Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for


01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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02. Grow your team in


with Rivermate

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


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


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

Chad is a landlocked country in north-central Africa, officially known as the Republic of Chad. Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon to the southwest, Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west form the country's borders. Chad is divided into three regions: the desert in the north, the arid Sahelian belt in the center, and the more fertile Sudanian Savanna zone in the south. The country's name comes from Lake Chad, Africa's second-largest wetland. N'Djamena, the capital, is the largest city. Arabic and French are the official languages of Chad. There are over 200 cultural and linguistic groups that call it home. The major religions practiced in Chad are Islam and Christianity. Human populations began to migrate into the Chadian basin in large numbers beginning in the 7th millennium BC. By the end of the first millennium AD, Chad's Sahelian strip had seen a succession of states and empires rise and fall, each vying for control of the trans-Saharan trade routes that passed through the region. By 1920, France had invaded the region and integrated it into French Equatorial Africa. Under the leadership of François Tombalbaye, Chad gained independence in 1960. In 1965, resentment of his policies in the Muslim north resulted in the outbreak of a long-running civil war. The rebels took control of the capital in 1979, ending the South's hegemony. The rebel commanders, on the other hand, fought among themselves until Hissène Habré defeated his opponents. The Libyan invasion started the Chadian–Libyan conflict in 1978, and it ended in 1987 with a French military intervention. In 1990, Hissène Habré was deposed by Idriss Déby, his general. In 1991, the Chad National Army was modernized with the support of the French. Since 2003, the Sudanese Darfur crisis has spilled over the border, destabilizing the country. Already impoverished, the country and its people have struggled to absorb the hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees who have set up camp in and around eastern Chad. While several political parties are involved, power remains firmly in the hands of the governing Patriotic Salvation Movement, which was previously headed by President Déby, whose authoritarian rule lasted decades. Political unrest and attempted coups d'états continue to haunt Chad. It is a developing nation, with one of the lowest Human Development Index scores. Chad is one of the world's poorest and most corrupt nations, with the majority of its people living in poverty as herders and farmers. Since 2003, crude oil has surpassed the conventional cotton industry as the country's primary source of export earnings. Chad's human rights record is dismal, with illegal detention, extrajudicial killings, and restrictions on civil liberties perpetrated by both security forces and armed militias. FACT rebels assassinated President Déby in April 2021.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees are entitled to between 24 and 26 days of paid vacation each year.

Public holidays

New Year’s DayEaster MondayMay DayEid al-FitrEid al-AdhaIndependence DayThe Prophet’s BirthdayAll Saints’ DayProclamation of the RepublicFreedom and Democracy DayChristmas Day

Sick days

Employees are entitled to at least five paid sick days a year in most cases.

Maternity leave

Female workers are entitled to 14 weeks of half-pay maternity leave, beginning six weeks prior to the due date. For a pregnancy-related condition, this will escalate to three weeks. For up to 15 months after the pregnancy, they are entitled to an hour of rest a day for breastfeeding.If the infant is born earlier than scheduled, female workers may prolong their maternity leave. If the employee is not enrolled with the National Social Security Fund, the employer is responsible for paying the maternity leave.

Paternity leave

Employees who are fathers are entitled to two weeks of paid parental leave.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms on maternity and paternity leaves, there are no other provisions in the Chad laws regarding parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Contracts with fixed terms are limited to 24 months and may not be renewed more than once. Employees may be terminated upon completion of the work contract for a specific project, for misbehavior, at the conclusion of a fixed-term contract, or by mutual consent.

Notice period

The notice period is 8.67 weeks for employees with at least five years of service.

Severance pay

Employees who have worked for at least five years are normally entitled to 8.67 weeks of notice and 5.42 weeks of severance compensation in the event of redundancy. Individuals with a minimum of ten years of employment are entitled to 11.9 weeks of severance compensation.

Probation period

Probationary periods should not exceed 3 months.

07. Working hours


The workweek is limited to 39 hours.


Overtime is limited to 94 hours per year and compensated at a rate agreed upon by the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of Chad.

08. Minimum wage


Chad has a monthly minimum wage of 59,995 CFA francs for all workers in all industries.

09. Employee benefits


Chad has limited access to health care. Health insurance is paid for through the social security tax.

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

Establishing an entity in


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


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


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


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


via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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