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Mali Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Mali




West African CFA franc (XOF)



Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Mali is the eighth largest country in the African continent and has an economic freedom score of 55.9. Therefore making the economy of the country 114th freest in 2022. Mali has seen progressive growth in the GDP per capita of the country since 2022, mainly with mining and agricultural exports. Out of 47 countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, Mali ranks 18th.

Major economic hubs:

Bamako, Sikasso, Kalabankoro, Koutiala

Skills in demand:

Developer, Software Engineer, IT professionals

Mali Map

Local Universities

The top local universities in Mali are as follows:

Uni1 10

University of Science and Technology of Bamako


Local: 1

World: 7711

Uni2 10

University of Arts and Humanities of Bamako


Local: 2

World: 11874

Uni3 8

University of Law and Political Science of Bamako


Local: 3

World: 12011

Uni4 7

Abderhamane Baba Touré National School of Engineers


Local: 4

World: 12595

Uni5 7

Rural Polytechnic Institute of Training and Applied Research of Katibougou


Local: 5

World: 12702

Salary Data

The average monthly salary of some jobs available in Mali are as follows:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (XOF) Average Monthly Salary (USD)
Financial Manager 643,000 XOF 1052 USD
General Manager 596,000 XOF 975 USD
Business Development Manager 534,000 XOF 874 USD
Business Analyst 432,000 XOF 707 USD
Financial Analyst 411,000 XOF 672 USD
Project Manager 368,000 XOF 602 USD


Mali Talent Source

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

CareerinAfrica, Kaleta, LinkedIn

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:

Emploietmoi, Saer

Employing in Mali

Employers must know about the employment laws, benefits, deductions, and benefits to be provided to the employee before hiring. This section contains all the information mentioned above.

Employee Contract

The language of the employment contract must be in French or any other language both the employee and employer can understand.

Probation Period

The probation period is 0 to 6 months in Mali.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
20 Jan Army Day Public Holiday
26 Mar Martyrs’ Day Public Holiday
1 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
10 Apr Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 May Workers’ Day Public Holiday
25 May Africa Day Public Holiday
17 Jun Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
17 Jul Ashura Holiday (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
16 Sep The Prophet’s Birthday (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
22 Sep Independence Day Public Holiday
23 Sep Baptism of the Prophet (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type Of Leave Number of Days Mandatory
Annual Leaves 2.5 days of leave for every working month Yes
Sick Leaves Based on requirement Yes
Maternity Leaves* 52 weeks Yes

*Note: The maternity leave is unpaid.


Payroll 1

Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle in Mali is Monthly.

Payroll 2

Minimum Wage

In Mali, the minimum wage is 40,000 XOF.

Payroll 3

Overtime Pay

The overtime pay in Mali is as follows;


13th Month Pay:

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

Employee Benefits:

  • Paid leaves
  • Maternity Benefits
  • Family benefits
  • Pension


Employer Payroll Tax:

Type of Contribution Contribution
INPS (Institut Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale) – Malian Social Security agency 35%

Employee Payroll Tax:

Type of Contribution Contribution
INPS (Institut Nationale de Prévoyance Sociale) – Malian Social Security agency 19.9%

Employee Income Tax:

Annual Taxable Income Tax rate
From 0 – 175,000 XOF 0
From 175,001 XOF to 600,000 XOF 5%
From 600,001 XOF to 1,200,000 XOF 13%
From 1,200,001 XOF to 1,800,000 XOF 20%
From 1,800,001 XOF to 2,400,000 XOF 28%
From 2,400,001 XOF to 3,500,000 XOF 34%
Above 3,500,001 XOF 40%


In Mali, the standard rate of VAT is 18%.

Offboarding & Termination

In Mali, there are strict laws and regulations against unfair dismissal. The employment contract can be terminated only based on irregularities or misconduct. However, in case of dismissal after one year of service, the employer must provide notice and severance pay to the employee.

The notice period in Mali is 7 days to 3 months.

In Mali, the severance is only payable after one year of service. However, there will be no severance pay if the dismissal is due to gross negligence on the employee’s part. The severance pay is calculated as follows;

  • 20% for each first five years of service
  • 25% for each above five to ten years of service
  • 30% for each above ten years of service

Visa and Immigration

An individual requires a business visa or work permit to work in Mali. However, to apply for a work visa in Mali, the individual must have a passport issued over six months. Also, it is essential to submit the employment contract with all personal documents.

Mali Visa
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Minimum Wage

Overtime Pay

  • Overtime pay between the 41st hour to the 48th hour is 10% of the regular salary.
  • Overtime pay for working more than 48 hours is 25% of the regular salary.
  • Overtime pay on night shifts or non-working days is 50% of the regular salary.
  • Overtime pay on non-working night shifts is 100% of the regular salary.

Visa & Immigration