Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Central African Republic

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Central African Republic

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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02. Grow your team in

Central African Republic

with Rivermate

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

Central African Republic

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

Central African Republic

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

Central Africa's Central African Republic is a landlocked territory. It is bordered on the north by Chad, on the northeast by Sudan, on the southeast by South Sudan, on the south by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by the Republic of the Congo, and on the west by Cameroon. The CAR has a land area of approximately 620,000 square kilometers and a population of approximately 4.7 million people as of 2018. The CAR has been engulfed in civil war since 2012, with the majority of the country consisting of Sudano-Guinean savannas, but it also contains a Sahelo-Sudanese region in the north and an equatorial forest zone in the south. The Ubangi River basin encompasses two-thirds of the region, while the Chari River basin, which flows into Lake Chad, encompasses the remaining portion. Despite the fact that what is now the Central African Republic has been occupied for centuries, the country's current boundaries were formed by France, which ruled the country as a colony beginning in the late nineteenth century. The Central African Republic was governed by a succession of autocratic leaders after winning independence from France in 1960, including an abortive attempt at monarchy; by the 1990s, demands for democracy led to the first multi-party democratic elections in 1993. Ange-Félix Patassé was elected president, but was deposed in a coup in 2003 by General François Bozizé. The Bush War in the Central African Republic started in 2004, and after peace treaties in 2007 and 2011, the civil war resumed in 2012, perpetuating the country's poor human rights record, which is marked by widespread and growing violations by various participating armed groups, such as illegal detention, torture, and restrictions on freedom of the press and movement. Despite having major mineral deposits and other resources such as uranium reserves, crude oil, gold, diamonds, cobalt, timber, and hydropower, as well as large amounts of arable land, the Central African Republic is one of the world's poorest nations, with the lowest GDP per capita at purchasing power parity in 2017. The nation had the second-lowest level of human development in 2019, ranking 188th out of 189 countries, and the lowest inequality-adjusted Human Development Index, ranking 150th out of 150 countries, according to the Human Development Index. It is often regarded as the unhealthiest and most dangerous country in which to grow up. The Central African Republic is a member of the UN, African Union, Economic Community of Central African States, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, and Non-Aligned Movement.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees get two days of leave per month for one month of work, up to a total of 30 days a year. Greater sums of leave may be negotiated by individual and joint arrangements.

Public holidays

New Year’s DayBoganda DayEaster MondayLabour DayAscension DayKoriteWhit MondayGeneral Prayer DayTabaski DayIndependence DayAssumption DayAll Saints DayRepublic DayChristmas Day

Sick days

In most cases, the number of sick days is mutually decided upon in the work contract. Employees of the Central African Republic, on the other hand, are entitled to sick pay by the social security programme.

Maternity leave

Female employers are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave, which begins six weeks before the due date and ends eight weeks after the birth. In the event of complications during the pregnancy, the leave will be extended for three weeks. Female workers get free healthcare for 14 months after the birth of a child, thanks to the Central African Republic's social security scheme.

Paternity leave

There is no statutory paternity leave in the Central African Republic laws.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms regarding maternity and paternity leaves, there are no other provisions regarding parental leave in the Central African Republic.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Employment contracts in the Central African Republic can be cancelled by either the employer or the employee at the conclusion of the contract period (if the contract is for a defined time). Without notice, an employment contract may be canceled for gross misbehavior or during the probationary period. Employers must notify the employee's representative and the Labor Inspector about economic terminations.

Notice period

There is no statutory requirement regarding notice period.

Severance pay

Severance pay is not required by law. If severance compensation was negotiated as part of the employment contract, it shall be paid out in accordance with the terms agreed upon.

Probation period

The probation period is capped at eight days for laborers who are paid on a daily basis, one month for general employees and three months for executive level employees. The probation period can be renewed only once, which means that a probationary period cannot be more than six months. Otherwise, the employer must provide notice prior to dismissing an employee.

07. Working hours


The Central African Republic's standard workweek is 40 hours.


Overtime work is limited to 48 hours per week. Night shift work is defined as work performed between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Both nightshift and overtime compensation are specified in the employment contract.

08. Minimum wage


The Central African Republic's primary compensation statute is the country's monthly minimum wage of 35,000 CFA francs. Because less than 1% of the population has access to banking services, the employer must discuss the most efficient method of paying their employees.

09. Employee benefits


We advocate offering extra perks to attract the proper type of people and encourage them to stay with your firm for a longer period of time. Performance-based bonuses, paid paternity leave, additional paid time off, housing or education stipends, and a corporate car or phone are all common supplemental benefits.

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

Establishing an entity in

Central African Republic

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

Central African Republic

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

Central African Republic

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

Central African Republic

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

Central African Republic

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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