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Togo Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Togo




West African CFA franc


French, Ewé, Kabiyé

Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax


Talent Overview

Togo is one of the smallest countries in the West African coast, sharing its border with Ghana, Benin, and Burkina Faso. The country is home to a population of 8.5 million, the majority of which is dependent on agriculture and commerce. The GDP of the country is 8.41 USD billion, and the GDP growth stands at 5.3%.

Major economic hubs:

Lomé, Sokodé, Kara

Skills in demand:

Agriculture specialists, horticulture specialists, IT personnel, programmers

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Togo are as follows:

Uni1 35

Université de Lomé


Local: 1

World : 6735

Uni2 30

Université Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest – Unité Universitaire du Togo


Local: 2

World : 10145

Uni3 27

Université de Kara


Local: 3

World : 11279

Uni4 28

Université des Sciences et Technologies du Togo


Local: 4

World : 13416

Salary Data

Some common jobs in Togo with average monthly salary are:

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (in XOF) Average Monthly Salary (in USD)
Financial Manager 1,030,000 XOF 1,700.02 USD
General Manager 934,000 XOF 1,541.57 USD
Business Developer Manager 882,000 XOF 1,455.74 USD
Financial Analyst 661,000 XOF 1,090.98 USD
Business Analyst 705,000 XOF 1,163.61 USD
Project Manager 683,000 XOF 1,127.29 USD
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Employing in Togo

The Labour Code of 2006 and Inter-professional Collective Agreement of 2011 regulate the employment relationships in Togo. All employers and employees must abide by these regulations to ensure compliant hiring and management. The following sections cover important points highlighted in these laws.

Employee Contract

All employment contracts in Togo must be in written format in French and include details such as the employee’s identity, date of hiring, salary breakup, length of the contract, terms and conditions, employer’s information, and the employee benefits.

Probation Period

The probation period in Togo varies with the job role and position, as given in the table below:

Job role/position Probation period
General employees 1 month
Technicians, associates and supervisors 3 months
Managers 6 months

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
1 Apr Easter Monday Public Holiday
10 Apr Eid al-Fitr  Public Holiday
27 Apr Independence Day Public Holiday
1 May Labour Day Public Holiday
9 May Ascension Day Public Holiday
20 May Whit Monday Public Holiday
17 Jun Tabaski Public Holiday
21 Jun Day of the Martyrs Public Holiday
15 Aug Assumption of Mary Public Holiday
1 Nov All Saints’ Day Public Holiday
25 Dec Christmas Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual/Earned Leave 21 days Yes
Sick Leave
  • 1 month fully paid for less than 1 year of employment
  • 1 month fully paid and 3 months half paid for 1 – 5 years of employment
  • 2 months fully paid and 4 months half paid for 5 – 10 years of employment
  • 4 months fully paid and 2 months half paid for 10 or more years of employment
Maternity Leave 14 weeks (8 weeks before and 6 weeks after birth) Yes


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Payroll Cycle

Togo follows a monthly payroll cycle

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Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage: The minimum wage in Togo is given according to the table below:

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Overtime Pay

The standard working hours in Togo are 40 hours per week. Employees who dedicate their time beyond these hours qualify for overtime payment. The overtime pay is given at the following rate:


13th Month Pay

Togo does not mandate 13th month pay.

Employee Benefits

  • Paid leaves
  • Maternity leaves
  • Social security


Employer Payroll Tax

Contribution Rate
Social security 17.5%
Payroll tax on gross salaries 3%

Employee Payroll Tax

Contribution Rate
Social security 4%

Employee Income Tax

Income slab (in XOF) Tax rate (in %)
XOF 0 – XOF 900,000 0.5%
XOF 900,001 – XOF 4,000,000 7%
XOF 4,000,001 – XOF 6,000,000 15%
XOF 6,000,001 – XOF 10,000,000 25%
XOF 10,000,001 – 1 XOF 5,000,000 30%
More than XOF 15,000,000 35%

The minimum tax levied is XOF 3,000.


The rate of Value Added Tax in Togo is 18%.

Offboarding & Termination

A fixed-term contract can be terminated by either of the parties due to expiration, cancellation, misconduct, judicial resolution or acts of God. If the contract is terminated due to mutual agreement, the termination must be documented in writing.

Contracts with indefinite length can be terminated by either of the parties, provided that the one taking initiative submits the notice. The employer must confirm the dismissal in writing within 9 days of termination and send a copy of the document to the Labour Inspectorate and the social and employment service.

The employer must clear all outstanding dues with the employee before terminating the contract. Not doing so is clear defiance of the Labour Code and the employer will be liable for hefty fines and punishment.

The notice period in Togo is given as per the job role of the employee, as given below:

Job role Notice period
1 month General employees
3 months Supervisors, managers
5 days Hourly employees


Employees who have worked with an organisation for at least 12 months qualify for severance pay upon termination. The severance pay varies with the length of service, as mentioned in the table below:

Length of service Severance pay
Up to 5 years 35% of the monthly salary per year
6 – 10 years 40% of the monthly salary per year
More than 10 years 45% of the monthly salary per year

Severance pay is not given if the employee is terminated due to gross negligence or misconduct.

Visa and Immigration

Professionals looking to migrate to Togo for work purposes must get a work visa and a permit before their first day of employment. They also have to get a new work permit every time they change their jobs.

A business visa is offered on a temporary basis (90 days) for business-related visits to Togo. However, non-residents must get the relevant visa and permits for long-term commitments.

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Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage: The minimum wage in Togo is given according to the table below:

Job role/position Minimum wage per month (in XOF)
Manual worker – E1 XOF 35,000
Manual worker – E2 XOF 40,000 – XOF 45,000
Manual worker – E3 XOF 47,000 – XOF 53,000
Manual worker – E4 XOF 54,000 – XOF 62,000
Manual worker – E5 XOF 63,000 – XOF 71,000
Manual worker – E6 XOF 72,000 – XOF 80,000
Supervisor – M1 XOF 86,000 – XOF 96,000
Supervisor – M2 XOF 97,500 – XOF 107,500
Supervisor – M3 XOF 109,000 – XOF 121,000
Supervisor – M4 XOF 122,500 – XOF 134,500
Manager, Executive and Similar – C1 XOF 144,000 – XOF 158,000
Manager, Executive and Similar – C2 XOF 164,000 – XOF 178,000
Manager, Executive and Similar – C3 XOF 185,000 – XOF 199,000
Manager, Executive and Similar – C4 XOF 209,000 – XOF 229,000

Overtime Pay

The standard working hours in Togo are 40 hours per week. Employees who dedicate their time beyond these hours qualify for overtime payment. The overtime pay is given at the following rate:

Time of the work Overtime rate Duration of overtime
Day 120% of the hourly wage First 8 hours of the week
140% of the hourly wage More than 48 hours of the week
165% of normal wage Sundays and holidays
Night 165% of the hourly wage Any time on weekdays
200% of normal wage Sundays and holidays


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