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Madagascar Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Madagascar




Ariary (MGA)


Malagasy, French

Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Madagascar is located in East Africa and is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. The country holds an economic freedom score of 58.9. This makes Madagascar the 98th freest country in the 2022 list. The Republic of Madagascar has grown remarkably in terms of GDP since 2021. Madagascar ranks 12th out of 47 countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

Major economic hubs:

Antananarivo, Toliara, and Antsiranana

Skills in demand:

General Manager, Software Developer, IT Professionals

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Madagascar are as follows:

Uni1 8

Université d’Antananarivo (University of Antananarivo)


Local: 1

World: 6418

Uni2 7

Université de Fianarantsoa (University of Fianarantsoa)


Local: 2

World: 11133

Uni3 6

Université de Toamasina (University of Toamasina)


Local: 3

World: 11147

Uni4 5

Université de Toliara (University of Toliary)


Local: 4

World: 11194

Uni5 5

Université de Mahajanga (University of Mahajanga)


Local: 5

World: 11240

Salary Data

The below table mentions the average salary in Madagascar for most common jobs:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (MGA) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Financial Manager 2,760,000 MGA 617 USD
General Manager 2,420,000 MGA 541 USD
Business Development Manager 2,150,000 MGA 481 USD
Financial Analyst 1,720,000 MGA 384 USD
Business Analyst 1,690,000 MGA 378 USD
Project Manager 1,470,000 MGA 329 USD
Madagascar Talent Source

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Jobboardfinder, Jobisland, LinkedIn

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:

Madajob, Olona

Employing in Madagascar

To hire an individual from Madagascar, the employer must know about labor laws, benefits, contributions, bonuses, and allowances. This section contains information about the above-mentioned for employers to know more about Madagascar before onboarding.

Employee Contract

The employee contract for newly hired employees in Madagascar must be in the country’s official language, i.e., Malagasy or French.

Probation Period

In Madagascar, the probation period is 0 to 6 months.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year’s Day Public Holiday
8 Mar International Women’s Day National holiday
29 Mar Martyrs’ Day Public Holiday
31 Mar Easter Sunday Public Holiday
1 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
10 Apr Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 May Labor Day Public Holiday
9 May Ascension Day Public Holiday
19 May Whit Sunday Public Holiday
20 May Whit Monday Public Holiday
17 Jun Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
26 Jun Independence Day Public Holiday
15 Aug Assumption of Mary Public Holiday
1 Nov All Saints’ Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday


Employee Leaves

Type Of Leave Number of Days Mandatory
Annual Leaves 30 days Yes
Sick Leaves Atleast 5 days Yes
Maternity Leaves 14 weeks Yes



Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle in Madagascar is Monthly.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

Madagascar’s minimum wage is 133,013.40 Malagasy ariary per month or 767.40 ariary per hour for non-agricultural workers; 134,920.00 ariary per month,674.60 ariary per hour for agricultural workers.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

The overtime pay for the first overtime hours is 130% of the regular salary and 150% for overtime that exceeds the 8th hour.


13th Month Pay:

There is no statutory law for 13th-month pay in Madagascar.

Employee Benefits:

  • Paid Leaves
  • Maternity Leaves
  • Social security benefits
  • Allowances


Employer Payroll Tax:

Type Of Contribution Contribution
National Pension Fund 13% (Cash amount of 13% of eight times the minimum salary for each employee)
Health Insurance 5% (Cash amount of 5% of eight times the minimum salary for each employee
Fonds National sur la Formation Professionnelle (FNFP) 1%

Employee Payroll Tax:

Type Of Contribution Contribution
National Pension Fund 1% (Cash amount of 1% of eight times the minimum salary for each employee)
Health Insurance 1% (Cash amount of 1% of eight times the minimum salary for each employee

Employee Income Tax:

Annual Taxable Income Tax Rate
From 3,000 to 350,000 MGA 0
From 350,001 to 400,000 MGA 5%
From 400,001 to 500,000 MGA 10%
From 500,001 to 600,000 MGA 15%
Above 600,000 MGA 20%


In Madagascar, the standard rate of VAT is 20%.

Offboarding & Termination

Both employer and employee can terminate the employment contract. However, there are laws that strictly prohibit illegal termination in Madagascar. The employer can terminate based on misconduct and redundancy. 

The notice period in Madagascar is based on the length of the service.

Length of Service Notice Period
Less than one year 8 days to 3 months
Over one year 10 days to 4 months
Up to 3 years 12 days to 5 months
Above 5 years One month to 6 months


In Madagascar, the severance pay is 10 days of compensation for each year of service. However, the maximum is 6 months.

Visa and Immigration

An individual needs a work permit to work in Madagascar. The individual must present all the personal documents with the employment contract.

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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

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