In general, Côte d'Ivoire operates on a 40-hour work week comprised of five eight-hour days or six days with 6 hours and 40 minutes of work.
Due to the intermittent nature of certain endeavors and occupations, a higher number of hours is established as equivalent to 40 hours.
Equivalents range from 40-44 hours in non-agricultural jobs to 48-52 hours in agricultural jobs and 56 hours for guards and domestic staff.
Permanent exceptions to the standard weekly work hours apply to the following categories of workers: mechanics, electricians, and drivers; workers and employees engaged in the entertainment and cleaning of machinery and work tools; and team leader or specialized worker whose presence is required. Except for personnel engaged in surveillance or fire suppression, derogations cannot exceed two hours per day.
In general, overtime work is limited to three hours per day, fifteen hours per week, and seventy-five hours per year. Compensation for the 41st to the 46th hour of work will increase by 15%. Compensation increases by 50% after 46 hours of work.
Night work or day work on Sundays and public holidays is compensated at 75%. Additionally, night work on Sundays and public holidays should be increased by 100%.
Temporary deviations from daily work hours are permitted to make up for lost time due to accident, force majeure, such as a shortage of raw materials or a lack of means of transport, or for urgent and exceptional work, such as the need for a team leader in the event of his/her unexpected absence.
Workers have the option of working overtime or not. Any agreement that fixes wages through forfeiture, regardless of the number of weekly overtime hours worked, is null and void.