Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in The Gambia
Gambia dalasi (GMD)
English, Wolof, Sarahole
Monthly or as per the employment contract.
GDP per Capita
The Gambia is a country in the Western region of Africa named after the Gambia River. The economy of the Gambia is heavily dependent on agriculture. It accounts for 23% of the GDP and employs around 75% of the population. Industries in the Gambia are prevalent, but they are also agriculture-based. The services industry in the Gambia also contributes to the GDP at 19%.
Major economic hubs:
Banjul, Brikama, Bakau
Skills in demand:
Electrical Engineering, IT, Law, Banking, Medicine
The top local universities in the Gambia are as follows:
World : 9,583
World : 10,867
Some of the popular jobs and their annual salaries are listed below:
|Job Title||Average Monthly Salary (in GMD)||Average Monthly Salary (in USD)|
|Business Development Manager||24,700||397.75|
Employees in the Gambia can be paid monthly.
As of 2022, the minimum wage in the Gambia is 50 GMD per day.
There is no specific mention of overtime pay in the labor code of the Gambia. It states that overtime employees must be compensated; however, the rate is not specified.
The Gambia has no legal provision for 13th-month pay.
Additional Fringe Benefits an employer can provide
|Type of Tax||Rate|
|Type of Tax||Rate|
|0 – 24,000||0%|
|24,001 – 34,000||5%|
|34,001 – 44,000||10%|
|44,001 – 54,000||15%|
|54,001 – 64,000||20%|
There is no VAT in the Gambia, however, Sales Tax is at the rate of 15%.
Offboarding & Termination
Employment in the Gambia can be terminated after a fixed-term contract has expired. In the case of open-ended contracts, employment can be terminated by the employer or the employee based on mutual discussion. Fixed-term contracts can also be terminated by the employer, without any notice, in cases of severe misconduct by the employee.
Employees on probation and permanent employees both must serve a notice of at least 14 days after terminating the contract.
Severance pay in the Gambia is calculated as one month’s pay for each year of service.
Visa and Immigration
A visa is mandatorily required for foreign nationals seeking jobs in the Gambia. Citizens of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of the West African States) can directly apply for permanent residence in the Gambia under the Type B category visa. Other foreign nationals must apply for a Type C visa and a residency permit.
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