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Burkina Faso Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Burkina Faso




West African CFA franc (XOF)



Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

A landlocked country of West Africa, Burkina Faso, has 32% of its GDP from the agriculture sector, along with providing employment for 80% of its population. Among its exports, cotton and gold rank in the top positions. According to World Bank, the economic growth of the country is positive with the gold production and investments in infrastructure.

Major economic hubs:

Ouagadougou, Bobo Dioulasso

Skills in demand:

Human resources officers, sales consultants

Burkina Faso Map

Local Universities

The top local universities in Burkina Faso are as follows:

Burkina Faso Uni1

Université Ouaga I Joseph Ki-Zerbo


Local: 1

World: 6861

Burkina Faso Uni2

Université Nazi Boni


Local: 2

World: 9489

Burkina Faso Uni3 1

Université Norbert Zongo


Local: 3

World: 10349

Burkina Faso Uni4

Université Aube Nouvelle


Local: 4

World: 10895

Burkina Faso Uni5

Université Saint Thomas d’Aquin


Local: 8

World: 12203

Salary Data

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

Job title Average Monthly Salary (XOF) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Accountant 226,000 345.73
Financial manager 653,000 998.76
Office manager 300,000 458.84
Secretary 146,000 223.40
Business development manager 534,000 817.14
Burkina Faso Talentsource

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

CareersinAfrica, Glassdoor 

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:, Airswift

Employing in Burkina Faso

The employments in Burkina Faso, except for the civil services, military, and governmental sectors, are governed by the Labor Act of the country. It prohibits any kind of slave or compulsory labor. Get to know more about the labor laws and regulations on employment in Burkina Faso.

Employee Contract

It is mandatory to have employment contracts written in French.

Probation period

Burkina Faso follows a probationary period of up to three months.

Public and Provincial Holidays 2023

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
2 Jan Day off for New Year Public Holiday
3 Jan Burkina Faso Popular Uprising Day Public Holiday
8 Mar International Women’s Day Public Holiday
10 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
22 Apr Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 May Labour Day Public Holiday
18 May Ascension Day Public Holiday
29 Jun Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
5 Aug National Day Public Holiday
15 Aug Assumption of Mary Public Holiday
27 Sep The Prophet’s Birthday (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
31 Oct Martyrs’ Day Public Holiday
1 Nov All Saints Public Holiday
11 Dec Proclamation of Independence Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave TimePeriod Mandatory
Annual Leave 22 days Yes
Sick Leave Varies from one month to four months (Only compensation) Yes
Maternity Leave 14 weeks Yes


Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

The employees are paid monthly.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

The national minimum wage in Burkina Faso is CFA34,664

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

Working beyond 40 hours is considered overtime, and the pay is decided based on the employment contract.


13th Month Pay:

It is customary to pay bonuses by the end of the year.

Employee Benefits:

  • Social security
  • Oldage pension
  • Disability pension


Employer Payroll Tax:

Type of Contribution Contribution
Social Security 16%

Employee Payroll Tax:

Type of Contribution Contribution
Social Security 5.5%

Employee Income Tax:

Income range Tax rates
XOF 0 – 30,000 0%
XOF 30,001 – 50,000 12.1%
XOF 50,001 – 80,000 13.9%
XOF 80,001 – 120,000 15.7%
XOF 120,001 – 170,000 18.4%
XOF 170,001 – 250,000 21.7%
Above XOF 250,000 25%


A flat rate of 18% is followed.

Offboarding & Termination

Employment can be terminated by either party at the end of contract period or due to social or economic reasons.

The notice period followed in Burkina Faso ranges from 8 days to one month.

It is entitled for the employees who have completed one year of service and will be decided by the employment contract. 

Visa and Immigration

The documents needed for work visa in Burkina Faso includes:

  •  Passport
  • Long-stay visa from Burkina Faso embassy or consulate
  • Application form
  • Passport photograph
  • Certificate of immumization against yellow fever
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