Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for


01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Guinean 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

Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea, is a West African coastal country. Formerly known as French Guinea, the modern nation is often referred to as Guinea-Conakry to differentiate itself from other countries and regions with the name "Guinea," such as Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea. Guinea is a sovereign state with a population of 12.4 million citizens and a land area of 245,857 square kilometers. Guinea is a republic with a president who is directly elected by the people and serves as both the head of state and the head of government. Guinea's unicameral National Assembly is the country's governing body, with representatives elected directly by the people. The Guinea Supreme Court, the nation's highest and final court of appeal, is in charge of the judicial branch. Guinea is a predominantly Islamic country, with Muslims accounting for 85 percent of the population. Guinea's population is divided into twenty-four ethnic groups. The official language of Guinea is French, which is spoken in schools, government administration, and the media, but there are over twenty-four indigenous languages spoken as well. Agriculture and mineral production are the mainstays of Guinea's economy. It is the world's second-largest bauxite producer and has abundant diamond and gold deposits. The nation was at the epicenter of the Ebola epidemic in 2014. Guinea's human rights are still a contentious topic. The US government alleged in 2011 that torture by security forces and exploitation of women and children were ongoing human rights violations.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

After one year of work, employees are entitled to 2.5 days of annual leave every month.

Public holidays

Guinea observes the following public holidays:New Year DaySecond Republic DayEaster MondayLabor DayLaylat Al-QadrEid Al-FitrAfrican Liberation DayEid al-AdhaAssumption DayIndependence DayMaouloudAll Saints’ DayChristmas Day

Sick days

Employees have the option of taking up to 26 weeks of paid sick leave.

Maternity leave

Female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, six weeks of which must be taken prior to the delivery. For multiple deliveries, this time extends to two weeks. This is completely compensated, with the employer and social security splitting the cost equally. In addition, they are entitled to nine months of unpaid parental leave. Part-time employment is not permitted for female workers who are pregnant or nursing moms.If a medical certificate is provided within three months of the pregnancy, female workers who work 18 days or 120 hours per month are eligible for a prenatal stipend. Social security pays for this. They also get one hour a day for nursing for the first 15 months following delivery. During pregnancy and delivery, female employees and wives of covered male employees get compensated medical benefits from the Social Security Fund.If there are health concerns, female employees who are pregnant can be temporarily transferred to another function without losing pay. They can take sick leave if there is no replacement employment available.

Paternity leave

There are no provisions in the Guinean law regarding paternity leave.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms for maternity leave in Guinea, there are no other provisions in the law regarding parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Employers must offer written notice when ending a contract. A fixed-term contract can be cancelled mutually or at the contract's end. Indefinite contracts are terminable by either party with notice unless there is misconduct, in which case the employer must provide a cause such as the employee's health, performance, or economic well-being.

Pregnant employees enjoy protected status, and if they are terminated for cause, they are entitled to two years of severance pay or the opportunity to return to their previous position. Additionally, they have the right to terminate their employment without notice for up to 15 months following childbirth.

Employers can lay off their employees when necessary.

Notice period

The notice period is between one and three months.

Severance pay

Employees who have completed at least 12 months of service on an indefinite term contract are normally entitled to severance pay equal to at least 50 hours of salary for hourly employees and 25% of one month's income for monthly paid employees.

Probation period

The probation period is of 90 days for those in managerial and executive level positions, and 30 days for other employees.

07. Working hours


A typical workweek consists of 40 hours spread over a maximum of six days. Pharmacies, leisure, tourism, and bakeries all require 42 hours of work per week. Individuals who work in the beauty industry or as taxi drivers work 45 hours per week. Those employed in public transportation work a minimum of 48 hours per week. Guards and janitors work 55 hours per week. Female employees and those under the age of 18 are not permitted to work between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., and they are required to take at least 12 hours of rest between shifts. Female employees are prohibited from working in mines or quarries.


Overtime hours are limited to 100 per year, and full-time employees are not permitted to decline overtime. With the permission of the labor inspector, overtime may be extended beyond 100 hours per year. Sunday is a mandatory rest day for the majority of employees.

08. Minimum wage


The national minimum wage in Guinea is 440,000 GNF per month, or about $62. This amount, however, does not apply to domestic workers.

09. Employee benefits


The use of the community-based healthcare system in Guinea is subject to a fee. Although there is community-based healthcare for some medicines for low-income citizens, supplemental private healthcare is recommended for expats or assigned workers. The government intends to implement a National Health Development Plan by 2024 in order to promote and improve healthcare while aiming for universal coverage.

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.

Ready to get started? Our friendly staff is ready to assist you with all your questions, let's connect.