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Benin Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Benin




West African CFA Franc (CFA)



Payroll Frequency

Daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly

GDP per Capita

$1,428.40 (2021)

Employer Tax

16.4% - 19.4%

Talent Overview

Benin is a country in Western Africa that was formerly known as Dahomey. It was the first African country to successfully transition from a dictatorship to a democracy in the 1990s. Around 65% of the population in Benin is 25 years old, and the median age here is just 17. This country’s economy is mainly dependent on agriculture, specifically cotton.

Major economic hubs:

Porto-Novo, Cotonou, Parakou

Skills in demand:

Medicine Practice, Law, Banking, Sales, Wholesaling, Retail, Account Management

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Benin are as follows:

Uni1 61

Université d’Abomey – Calavi


Local: 1

World: 6,944

Uni2 53

Université de Parakou


Local: 2

World: 9,743

Uni3 45

Université Nationale d’Agriculture


Local: 3

World: 11,998

Uni4 45

Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel


Local: 4

World: 12,174

Benin Uni5

Université Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest


Local: 5

World: 12,547

Salary Data

Some of the popular jobs and their annual salaries are listed below:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (CFA) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
General Manager 627,000 1015
Sales Manager 569,000 921
Information Technology Manager 563,000 912
Human Resources Manager 532,000 862
Accounting Manager 506,000 820
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Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:


Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:

Talent Plus Afrique

Employing in Benin

Below are the key points an employer must keep in mind while seeking employees in Benin.

Employee Contract:

Employment contracts in Benin must be drafted in the local language and clearly state the compensation, benefits, and termination requirements. They can be for both fixed periods and indefinite periods. However, fixed-period contracts can be drafted for up to 48 months only.

Probation Period

The probationary period for employees in Benin can be from 15 days to 3 months based on type of employment.
Public and Provincial Holidays 2023:

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
10 Jan Vodoun Festival Public Holiday
10 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
22 Apr Korité (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 May Labour Day Public Holiday
18 May Ascension Day Public Holiday
29 May Whit Monday Public Holiday
29 Jun Tabaski (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 Aug Independence Day Public Holiday
15 Aug Assumption of Mary Public Holiday
27 Sep Maouloud (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 Nov All Saints’ Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves:

Type of Leave Duration Mandatory
Annual Leave 24 days Dependent on Employment Contract
Sick Leave 6 – 12 months based on years of service Dependent on Employment Contract and duration
Maternity Leave 14 weeks Dependent on Employment Contract


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Payroll Cycle

Employees in Benin can be paid daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

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Minimum Wage

As of 2022, the minimum wage in Benin is 40,000 CFA per month.

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Overtime Pay

Maximum overtime permitted in Benin is 240 hours a year, paid at 112% of the standard hourly wage for the first 8 hours and at 135% for the subsequent hours worked every week.


13th Month Pay:

Benin has no legal provision for 13th-month pay.

Employee Benefits:

  • Maternity Leave
  • Paternity Leave
  • Social Security
  • Accommodation
  • Food Vouchers
  • Transportation
  • Bonuses
  • Insurance


Employer Payroll Tax:

Type of Contribution Contribution Maximum Monthly Cap of Contribution (XOF)
Social Security contributions 15.40%
Contribution for Pension 6.40%
Contribution for Family Allowance 9.00%
Contribution for Industrial Injury Assistance 4.00% Range of Contribution is 1 % – 4 %

Employee Payroll Tax:

Type of Tax Rate
Social Security 3.6%

Employee Income Tax:

Income (CFA) Rate
Less than 50,000 0%
50,001 – 130,000 10%
130,001 – 280,000 15%
280,001 – 530,000 20%
Above 530,000 30%


VAT in Benin is charged at 18%.

Offboarding & Termination

Employment in Benin can be terminated both by the employee and the employer. The employer can terminate the employment on substantial grounds. If the employment is terminated without any grounds, the employer must pay a severance to the employee.

Benin’s notice period for permanent employees and employees on probation is a minimum of 15 days.

Severance pay in Benin depends on the years of service. Employees who have served for less than five years are entitled to 30% of their average monthly salary. Employees who have served 6 – 10 years are entitled to 35% of their average monthly salary. For employees who have served more than ten years, a severance amounting to 40% of their average monthly salary must be paid.

Visa and Immigration

A visa and a work permit are mandatory requirements for foreign nationals seeking jobs in Benin. The employer must introduce the employee by name, date of birth, passport number, and employment status. The employer must take financial responsibility for the employee. The employee must obtain a visa before entering the country since a visa on arrival is not permitted.

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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

Visa & Immigration