Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Comoro Franc
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

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

The Comoros, formally the Union of the Comoros, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa, at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel. Madagascar and Mayotte to the southeast, Tanzania to the northwest, Mozambique to the west, and the Seychelles to the northeast share maritime boundaries. Moroni is the country's capital and largest city. Sunni Islam is the official state religion and the religion of the majority of the population. It is the only nation in the Arab world that is completely in the Southern Hemisphere, and it is a member of the Arab League. The African Union, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Indian Ocean Commission are all members of the country. Comorian, French, and Arabic are the official languages of the region. The Comoros, except the disputed island of Mayotte, is Africa's smallest country by area at 1,861 km2. As of 2019, its population, except Mayotte, was estimated to be 850,886 people. The archipelago is known for its diverse culture and history as a nation built at a crossroads between different civilisations. The sovereign state is made up of three main islands and a slew of smaller ones, all of which are part of the volcanic Comoro Islands. The main islands are known by their French names: Grande Comore, Mohéli, and Anjouan in the northwest. Mayotte, the country's fourth main island, voted against independence from France in 1974 and is still governed by France as an overseas department, despite the fact that it has never been administered by an autonomous Comoros government. France has vetoed resolutions in the United Nations Security Council affirming Comorian sovereignty over the island. Mayotte was also made an overseas department and a region of France in 2011 after a resounding yes vote in a referendum. Bantu speakers from East Africa, Arabs, and Austronesians were the first to settle in Comoros. During the 19th century, it was a part of the French colonial empire until gaining independence in 1975. More than 20 coups or attempted coups have occurred since then, with numerous heads of state assassinated. It has the worst income inequality of any country, with a Gini coefficient of over 60%, and ranks in the bottom quartile on the Human Development Index. In 2008, almost half of the population was living on less than US$1.25 a day, the international poverty line. Migrants from the independent islands flock to the French insular area of Mayotte, which is the most affluent territory in the Mozambique Channel.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Public holidays

Sick days

Maternity leave

Paternity leave

Parental leave

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

As an employer, you have the right to terminate a worker's employment if you have a legitimate basis to do so based on their conduct or capacity to manage operations. You are prohibited from terminating an employee's employment for any of the following reasons: trade union activity or membership; nationality, color, race, social origin, gender, family responsibilities, pregnancy, marital status, religion, or political opinion; exercising a mandate to represent workers; receiving a good faith complaint against you for alleged law violations; and absence for maternity leave, illness, or an ac If you terminate an employee's employment without notice or before the notice period has expired, you must compensate the employee for the remainder of the notice period's pay and benefits. A woman who has just given birth has the right to discontinue her work at any moment. She may do so without prior notification or payment of indemnification.

Notice period

No statutory obligation exists for a notice period.

Severance pay

Severance and redundancy pay must be determined in consultation with the Consultative Council on Labor and Employment and must be proportional to the employee's tenure and position (CCTE).

Probation period

There is no statutory requirement regarding probationary period.

07. Working hours


Except in exceptional circumstances, the legal working week cannot exceed 40 hours.

Women and young workers are entitled to a 12-hour daily rest period. All employees are entitled to a weekly rest period of 24 consecutive hours, which must be observed primarily on Sundays or Fridays. Sunday work may be necessary on occasion to ensure the safety of operations or to address an emergency.


If overtime work is required for urgent, seasonal, or other justifiable reasons, the additional hours must not exceed 20 per week. Additional compensation is available to employees who work overtime, on holidays, at night, or on rest days.

08. Minimum wage


Comoros' minimum wage is 55,000 Comorian francs (KMF). Salary expectations for your employees will vary according to their roles and industries.

09. Employee benefits


Employers are not obligated to make social security contributions on behalf of their employees, but they must register their business with the system.

While extra incentives and perks are not required, companies may choose to consider expanding their employees' benefits options in order to build a highly competitive benefits package.

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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