Day
15 Aug 2024 Thursday Assumption of Mary
16 Sep 2024 Monday The Prophet’s Birthday Tentative
31 Oct 2024 Thursday Martyrs’ Day
1 Nov 2024 Friday All Saints’ Day
11 Dec 2024 Wednesday Proclamation of Independence Day
25 Dec 2024 Wednesday Christmas Day