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Payroll and Benefits Guide Burkina Faso

Last updated: May 03, 2023

West African CFA Franc (XOF)
Employer Taxes
Payroll Frequency
Employee Costs
Date Format
Fiscal Year
1 January- 31 December



Employer Payroll Contributions

16.00% Total Employment Cost

Social Security (Occupational Accident, Family Allowance & Old Age Pension)


Employee Payroll Contributions

5.50% Total Employee Cost
5.50% Social Security

(Old Age Pension)


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


Employee taxes


Minimum Wage


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.




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


The standard workweek in consists of 40 hours per week.


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

Working Week



Paid Time Off

Employees are entitled to 22 paid days of annual leave once they have completed one year of service

After 20 years of service the number of days of 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
Vacation Days
Public Holidays

Public Holidays

There are 14 Public Holidays in 2023.

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.


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.



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.



The standard rate of VAT is 18%.

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Public Holidays Calendar

Burkina Faso 2023
Day Date Holiday Notes
Sunday Jan-1 New Year's Day
Monday Jan-2 New Year's Day Holiday In lieu
Tuesday Jan-3 Revolution Day
Wednesday Mar-8 International Women's Day
Monday Apr-10 Easter Monday
Saturday Apr-22 Ramadan Tentative
Monday May-1 Labour Day
Thursday May-18 Ascension Day
Thursday Jun-29 Tabaski Tentative
Saturday Aug-5 Independence Day
Tuesday Aug-15 Assumption Day
Sunday Oct-15 Anniversary of the 1987 coup d’état
Wednesday Nov-1 All Saints’ Day
Monday Dec-11 Proclamation of the Republic
Monday Dec-25 Christmas Day