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Burundi Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Burundi




Burundian Franc (BIF)


Kirundi, French, English

Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Burundi is a landlocked country located in East Africa. Agriculture is their main economic activity, employing 90% of the population. Apart from this, resources such as petroleum, copper and nickel are currently being explored as a potential source of income for the country.

Major economic hubs:

Bujumbura, Gitega, Muyinga

Skills in demand:

Country sales manager, Finance major, Risk Manager, Project Management Director, Supply chain director.


Local Universities

The top local universities in Burundi are as follows:

Uni1 1

Université du Burundi


Local: 1

World : 9168

Uni2 1

Université Espoir d’Afrique


Local: 1

World : 11301

Uni3 1

Université Lumière de Bujumbura


Local: 1

World : 11788

Uni4 1

Université de Ngozi


Local: 1

World : 11962

Burundi Uni5

École Normale Supérieure de Bujumbura


Local: 1

World : 12719

Salary Data

Some common jobs in Burundi with average monthly salaries are mentioned below;

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (BIF) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Technical Support Engineer 1,000,000 484
Software Engineer 1,160,000 561
Database Analyst 1,270,000 615
User Experience 1,240,000 600
Project Manager 1,290,000 624
Sales Manager 2,140,000 1,036
Accounting and Finance 1,760,000 852
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Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Careers in Africa, Job in Burundi, Jobs Micro

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:

Burundi Jobs, NFT consult, Intercontact Services

Employing in Burundi

Employers are mandated to observe the Burundi Labor Code of 2020 when employing locals in the country. The following sections provide information regarding these laws.

Employee Contract:

Employment contracts in Burundi must be expressed in one of the country’s official languages (Kirundi, French or English) provided that both the employer and employee understands it.

Probation Period:

The probation period for employees in Burundi must not exceed 12 months.

Public and Provincial Holidays 2023

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
2 Jan Day off for New Year Public Holiday
5 Feb Unity Day Public Holiday
6 Feb Day off for Unity Day Public Holiday
6 Apr President Ntaryamira Day Public Holiday
22 Apr Eid ul Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 May Labour Day Public Holiday
18 May Ascension Day Public Holiday
8 Jun President Pierre Nkurunziza Day Public Holiday
29 Jun Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 Jul Independence Day Public Holiday
15 Aug Assumption of Mary Public Holiday
13 Oct Prince Louis Rwagasore Day Public Holiday
21 Oct President Ndadaye’s Day Public Holiday
1 Nov All Saints’ Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves:

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 20 days Yes
Sick Leave 3 months Yes
Maternity Leave 14 weeks Yes


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Payroll Cycle

Payroll in Burundi is processed and released monthly

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage in Burundi ranges from BIF 105 to BIF 160 per day.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

Employees in Burundi are compensated when they have worked for more than the required 45 hours a week. The Overtime pay rates will vary depending on when and how long the extra work is performed.

  • 46th and 47th hour of overtime: 135%
  • Beyond the 48th hour of overtime: 160%
  • Weekend or Public Holiday of overtime: 200%


13th Month Pay:

A 13th month pay in Burundi is not mandatory.

Employee Benefits:

Workers in Burundi are entitled to the following benefits upon employment:

  • Statutory Leaves (maternity leave, annual leave, sick leave)
  • Social Security benefits (old age benefits, work injury benefits, survivor benefits, etc.)


Employer Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Tax Rate Details
Social Security Contribution 6.00% Maximum Contribution upto BIF 450,000 Per Month
Additional Social Security Contribution 3.00% Maximum Contribution upto BIF 80,000 Per Month

Employee Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Tax Rate Details
Social Security Contribution 4.00% Maximum Contribution upto BIF 450,000 Per Month

Employee Income Tax

Salary Bracket Tax Rate
0 – BIF 1,800,000 0%
BIF 1,800,001 – BIF 3,600,000 20%
BIF 3,600,000 and above 30%


The standard rate for VAT in Burundi is 18%.

Offboarding & Termination

An employer or an employee may choose to terminate an employment contract. A notice must be provided by either party regarding the decision to terminate. In cases of employee misconduct or offence, a notice may not be necessary.

The notice period for employees in Burundi is determined by the collective bargaining agreement. Generally, employers give a notice period of  up to 3 months.

Severance pay is based on the employees’ years of service with the employer. The rates are as follows:

Length of Service Severance Pay
Less than 3 years 50% of the average monthly salary
3 to 5 years 100% of the average monthly salary
5 to 10 years 200% of the average monthly salary
10 years and above 300% of the average monthly salary

Visa and Immigration

Foreigners planning to relocate to Burundi for work must secure a business visa and resident permit to legally stay in the country. The visa will allow them to stay for a period of 30 days, while the residence permit is valid for up to a year. These documents are renewable as long as the foreign employees process the documents and pay a fee before their expiration date.

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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

Visa & Immigration