Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Burkina Faso

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Burkina Faso

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in

Burkina Faso

with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in

Burkina Faso

, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in

Burkina Faso

effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global employment solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

03. Summary

Burkina Faso is a landlocked nation in West Africa with borders to Mali to the northwest, Niger to the northeast, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and the Ivory Coast to the southwest. It is bordered by Mali to the northwest, Niger to the northeast, Benin to the southeast, Togo and Ghana to the south, and the Ivory Coast to the southwest. The United Nations estimated the population to be 20,321,378 in July 2019. President Thomas Sankara renamed the country "Burkina Faso" on August 4, 1984, after it was previously known as the Republic of Upper Volta. Burkinabé or Burkinabè is the name given to its people, and Ouagadougou is the capital. The country's official language of government and industry is French, thanks to French colonialism. Only 15% of the population, on the other hand, speaks French on a daily basis. The Republic of Upper Volta was established on December 11, 1958, as a self-governing colony within the French Community, and gained full independence on August 5, 1960, with Maurice Yaméogo as President. Following student and labor union demonstrations, Yaméogo was deposed in a 1966 coup led by Sangoulé Lamizana, who went on to become president. He was deposed in the 1980 coup d'état led by Saye Zerbo, which coincided with the Sahel drought and famine, and he faced problems from the country's trade unions. Zerbo's government was overthrown in the 1982 coup d'état led by Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo, after again encountering trade union opposition. Thomas Sankara, the leader of Ouédraogo's leftist party, was appointed Prime Minister but later imprisoned. Efforts to free him resulted in a coup d'état in 1983, after which he was elected president. Sankara renamed the country Burkina Faso and embarked on a massive developmental program that included a national literacy drive, land redistribution to peasants, railway and road building, and the outlawing of female genital mutilation, forced marriages, and polygamy. Sankara was deposed and killed in a coup led by Blaise Compaoré in 1987, ostensibly because of worsening ties with former colonizer France and its ally, the Ivory Coast. Blaise Compaoré was elected president in 1987, and after an alleged coup attempt in 1989, he was re-elected in 1991 and 1998, elections that were boycotted by the opposition and had a poor turnout, as well as in 2005. He remained the head of state until the popular youth uprising of October 31, 2014, when he was deposed and exiled to the Ivory Coast. Following that, Michel Kafando was named as the country's interim president. The Regiment of Presidential Security, the former presidential guard of Compaoré, staged a military coup against the Kafando government on September 16, 2015. The military junta decided to step down on September 24, 2015, after pressure from the African Union, ECOWAS, and the armed forces, and Michel Kafando was reinstated as acting president.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

For one year of work, an employee is entitled to 22 days of paid leave, which does not require personal days, sick leave, or maternity leave. For 20 years of service, this leave rises to two days, four days after 25 years, and six days after 30 years. The start date for the leave must be agreed upon by both the boss and the employee. Before the leave starts, the company must pay the employee for the full period of the leave.

Public holidays

The following holidays are observed in Burkina Faso:New YearRevolution DayInternational Women’s DayEaster MondayLabor DayRamadan or Aïd El SegheirFeast of AscensionTabaski or Aïd El Kébir (Feast of Sacrifice)Independence DayAssumption DayAnniversary of the 1987 CoupMouloud (Prophet Muhammad’s birthday)All Saints DayProclamation of the RepublicChristmas DayThe arrival of the moon affects the dates of Muslim holidays, so they can alter. Legal holidays are compensated in accordance with existing law.

Sick days

Employees have the right to take time off while they are sick. In most cases, an employer cannot fire an employee who has been away from work for a year due to illness. Employees are entitled to a bonus depending on their years of work whilst on maternity leave:Paid sick leave is two months for employees with less than one year of seniority (full pay for one month and half salary for the next month).Paid sick leave is four months for employees with one to five years of experience (full pay for one month, half salary for the next three months);Paid sick leave is five months for employees with six to ten years of service (full pay for two months and half salary for the other three months).Paid sick leave is six months for employees with 11 to 15 years of experience (full pay for three months, and half salary for the next three months); andPaid sick leave is eight months after 15 years of work (full salary for four months, and half salary for the following four months).

Maternity leave

After three months of work, female workers are entitled to 14 weeks of fully compensated maternity leave, which can begin as early as eight weeks before but no less than four weeks before the scheduled due date. If there are any complications with the delivery or any other health-related issues, the leave will be extended by an extra three weeks. When on maternity leave, qualified female workers in Burkina Faso receive 100% of their total covered earnings as well as a family pension through the country's social security system.

Paternity leave

Male employers are entitled to three days of paid paternity leave without having to give notice of a child's birth. In the case of a sick boy, he is therefore entitled to a six-month medical leave, which includes one month's notice that can be extended up to a year.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms for maternity and paternity leaves, there are no provisions in the Burkina Faso law regarding parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Employers or employees may terminate an employment contract for misconduct, social or economic reasons, or at the end of the contract's term.

Notice period

Termination of part-time definite contracts requires an eight-day written notice period for regular employees, one month for managers, supervisors, and technicians. No communication is required during the probationary term or in the event of serious employee misbehavior. A paid notice indemnification may be necessary in specific instances.

Severance pay

Severance pay must be provided if the termination is not for gross negligence, theft, or willful damage to corporate property.

Probation period

Probationary periods are based on the type of employee, but may not exceed three months.

07. Working hours


Burkina Faso's standard working hours vary by industry, but a 40-hour workweek is common.


Individual employment contracts or collective bargaining agreements typically define work hours and days, as well as overtime provisions. Young workers are subject to additional rules and restrictions.

08. Minimum wage


Burkina Faso's compensation laws require that formal sector employees earn a minimum wage of 34,664 West African CFA francs per month. The minimum wage was last increased in 2012, but does not apply to agricultural workers or other informal workers. Employers must adhere to this minimum wage or to additional compensation guidelines outlined in a collective bargaining agreement applicable to them (CBA).

09. Employee benefits


Employers are not required by law to provide health benefits to their employees. Furthermore, due to the complexities of the healthcare system, it is suggested that both employers and employees have private insurance.

10. Why Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO?

Establishing an entity in

Burkina Faso

to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in

Burkina Faso

has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into

Burkina Faso

simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record solutions in

Burkina Faso

give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in

Burkina Faso

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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