Payroll Cycle
Minumum Wage
Overtime Pay
Overtime Work Pay Rate
46th and 47th hour 135%
Beyond the 48th hour 160%
Weekend or Public Holiday 200%
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Talent Wiki - Burundi

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Burundi
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Capital
Gitega
Currency
Burundian franc (BIF)
Languages
Kirundi, French, English
Payroll Frequency
Monthly
GDP per Capita
240 USD
Employer Tax
6% - 8.8%

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Burundi

Talent Overview

Burundi is a landlocked country located in East Africa. Agriculture is their main economic activity, employing 90% of the population. Apart from this, resources such as petroleum, copper and nickel are currently being explored as a potential source of income for the country.

Major Economic Hubs:

Bujumbura, Gitega, Muyinga

Skills in Demand:

Country sales manager, Finance major, Risk Manager, Project Management Director, Supply chain director.

Local Universities

The top local universities in Burundi are as follows:

Université du Burundi

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Local: 1

World : 9118

Université Espoir d'Afrique

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Local: 2

World : 11595

Université Lumière de Bujumbura

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Local: 3

World : 11602

Université de Ngozi

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Local : 4

World : 11866

Université du Lac Tanganyika

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Local : 5

World : 12294

Salary Data

No. Job Title Salary Range (in BIF) Salary Range (in USD)
1 Technical Support Engineer 1,000,000 486.65
2 Software Engineer 1,160,000 564.52
3 Database Analyst 1,270,000 618.05
4 User Experience 1,240,000 603.45
5 Project Manager 1,290,000 627.78
6 Sales Manager 2,140,000 1,041.44
7 Accounting and Finance 1,760,000 856.51

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Careers in Africa, Job in Burundi, Jobs Micro

Number of LinkedIn users:

64,880

Top Recruitment Agencies:

Burundi Jobs, NFT consult, Intercontact Services

Employing in Burundi

Employers are mandated to observe the Burundi Labor Code of 2020 when employing locals in the country. The following sections provide information regarding these laws. 

Employee Contract

Employment contracts in Burundi must be expressed in one of the country’s official languages (Kirundi, French or English) provided that both the employer and employee understands it.

Probation Period

Probation period for employees in Burundi must not exceed 12 months.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
5 Feb Unity Day Public Holiday
6 Apr President Ntaryamira Day Public Holiday
1 May Labour Day Public Holiday
2 May Eid ul Fitr Public Holiday
2 May Day off for Labour Day Public Holiday
26 May Ascension Day Public Holiday
8 Jun President Pierre Nkurunziza Day Public Holiday
1 Jul Independence Day Public Holiday
9 Jul Eid al-Adha Public Holiday
15 Aug Assumption of Mary Public Holiday
13 Oct Prince Louis Rwagasore Day Public Holiday
21 Oct President Ndadaye's Day Public Holiday
1 Nov All Saints' Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday
26 Dec Day off for Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual Leave 20 days Yes
Sick Leave 3 months Yes
Maternity Leave 14 weeks Yes

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

Payroll in Burundi is processed and released monthly

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Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage in Burundi ranges from BIF 105–BIF 160 per day.

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Overtime Pay

Employees in Burundi are compensated when they have worked for more than the required 45 hours a week. The Overtime pay rates will vary depending on when and how long the extra work is performed.

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Health Examination Clause

Bonus

13th Month Pay

A 13th month pay in Burundi is not mandatory.

Employee Benefits

Workers in Burundi are entitled to the following benefits upon employment:

  • ~Statutory Leaves (maternity leave, annual leave, sick leave)
  • ~Social Security benefits (old age benefits, work injury benefits, survivor benefits, etc.)
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Taxes

Employer Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Tax Rate
Social Security for regular employees 6%
Social Security for employees with arduous work 8.8%

The monthly earning for calculating contribution is capped at BIF 450,000. 

Employee Payroll Tax

Type of Contribution Tax Rate
Social Security for regular employees 4%
Social Security for employees with arduous work 5.8%

The monthly earning for calculating contribution is capped at BIF 450,000.

Employee Income Tax

Salary Bracket Tax Rate
0 - BIF 1,800,000 0%
BIF 1,800,001 - BIF 3,600,000 20%
BIF 3,600,000 and above 30%

VAT

The standard rate for VAT in Burundi is 18%

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

An employer or an employee may choose to terminate an employment contract. A notice must be provided by either party regarding the decision to terminate. In cases of employee misconduct or offence, a notice may not be necessary.

Notice Period

The notice period for employees in Burundi is determined by the collective bargaining agreement. Generally, employers give a notice period of up to 3 months.

Severance Pay

Severance pay is based on the employees’ years of service with the employer. The rates are as follows:

Length of Service Severance Pay
Less than 3 years 50% of the average monthly salary
3 to 5 years 100% of the average monthly salary
5 to 10 years 200% of the average monthly salary
10 years and above 300% of the average monthly salary

Visa and Immigration

Foreigners planning to relocate to Burundi for work must secure a business visa and resident permit to legally stay in the country. The visa will allow them to stay for a period of 30 days, while the residence permit is valid for up to a year. These documents are renewable as long as the foreign employees process the documents and pay a fee before their expiration date. 

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