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Tunisia Employment Guide

Your quick guide on talent and labor compliance norms in Tunisia




Tunisian Dinar


Arabic, English

Payroll Frequency


GDP per Capita


Employer Tax

3% - 20.07%

Talent Overview

Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa with a population of 11,935,764 in 2021. In the same year, the country had a GDP of USD 46.84 billion and recorded a growth rate of 3.3%. Tunisia ranked 78 on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index in 2019 and had a 55.8 score on the Economic Freedom Index in 2020.

Major economic hubs:

Tunis, Kairouan, Sousse

Skills in demand:

Teaching, Tour guide, Entrepreneur, Managers

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Local Universities

The top local universities in Tunisia are as follows:

Uni1 33

Université Centrale


Local: 1

World : 6235

Uni2 29

Université de Tunis El Manar


Local: 2

World : 6799

Uni3 26

Université de Sfax


Local: 3

World : 6818

Uni5 25

Université de la Manouba


Local: 5

World : 7978

Salary Data

Some common jobs with average monthly salary in Tunisia are mentioned below;

Job Title Average Monthly Salary (in TND) Average Monthly Salary (in USD)
Financial Manager 7,840 TND 2,552.51 USD
General Manager 6,790 TND 2210.65 USD
Business Development Manager 6,490 TND 2,112.98 USD
Financial Analyst 5,150 TND 1,676.71 USD
Business Analyst 4,830 TND 1,572.53 USD
Project Manager 4,370 TND 1,422.76 USD
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Talent Sourcing Tips

Top Local Job Boards:

Emploi, Bayt, Tanit

Number of LinkedIn users:


Top Recruitment Agencies:

Alshihab Human Resources Solutions, Staffing Tunisia, FMC Group

Employing in Tunisia

The Labour Code of Tunisia and Decree No. 87-1097 regulate the relationship between employers and employees. The Code also resolves disputes between the two parties and provides guidelines for overtime pay and penalties. The sections below cover the major aspects of the Code, which all employers and employees must know.

Employee Contract

The Labour Code of Tunisia recognizes both written and oral employment contracts in English or Arabic.

Probation Period

The probation period in Tunisia is a maximum of 6 months for general employees, 9 months for first-line supervisors, and 1 year for executives.

Public and Provincial Holidays

Date Name Type
1 Jan New Year Public Holiday
20 Mar Independence Day Public Holiday
9 Apr Martyrs’ Day Public Holiday
10 Apr Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
11 Apr Eid al-Fitr Holiday (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
12 Apr Eid al-Fitr Holiday (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
1 May Labour Day Public Holiday
16 Jun Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
17 Jun Eid al-Adha Holiday (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
7 Jul Muharram (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
25 Jul Republic Day Public Holiday
13 Aug Women’s Day Public Holiday
15 Sep The Prophet’s Birthday (Tentative Date) Public Holiday
15 Oct Evacuation Day Public Holiday
17 Dec Revolution and Youth Day Public Holiday

Employee Leaves

Type of Leave Time Period Mandatory
Annual leaves 21 days Yes
Sick leaves Sickness benefit for up to 180 days per year, after a five-day waiting period Yes
Maternity leaves 30 days Yes


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Payroll Cycle

Tunisia follows a monthly payroll cycle.

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Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Tunisia is as per the table below:

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Overtime Pay

Both 40-hour and 48-hour workweeks are legal in Tunisia, as per the Decree. In case an employee is required to decide additional hours to work, they must be compensated overtime pay according to the following:


13th Month Pay

Tunisia does not mandate employers to pay 13th-month pay.

Employee Benefits

  • Social security
  • Paid leaves
  • Maternity benefits


Employer Payroll Tax:

Contribution Tax rate
Social security
  • 0.5% for wholly industrial exporting companies
  • 16.57% for others
Work Insurance 0.5%
Social Lodging Tax 1%
Vocational Training Tax 2% (1% for manufacturing companies)

Employee Payroll Tax:

Contribution Tax rate
Social security 9.18%

Employee Income Tax:

The Finance Law 2018 introduced a Social Solidarity Contribution (CSS) as a supplement to the income tax, capped at 1% and payable only by employees. However, the Finance Law 2020 establishes that individuals who earn only salaries, pensions and life annuities with net income less than TND 5,000 are exempted from CSS.

Income slab Tax rate excluding CSS Tax rate including CSS
0 – 5000 0%
  • 0% for individuals who earn only salaries, pensions and life annuities with net income less than TND 5,000
  • 1% for others
5,001 – 20,000 26% 27%
20,001 – 30,000 28% 29%
30,001 – 50,000 32% 33%
More than 50,000 35% 36%


The standard rate of Value-Added Tax in Tunisia is 19%. There are reduced rates of 7% and 13% applicable to specifically designated operations.

Offboarding & Termination

Employment contracts can be terminated on grounds of expiry of contract, completion of project, misconduct, or mutual agreement. Fixed-term contracts in Ethiopia are terminated when they expire. However, the party taking the initiative must give a written notice before termination.

As per the Labour Code of Tunisia, all employees on fixed-term contracts must be given a notice of at least 1 month before termination. The notice period can extend based on the collective agreement.

All Tunisian employees on an indefinite contract must be given severance pay upon termination. However, this pay is not entitled to employees terminated due to gross misconduct.

The rate of severance pay is one day’s pay for each month of service, capped at 3 months’ pay. The pay can vary based on the collective agreement between the two parties.

Visa and Immigration

Tunisian work visa is given only by a consulate or an embassy. The applicant must visit the premises of the consulate/embassy and submit the required documents. eVisa is not yet available; however, the local government is setting up the infrastructure for fast and digital visa processing. Foreign citizens must also apply for a temporary or permanent residence permit after arriving in Tunisia.

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Minimum Wage

Employment sector Per hour Per day Per month
Agriculture TND 17.660
Non-agriculture in 40-hour system TND 2.250 TND 389.500
Non-agriculture in 48-hour system TND 2.200 TND 457.220

Overtime Pay

Both 40-hour and 48-hour workweeks are legal in Tunisia, as per the Decree. In case an employee is required to decide additional hours to work, they must be compensated overtime pay according to the following:

  • 75% of the regular hourly wage over a 48-hour week
  • 25% of the regular hourly wage up to 48 hours and 50% for the subsequent hours for employees less than 48-hour work week
  • 50% for part-time employees

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