Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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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

Guinea-Bissau, officially the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, is a West African country with a population of 1,874,303 people and a land area of 36,125 square kilometers. Guinea-Bissau is bordered to the north by Senegal and to the east by Guinea. Guinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Kaabu and the Mali Empire. Parts of this kingdom lasted until the 18th century, although the Portuguese Empire ruled over a few others since the 16th century. It was colonized as Portuguese Guinea in the nineteenth century. To avoid confusion with Guinea, the country's name was changed to include the name of its capital, Bissau, when it gained independence in 1973 and was recognized in 1974. Since independence, Guinea-Bissau has had a tradition of political turmoil, with only one elected president completing a full five-year term. Only about 2% of the population speaks Portuguese as a first language, and 33% speak it as a second language. The new president is Umaro Sissoco Embaló, who was elected on December 29, 2019. Creole, on the other hand, is the national language and is also regarded as the language of peace. According to a 2012 survey, Creole is spoken as a first language by 54% of the population and as a second language by 40%. The rest of the group speaks a number of African languages. Guinea-Bissau is home to a wide range of religious traditions. The major religions practiced in the country are Christianity and Islam. The country's gross domestic product per capita is among the lowest in the world. Guinea-Bissau is a member of the African Union, Economic Community of West African States, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Community of Portuguese Language Countries, La Francophonie, and the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, as well as the now-defunct Latin Union.

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05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees are entitled to 30 days of paid annual leave every year, which cannot be carried over, and the dates are set by mutual agreement. Annual leave is paid at 2.5 days each month of work for fixed-term employment contracts of less than one year.

Public holidays

Guinea Bissau observes the following public holidays:New Year’s DayHeroes’ DayInternational Women’s DayLabour DayEid al-FitrEid al-AdhaPidjiguiti DayNational DayReadjustment Movement DayChristmas Day

Sick days

Employees are entitled to at least five paid sick days per year.

Maternity leave

Employees who are female are entitled to 60 days of paid leave, which is paid by the employer unless the employee is covered by social security, in which case the benefit is paid by social security.

Paternity leave

There are no provisions in the Guinea-Bissau law regarding paternity leave.

Parental leave

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

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

At the end of a fixed-term contract, an employment contract may be cancelled by mutual consent, by the employer, or by the employee. Employers are banned from terminating an employee's employment based on a legal leave of absence.

During the probationary phase, a company may terminate an employee without providing notice or paying severance. Probation cannot last more than three months. Additionally, an employee may be removed without notice or severance pay for serious misbehavior, defined as activity that is related to work and has a negative effect on the employer's business. Employers must offer notice in advance of terminating an employment contract without cause and outside of the probationary period and must provide severance to the employee.

Notice period

A notice period is only required in certain circumstances and is between one and three months.

Severance pay

Severance pay is at least three months' pay for an employee.

Probation period

The probation period cannot exceed three months if the employee is an executive or one month for all other employees. All employment contracts and letters of commitment should be issued to workers on probation within two days of the start of work.

07. Working hours


The standard workweek is 45 hours, divided into seven consecutive days of eight hours per day. Employers may schedule the weekly work period as six working days followed by a weekly rest day on Sundays; five and a half working days followed by a weekly rest day on Sundays; or five working days followed by a weekly rest day on Sundays.


Overtime hours are limited to two hours per day or 120 hours per year. Young workers, female workers, and disabled workers have the right to refuse overtime. Evening work is restricted to the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and is not permitted for young workers or female employees.

08. Minimum wage


The national minimum wage in Guinea-Bissau is 19,030 CFA francs per month and applies to all forms of employment. Also, employees receive a monthly bag of rice on top of their pay.

09. Employee benefits


The following benefits are administered in the companies in Guinea-Bissau:

Old-Age Benefits

Permanent Disability Benefits

Survivor Benefits

Sickness and Maternity Benefits

Workers’ Medical Benefits

Dependents’ Medical Benefits

In the case of a work-related injury, the following benefits are also administered:

Temporary Disability Benefits

Permanent Disability Benefits

Survivor 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


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