In Cape Verde, the standard work week is 44 hours and is limited to eight hours per day. Employees are entitled to 24 hours of rest per week, which are typically Sundays but can be any day.
Upper management positions and certain highly qualified employees are exempt from the eight-hour daily limit. These employees, however, are entitled to premium pay ranging from 20% to 35% of the standard wage.
Employees between the ages of 16 and 18 work a minimum of 38 hours per week and a maximum of seven hours per day. Overtime is permitted only in the event of a force majeure and is limited to two hours per day or 30 hours per year. Workers under the age of 18 are not permitted to work between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. unless their professional training requires it and is authorized by Cape Verde's Labor Department.
From 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., night work is performed. Employees who work nights earn an additional 25% of their base salary. Workers may be entitled to this higher rate of pay for night work even after transitioning to daytime work in some instances. Overtime hours worked at night are limited to seven per week.
Overtime hours are limited to two per day or 160 per year. The annual limit is increased to 300 if the employee provides written consent. Overtime is compensated at a percentage of the basic salary if worked on a regular workday, or at 100% if worked on a rest day or a public holiday.