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Guinea Bissau Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Guinea Bissau




West African CFA franc (XOF)



Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Guinea – Bissau’s economy is dependent on its agricultural sector, which has accounted for 48% of their GDP. The country is known for its Cashew crops and has been the second-largest exporter in West Africa. Moreover, they are also exporting other products such as peanuts, timber, and rice.

Major economic hubs:

Bissau, Bafatá, Gabú

Skills in demand:

Sales manager, Cloud Engineer, Software Developers, Physicians and Surgeons, Crop and Fish Farmers

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Guinea Bissau are as follows:

Uni1 71

Universidade Lusófona da Guiné (Universidade Lusófona da Guiné-Bissau)


Local: 1

Uni2 60

University of Colinas de Boe


Local: 2

Salary Data

Below are the average monthly salaries for the following occupations in Guinea – Bissau:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (XOF) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Sales Representative 530,000 864
Accounting and Finance 508,000 828
Project Manager 427,000 696
Software Engineer 301,000 491
Data Analyst 299,000 487
Technical Support Engineer 282,000 460
User Experience Designer 272,000 443
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Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

UNJobs, JobNet AfricaCareers in Africa

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:


Employing in Guinea – Bissau

Employers are expected to be familiar with their country’s labor code before onboarding locals from Guinea – Bissau. The following sections discuss some of the important regulations when employing locals.

Employee Contract

Employee Contracts in Guinea – Bissau may be written or oral  in the local language (Portuguese).

Probation Period

The probation period for employees in Guinea – Bissau is one to six months.

Public and Provincial Holidays 2023

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
20 Jan Heroes Day Public Holiday
8 Mar International Women’s Day Public Holiday
22 Apr Eid al-Fitr Public Holiday
1 May Labour Day Public Holiday
29 Jun Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
3 Aug Martyrs’ Day Public Holiday
24 Sep Independence Day (National Day) Public Holiday
14 Nov Readjustment Movement Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 4 weeks Yes
Sick Leave 5 days Yes
Maternity Leave 60 days Yes


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Payroll Cycle

Salaries in Guinea-Bissau are released per month.

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Minimum Wage

Monthly minimum wage in Guinea-Bissau is XOF 59,000.

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Overtime Pay

Employees are compensated an additional 50% of their hourly rate for the first hour of extra work. They will be paid an additional 75% for every hour succeeding that.


13th Month Pay

A 13th month pay in Guinea – Bissau is not required.

Employee Benefits

  • Statutory Leaves
  • Medical Benefits
  • Old Age Pension
  • Disability Insurance


Employer Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Tax Rate
Social Insurance 14%

Employee Payroll Tax:

Type of Contribution Tax Rate
Social Insurance 8%

Employee Income Tax

Income Bracket (XOF) Tax Rate
0 –  500,000 1%
500,001 – 1,000,000 6%
1,000,001 – 2,500,000 8%
2,500,001 – 3,600,000 10%
3,600 000 + 12%


The VAT rate in Guinea – Bissau is 15%

Offboarding & Termination

Termination of employment may be due to just cause, redundancy, expiration of contract or resignation.

The notice period for employees in Guinea – Bissau will vary depending on the collective agreement.

Severance pay for employees that have been terminated due to redundancy is as follows:

Years of Service Severance Pay
1 year 13 weeks’ worth of pay
5 years 21.7 weeks’ worth of pay
10 years 43.3 weeks’ worth of pay

Visa and Immigration

Foreigners working in Guinea – Bissau must secure a work visa to work in the country legally. They can apply for a multiplier visa entry which has a validity of either 3 months, 6 months, or 1 year.

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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

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