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Talent Wiki - Benin

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Benin
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West African CFA Franc (CFA)
Payroll Frequency
Daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly
GDP per Capita
Employer Tax
16.4% - 19.4%

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Benin

Talent Overview

Benin is a country in Western Africa that was formerly known as Dahomey. It was the first African country to successfully transition from a dictatorship to a democracy in the 1990s. Around 65% of the population in Benin is 25 years old, and the median age here is just 17. This country’s economy is mainly dependent on agriculture, specifically cotton.

Major Economic Hubs:

Porto-Novo, Cotonou, Parakou

Skills in Demand:

Medicine Practice, Law, Banking, Sales, Wholesaling, Retail, Account Management

Local Universities

The top local universities in Benin are as follows:

Université d'Abomey - Calavi


Local: 1

World : 6,200

Université de Parakou


Local: 2

World : 10,988

Université Nationale d'Agriculture


Local: 3

World : 11,883

Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel


Local : 4

World : 12,018

Institut Supérieur de Management Adonaï


Local : 5

World : 12,081

Salary Data

Some of the popular jobs and their annual salaries are listed below:

No. Job Title Average Salary Per Month (in CFA) Average Salary Per Month (in USD)
1 Accounting Manager 506,000 792.03
2 General Manager 627,000 964.60
3 Human Resources Manager 532,000 818.45
4 Information Technology Manager 563,000 866.14
5 Sales Manager 569,000 875.37

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Employing in Benin

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

Employee Contract

Employment contracts in Benin must be drafted in the local language and clearly state the compensation, benefits, and termination requirements. They can be for both fixed periods and indefinite periods. However, fixed-period contracts can be drafted for up to 48 months only.

Probation Period

The probationary period for employees in Benin can be from 15 days to 3 months based on type of employment.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1st January New Year Holiday Public Holiday
10th January Vaudoun Day Public Holiday
18th April Easter Public Holiday
1st May Labor Day Public Holiday
2nd May Korite’ Public Holiday
26th May Ascension Day Public Holiday
6th June Whit Monday Public Holiday
9th July Tabaski Public Holiday
1st August Independence Day Public Holiday
15th August Assumption Day Public Holiday
8th October Maouloud Public Holiday
1st November All Saints’ Day Public Holiday
25th December Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Duration Mandatory
Annual Leave 24 days Dependent on Employment Contract
Sick Leave 6 - 12 months based on years of service Dependent on Employment Contract and duration
Maternity Leave 14 weeks Dependent on Employment Contract


Payroll Cycle

Employees in Benin can be paid daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

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Minimum Wage

As of 2022, the minimum wage in Benin is 40,000 CFA per month.

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Overtime Pay

Maximum overtime permitted in Benin is 240 hours a year, paid at 112% of the standard hourly wage for the first 8 hours and at 135% for the subsequent hours worked every week.

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13th Month Pay

Benin has no legal provision for 13th-month pay.

Employee Benefits

  • ~Maternity Leave
  • ~Paternity Leave
  • ~Social Security

Additional Fringe Benefits an employer can provide

  • ~Accommodation
  • ~Food Vouchers
  • ~Transportation
  • ~Bonuses
  • ~Insurance
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Employer Payroll Tax

Type of Tax Rate
Social Security 15.4%
Industrial Injury Assistance 1% - 4%

Employee Payroll Tax

Type of Tax Rate
Social Security 3.6%

Employee Income Tax

Income (CFA) Rate
Less than 50,000 0%
50,001 – 130,000 10%
130,001 – 280,000 15%
280,001 – 530,000 20%
Above 530,000 30%


VAT in Benin is charged at 18%.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

Employment in Benin can be terminated both by the employee and the employer. The employer can terminate the employment on substantial grounds. If the employment is terminated without any grounds, the employer must pay a severance to the employee.

Notice Period

Benin's notice period for permanent employees and employees on probation is a minimum of 15 days.

Severance Pay

Severance pay in Benin depends on the years of service. Employees who have served for less than five years are entitled to 30% of their average monthly salary. Employees who have served 6 - 10 years are entitled to 35% of their average monthly salary. For employees who have served more than ten years, a severance amounting to 40% of their average monthly salary must be paid.

Visa and Immigration

A visa and a work permit are mandatory requirements for foreign nationals seeking jobs in Benin. The employer must introduce the employee by name, date of birth, passport number, and employment status. The employer must take financial responsibility for the employee. The employee must obtain a visa before entering the country since a visa on arrival is not permitted.

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