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

The Republic of the Niger, also known as Niger, is a landlocked nation in West Africa named after the Niger River. Niger is bordered on the northeast by Libya, on the east by Chad, on the south by Nigeria, on the southwest by Benin and Burkina Faso, on the west by Mali, and on the northwest by Algeria. Niger is the largest nation in West Africa, with a land area of nearly 1,270,000 km2. The Sahara Desert covers over 80% of the country's territory. The country's overwhelmingly Muslim population of 22 million people lives mostly in clusters in the country's far south and west. Niamey, the capital and largest city of Niger, is located in the southwest corner of the country. Niger is a developing country that regularly ranks near the bottom of the UN's Human Development Index; in 2015, it was ranked 187th out of 188 countries, and in 2018 and 2019, it was ranked 189th out of 189 countries. Drought and desertification affect many non-desert areas of the world on a regular basis. Subsistence agriculture dominates the economy, with some export agriculture in the more fertile south and raw material exports, especially uranium ore. Due to its landlocked location, desert terrain, inadequate agriculture, high fertility rates without birth control and resulting overpopulation, low educational levels and poverty among its citizens, lack of infrastructure, poor healthcare, and environmental degradation, Niger faces major development challenges. Nigerien culture represents a diversity derived from the long separate histories of the country's various ethnic groups and regions, as well as the country's relatively brief time of unification. What is now Niger has historically been on the periphery of many major states. Nigerians have lived under five constitutions and three periods of military rule since independence. Niger became a stable, multi-party state after a military coup in 2010. The vast majority of the population resides in rural areas with limited access to higher education.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Each year, employees are given 22 days of paid vacation leave.

Public holidays

New Year’s DayEaster MondayConcord DayLabor DayLaylat al-QadrEid al-FitrEid al-AdhaIndependence DayIslamic New YearMawlidRepublic DayChristmas

Sick days

Employees are entitled to five days of paid sick time each year.

Maternity leave

Employees who are female are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. Six weeks must pass before the infant is born, with the possibility of an additional three weeks for medical reasons. Both the employer and social security pay for maternity leave.

Paternity leave

Male employees receive a day of paid paternity leave.

Parental leave

Apart from maternity and paternity leave, there are no other provisions in the law of Niger regarding parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Employment contracts may be ended at the conclusion of the contract period (if the contract is for a specified period) or by either side. Generally, employers must have a legitimate basis for firing an employee. The employee's termination must be in writing, and he or she has a right to notice.

Employees with at least one year of employment are entitled to severance pay, unless they are terminated for misbehavior.

Notice period

In Niger, notice periods range between one and three months.

Severance pay

Severance pay is calculated as a percentage of an employee's average salary multiplied by the number of years of service.

Probation period

Probationary periods of up to six months are permitted in Niger.

07. Working hours


In Niger, normal working hours vary by industry but generally begin at 42 hours per week.


Overtime is paid at 110 percent of the basic rate for hours 42 to 48, and at 135 percent for hours 49 and beyond. If the work occurs on a Sunday or a public holiday, the overtime rate increases to 150 percent, and to 200 percent for evening work.

08. Minimum wage


Niger's compensation rules include a monthly minimum salary of 30,047 CFA francs, or approximately $60.

09. Employee benefits


There are many community-based cooperative health insurance groups in Niger.

Include in your Niger benefits management plan time off for the country's 12 official holidays, as well as 22 days of paid yearly vacation. Employees should, in general, be entitled to at least five paid sick days each year.

Other significant guaranteed benefits include maternity and paternity leave. Female workers should be entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, with six weeks required and the remaining eight weeks available following the delivery. Employers pay half of this benefit, and social security pays half if the employee has been with the business for at least two years. Paternity leave for fathers should be compensated for one day.

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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