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Talent Wiki - Congo

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Congo
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Capital
Kinshasa
Currency
Congolese Franc (CDF)
Languages
French, Swahili, Lingala
Payroll Frequency
Monthly
GDP per Capita
$500.57 (2020)
Employer Tax
14.2% - 19.2%

Supplementary Guide for Employment and Expansion in Congo

Talent Overview

Congo is considered to be extremely rich in natural resources, and mining communities are prominent in the major cities. Minerals are the most significant export of Congo, with China importing more than 50% of their exports in 2019.

Major Economic Hubs: 

Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Mbuji-Mayi

Skills in Demand:

Management, Sales, Banking, Hospitality, Food Processing, Construction, Healthcare

Local Universities

The top local universities in Congo are as follows:

University of Kinshasa

RANKING

Congo : 1

World : 3063

University of Lubumbashi

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Congo : 2

World : 3893

University of Kisangani

RANKING

Congo : 3

World : 4197

University of Mbuji-Mayi

RANKING

Congo : 4

World : 7140

Catholic University of Bukavu

RANKING

Congo : 5

World : 7435

Salary Data

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

No. Job Title Average Salary (in Local Currency) Average Salary (in USD)
1 Director 309,772,480 155,361.40
2 Operations Manager 281,702,482 141,283.34
3 Finance Manager 278,293,982 139,573.87
4 Surgeon 122,906,492 61,641.77
5 IT Manager 89,021,994 44,647.55

Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards: 

Devnet Jobs, JobNet Africa, AfricaWork

Number of LinkedIn users:

400,000

Top Recruitment Agencies:

Global Career Company, CA Global

Employing in Congo

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

Employee Contract

In Congo, an employment contract can be oral or written. It is strongly advised to draft a written agreement. The written contract can be fixed or open-ended. A verbal contract will always be considered open-ended until evidence of it being specified in writing is presented.

Probation Period

The probationary period for employees in Congo is up to two months.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1st January New Year’s Day Public Holiday
4th January Martyrs’ Day Public Holiday
16th - 17th January Heroes’ Day Public Holiday
1st May Labor Day Public Holiday
17th May Liberation Day Public Holiday
30th June Independence Day Public Holiday
1st August Parents’ Day Public Holiday
25th December Christmas Public Holiday

Employee Leaves:

Type of Leave Duration Mandatory
Annual Leave 12 days Yes
Sick Leave 10 days Yes
Maternity Leave 14 weeks (with partial pay) Yes

Payroll

Payroll Cycle:

Monthly

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Minimum Wage:

The minimum wage in Congo is set to 1,680 CDF per day.

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Overtime Pay:

Overtime pay in Congo is set to 30% over base pay for the first 6 hours and 60% for subsequent hours. For off-days and weekends, overtime pay is 100% over base pay.

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Health Examination Clause

Bonus

13th Month Pay: 

Not mandatory

Employee Benefits: 

  • ~Maternity Leave
  • ~Social Security
  • ~Additional Fringe Benefits an employer can provide
  • ~Accommodation
  • ~Food Vouchers
  • ~Transportation
  • ~Bonuses
  • ~Insurance
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Taxes

Payroll taxes depend on the choice whether the employee chooses the Defined Benefit Plan or Defined Contribution plan.

Employer Payroll Tax:

Type of Tax Rate
Social Security 14.2% - 19.2% (depending on the number of employees)

Employee Payroll Tax:

Type of Tax Rate
Social Security 5%

Employee Income Tax: 

Algeria follows a progressive income tax structure for individual taxpayers.

Annual Income (CDF) Tax Rate (%)
0 - 1,944,000 3%
1,944,001 - 21,600,000 15%
21,600,001 - 43,200,000 30%
Above 43,200,000 40%

VAT:

The standard rate for VAT in Congo is 16%.

Offboarding & Termination

Termination Process

Employment in Congo 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

The notice period in Congo is 8 days for permanent employees and employees on probation.

Severance Pay

The severance pay rate depends on the employment contract.

Visa and Immigration

Non-Congolese employees must obtain a work visa to be employed in Congo. An individual traveling to Congo for employment can apply for a standard work permit, valid for up to two years. They can also apply for a work-specific visa that will allow them to work and reside in the country for one year.

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