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Côte D’Ivoire Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Côte d'Ivoire




West African CFA Franc (XOF)



Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Côte d’Ivoire has an economic freedom score of 61.6, making the country’s economy the 76th freest in the 2022 Index and ranks 4th among the sub-Saharan African countries. The economy is heavily dependent on the Cocco and coffee agriculture, and the country is one of the largest exporter of cocco in the world.

Major economic hubs:

San José, Heredia, Cartago

Skills in demand:

Tourism, Engineers

Cote Divoire Map

Local Universities

The top local universities in Côte d'Ivoire are as follows:

Cote Divoire Uni1

Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny


Local: 1

World: 6887

Cote Divoire Uni2

Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny


Local: 2

World: 8388

Cote Divoire Uni3

École Nationale Supérieure de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée


Local: 3

World: 9670

Cote Divoire Uni4

École Nationale d’Administration de Côte d’Ivoire


Local: 4

World: 9775

Cote Divoire Uni5

Université Alassane Ouattara


Local: 5

World: 10400

Salary Data

Some of the popular jobs and their respective monthly salary are discussed here:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (XOF) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Financial Manager 674,000 1081.80
General Manager 562,000 902.03
Business Development Manager 550,000 882.77
Financial Analyst 442,000 709.43
Business Analyst 412,000 661.28
Project Manager 386,000 619.55
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Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards

Reliefweb, ngojobsinafrica, Abidjan4you

Number of LinkedIn users


Top Recruitment Agencies

Globalcareercompany, expressglobalemployment

Employing in Côte d’Ivoire

Employment in Côte d’Ivoire is governed by a set of laws and regulations, which include, 2015 labor laws and the related pre-existing decrees, interprofessional collective bargaining agreement of 1977, internal company rules and employment contracts. Read forward to better understand the working conditions in the country.

Employee Contract

The employment contract needs to be written in French.

Probation period

The probationary period in Côte d’Ivoire ranges from 8 days to three months.

Public and Provincial Holidays 2023

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
10 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
18 Apr Day After Laila tou-Kadr Public Holiday
22 Apr Aid el-Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 May Labor Day Public Holiday
18 May Ascension Day Public Holiday
29 May Whit Monday Public Holiday
29 Jun Aid el-Kebir (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
7 Aug Independence Day Public Holiday
15 Aug Assumption of Mary Public Holiday
27 Sep The Day After Prophet’s Birthday (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 Nov All Saints Day Public Holiday
15 Nov National Peace Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 2 days per month or 26 days Yes
Sick Leave 5 Days Yes
Maternity Leave 14 weeks Yes


Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

The country follows a monthly payroll cycle.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

The national minimum wage followed in the country is XOF 60,000.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

Work done beyond the normal working time of 40 hours a week is considered overtime.  The payment for the extra hours cannot be less than the following:


13th Month Pay

There is no statutory law for 13th-month pay in Côte d’Ivoire. However, both parties can choose based on mutual agreement.

Employee Benefits

  • Maternity leave
  • Universal healthcare system


Employer Payroll Tax

Type Of Contribution Contribution
CNPS Retirement Fund 7.7%
Family allowances 5.75%
Work Injury 2-5%
Payroll taxes 2.8% for local employees, 12% for expatriates

Employee Payroll Tax

Type Of Contribution Contribution
CNPS Retirement Fund 6.3%

Employee Income Tax

Taxable income (XOF) Rate (%)
Over Not over
0 600,000 0
600,000 1,560,000 1.5
1,560,000 2,400,000 5
2,400,000 10


A standard rate of 18% VAT is followed.

Offboarding & Termination

Unless in case of gross negligence, termination has to be up on mutual agreement of both parties. Other instances of dismissal are the expiration of fixed term contracts and redundancy.

The usual notice period followed in Côte d’Ivoire ranges between one to four months.

Upon termination, compensation is provided for those employees who completed one year of service. The amount corresponds to a percentage of the monthly average wage for 12 months till the date of termination.

Visa and Immigration

A work visa is needed for a foreign national to work in Côte d’Ivoire. In order to obtain a work visa, the following documents must be needed.

  • A valid passport
  • Copies of employment contract
  • Resume
  • Police background check
  • Medical certificate stating immunization against yellow fever
  • Professional references
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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

Overtime Period Overtime Pay
For the first 6 extra hours 15% of the compensation
For the time beyond 6 hours 50% of the compensation
Working on a Sunday or holiday 75% of the compensation
Working during night on a Sunday or a holiday 100% of the compensation

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