Payroll Cycle
Minumum Wage
Overtime Pay
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Talent Wiki - Cameroon

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Cameroon
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Capital
Yaounde’
Currency
Central African CFA Franc (XAF)
Languages
French, English
Payroll Frequency
Monthly, Weekly
GDP per Capita
$1,372.66 (2020)
Employer Tax
2.5%

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Cameroon

Talent Overview

Cameroon, located in the sub-Saharan region of Africa, is a country rich in oils and minerals. Primary occupations in Cameroon are agriculture, mining, and commerce. Major industries in Cameroon are petroleum production and refining, textile, food processing, and aluminum production.

Major Economic Hubs: 

Yaounde, Douala, Bameda, Bafoussam

Skills in Demand:

Fashion Designing, Blogging, Photography, Web Design, Graphite Design

Local Universities

The top local universities in Cameroon are listed below:

Universite’ de Dschang

RANKING

Local: 1

World : 3,230

University of Buea

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Local: 2

World : 3,459

Universite’ de Yaounde’

RANKING

Local: 3

World : 4,095

Universite’ de Ngaoundere

RANKING

Local: 4

World : 4,130

University of Maroua

RANKING

Local: 5

World : 4,601

Salary Data

No. Job Title Average Salary (in XAF) Average Salary (in USD)
1 Accounting Manager 684,000 XAF $1117.00
2 Chartered Accountant 432,000 XAF $705.47
3 Pilot 805,000 XAF $1314.60
4 Architect 572,000 XAF $934.10
5 Business Analyst 574,000 XAF $937.37

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards: 

Cameroonjobs, Jobinfocamer, Njorku

Number of LinkedIn users:

728,900

Top Recruitment Agencies:

Intel HR Consulting

Employing in Cameroon

Below are the key points an employer must keep in mind while seeking employees in Cameroon:

Employee Contract

An employment contract in Cameroon must mention the period for which it is drafted. The currency of compensation must be XAF instead of a foreign currency. Employment contracts of more than three months must be written and not verbal.

Probation Period

The probation period for employees in Cameroon is up to six months.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1st January New Year Public Holiday
11th February Youth Day Public Holiday
15th April Good Friday Public Holiday
1st - 2nd May Labor Day Public Holiday
2nd May Djoulde’ Soumae’ Public Holiday
20th May National Day Public Holiday
26th May Ascension Day Public Holiday
9th July Tabaski Public Holiday
15th August Assumption Day Public Holiday
25th - 26th December Christmas Public Holiday

Payroll

Payroll Cycle:

Monthly & Weekly

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Minimum Wage:

The minimum wage in Cameroon is set to 36,270 XAF per month.

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Overtime Pay:

Overtime pay in Cameroon is set to 20% over the base pay for the first 8 hours, 30% for the next 8 hours, and 40% for the following 4 hours (overtime in Cameroon is capped at 20 hours). For overtime on Sundays, the pay is fixed at 40% over the hourly salary.

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Health Examination Clause

Bonus

13th Month Pay

The 13th-month bonus is not mandatory for employers in Cameroon.

Employee Benefits

  • ~Annual Leave
  • ~Sick Leave
  • ~Maternity Leave
  • ~Housing Fund
  • ~National Employment Fund
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Taxes

Employer Payroll Tax

Tax Rate (%) Tax Type
4.2% Social Security
1.5% Housing Fund
1% National Employment Fund

Employee Payroll Tax

Tax Rate (%) Tax Type
4.2% (capped at XAF 750,000 per month) Social Security
1% Housing Fund

Employee Income Tax: 

Income Tax in Cameroon ranges from 11%–38.5%, depending on the income.

Income (XAF) Tax Rate (%)
0 - 2,000,000 11%
2,000,001 - 3,000,000 16.5%
3,000,001 - 5,000,000 27.5%
Above 5,000,000 38.5%

VAT:

The standard rate for VAT in Cameroon is 19.25%.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

Employment in Cameroon can be terminated both by the employee and the employer. The employer can terminate the employment based on substantial grounds such as gross misconduct, wilful insubordination, or breach of contract. If the employment is terminated without any grounds, the employer must pay a severance to the employee.

Notice Period

The notice period in Cameroon for both permanent employees and employees on probation is one month.

Severance Pay

Severance pay in Cameroon is mandatory for employees who are terminated after two years of service. The Ministry of Labor determines the amount for the severance.

Visa and Immigration

A work visa is mandatory for individuals traveling to Cameroon for employment purposes. For this, the candidate must present proof that they will be earning money in Cameroon and an employment contract. The candidate must also submit their CVs and a detailed job description for the visa, amongst other paperwork.

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