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Cameroon Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Cameroon




Central African CFA Franc (XAF)


French, English

Payroll Frequency

Monthly, Weekly

GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Cameroon, located in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, is a country rich in oils and minerals. Primary occupations in Cameroon are agriculture, mining, and commerce. Major industries in Cameroon are petroleum production and refining, textile, food processing, and aluminum production.

Major economic hubs:

Yaounde, Douala, Bameda, Bafoussam

Skills in demand:

Fashion Designing, Blogging, Photography, Web Design, Graphite Design

Cameroon Map

Local Universities

The top local universities in Cameroon are as follows:

Cameroon Uni1 1

Université de Yaoundé I


Local: 1

World: 7854

Cameroon Uni2 1

Universite’ de Dschang


Local: 2

World: 7947

Cameroon Uni3 1

University of Buea


Local: 3

World: 8726

Cameroon Uni4

Universite’ de Ngaoundere


Local: 4

World: 8904

Cameroon Uni5 1

Institut Catholique de Yaoundé


Local: 5

World: 9243

Salary Data

Some common jobs with average monthly salaries are mentioned below:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (XAF) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Financial Manager 923,000 1,549
General Manager 831,000 1,395
Business Development Manager 701,000 1,176
Financial Analyst 608,000 1,020
Business Analyst 574,000 963
Project Manager 526,000 883
Cameroon Talentsource

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards

Cameroonjobs, Jobinfocamer, Njorku

Number of LinkedIn users


Top Recruitment Agencies

Intel HR Consulting

Employing in Cameroon

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

Employee Contract

An employment contract in Cameroon must mention the period for which it is drafted. The currency of compensation must be XAF instead of a foreign currency. Employment contracts of more than three months must be written and not verbal.

Probation Period

The probation period for employees in Cameroon is up to six months.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day Public Holiday
11 Feb Youth Day Public Holiday
12 Feb Youth Day observed Public Holiday
29 Mar Good Friday Public Holiday
31 Mar Easter Sunday Observance
10 Apr Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 May Labour Day Public Holiday
9 May Ascension Day Public Holiday
20 May National Day Public Holiday
17 Jun Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
15 Aug Assumption of Mary Public Holiday
16 Sep The Prophet’s Birthday Observance
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 25 days Yes
Sick Leave 5 days Yes
Maternity Leave 14 weeks Yes


Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle in Cameroon is Monthly or Weekly.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Cameroon is set to 41,875 CFA per month.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

The standard working week in Cameroon is a maximum of 40 hours per week. Overtime is legal and must be compensated as given below:


13th-Month Pay

The 13th-month bonus is not mandatory for employers in Cameroon.

Employee Benefits

  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Maternity Leave
  • Housing Fund
  • National Employment Fund


Employer Payroll Tax

Contribution Type Contribution (%)
Social Security 4.2%
Housing Fund 1.5%
National Employment Fund 1%

Employee Payroll Tax

Contribution Type Contribution (%)
Social Security 4.2% (capped at XAF 750,000 per month)
Housing Fund 1%

Employee Income Tax

Income Tax in Cameroon ranges from 11%–38.5%, depending on the income.

Annual Taxable Income (XAF) Tax Rate (%)
0 – 2,000,000 11%
2,000,001 – 3,000,000 16.5%
3,000,001 – 5,000,000 27.5%
Above 5,000,000 38.5%


The standard rate for VAT in Cameroon is 19.25%.

Offboarding & Termination

Employment in Cameroon can be terminated both by the employee and the employer. The employer can terminate the employment based on substantial grounds such as gross misconduct, wilful insubordination, or breach of contract. If the employment is terminated without any grounds, the employer must pay a severance to the employee.

The notice period in Cameroon for both permanent employees and employees on probation is one month.

Severance pay in Cameroon is mandatory for employees who are terminated after two years of service. The Ministry of Labor determines the amount for the severance.

Visa and Immigration

A work visa is mandatory for individuals traveling to Cameroon for employment purposes. For this, the candidate must present proof that they will be earning money in Cameroon and an employment contract. The candidate must also submit their CVs and a detailed job description for the visa, amongst other paperwork.

Cameroon Visa
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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

Overtime task during Overtime pay
First 8 hours 20% of the hourly salary
Second 8 hours 30% of the hourly salary
The next 4 hours 40% of the hourly salary
Sundays 40% of the hourly salary
Night 50% of the hourly salary

Visa & Immigration