Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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Ease of doing business
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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

Congo may refer to one of two countries in central Africa that border the Congo River: Democratic Republic of the Congo, the larger country to the southeast, capital Kinshasa, formerly known as Zaire, sometimes referred to as "Congo-Kinshasa" Republic of the Congo, the smaller country to the northwest, capital Brazzaville, sometimes referred to as "Congo-Brazzaville" Congo or Kongo may also refer to one of two countries that border the Congo River in central Africa: Democratic Republic of the

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees are entitled to 26 days of paid vacation, which increases to 31 days after five years of employment.

Public holidays

New Year’s Day (Jan. 1, 2022)Easter Monday (April 5, 2021; April 18, 2022)Labour Day (May 1, 2021; May 1, 2022)Ascension Day (May 13, 2021; May 26, 2022)hit Monday (May 24, 2021; June 6, 2022)Reconciliation Day (June 10, 2021; June 10, 2022)National Day (Aug. 15, 2021; Aug. 15, 2022)ll Saints’ Day (Nov. 1, 2021; Nov. 1, 2022)Republic Day (Nov. 28, 2021; Nov. 28, 2022)Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2021; Dec. 25, 2022)

Sick days

Employers are not expected to give paid maternity leave to their workers. Some employers, though, want to do so as part of a bonus plan. A labor arrangement can regulate additional sick leave and payment when on sick leave.

Maternity leave

Female employers are entitled to 15 weeks of paid maternity leave, with the remaining nine weeks to be used after the infant is born. In the event of birth complications, the leave will be extended for three weeks. The employer and social security cover the cost of the leave. The employee would have worked for six months in a row to be considered.

Paternity leave

There is no statutory paternity leave in the Republic of the Congo.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms regarding maternity leave, there are no other provisions in the Republic of the Congo law regarding parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Employment contracts come to an end at the end of the term (if it is fixed), either at the employer's or employee's request. Termination of an employment contract must be in writing and include an explanation of why the employee was fired. In general, employers must have a legitimate basis for terminating employment. A justifiable cause exists if it is connected in some manner to the job, which may include redundancy dismissals. Generally, an employment contract can be canceled without notice during the probationary phase or for serious misbehavior.

Notice period

Employers are entitled to a 14-day notice period, which increases by seven days for each consecutive year of employment. Half of that notice period is paid to employees. Extensive notice provisions may be included in individual and collective bargaining agreements. In the case that the mandatory notice is not delivered, payment in lieu of notice is required.

Severance pay

Severance pay for redundancy is around 6.5 weeks' compensation for employees with less than five years of service, and approximately 14 weeks' pay for those with 10 years or more of experience.

Probation period

A woman who has given birth within the past 15 months has the right to terminate her employment at any time. She may do so without notice and having to pay indemnity.

07. Working hours



08. Minimum wage


The Congolese national minimum wage is CDF 7,075.00 per day.

Congo-Kinshasa has a minimum wage mandated by the government. In Congo-Kinshasa, no worker may be paid less than this mandatory minimum wage. Employers in Congo-Kinshasa who fail to pay the Minimum Wage may face penalties from the government.

Monthly wages are calculated at 4.33 times the weekly wage if one is defined. If an hourly wage is specified, it is calculated as 4.33 times the standard weekly hours.

09. Employee benefits


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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