Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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01. Overview

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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

Senegal is a country in West Africa that is formally known as the Republic of Senegal. Senegal is bordered on the north by Mauritania, on the east by Mali, on the southeast by Guinea, and on the southwest by Guinea-Bissau. Senegal nearly encircles The Gambia, which occupies a sliver of land along the Gambia River's banks, separating Senegal's southern region of Casamance from the rest of the world. Senegal and Cape Verde share a maritime frontier. Dakar is the economic and political capital of Senegal, which is a unitary presidential republic and the westernmost nation in the Old World, or Afro-Eurasia. The Senegal River, which runs through it on the east and north sides, gave it its name. Senegal has a population of about 16 million people and a land area of nearly 197,000 square kilometers. The state was founded as part of French West Africa's independence from colonial rule. Because of this tradition, French is the official language. The nation, like other post-colonial African states, has a diverse ethnic and linguistic population, with the Wolof, Fula, and Serer people being the most numerous, and the Wolof and French languages serving as lingua francas. Senegal is listed as a poor nation with a high level of debt and a low Human Development Index. The majority of the population lives along the coast and works in agriculture or other food-related businesses. Mining, tourism, and services are some of the other main industries. Although there is a rainy season, the climate is usually Sahelian. The African Union, the United Nations, the Economic Community of West African States, and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States all have Senegal as a member.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Every year, employees are given 24 days of paid annual leave, which accrue at the rate of two days each month. In compliance with legislation and collective agreements, additional leave can be granted based on duration of service. For each kid under the age of 14, female employees with children earn an extra day of leave each year.Employees are required to take at least six days of vacation every year, with the remaining days being carried over for up to three years. Employees covered by the national interprofessional collective agreement are also entitled to brief personal absences (one to four days) for births, baptisms, first communions, marriages, and deaths in their families.

Public holidays

New Year’s DayIndependence DayEaster MondayLabor DayAscension DayEid al-Fitr / KoritéFeast of AssumptionAshura/ TamharitGrand Magal de ToubaMawlid al-NabiAll Saint’s DayChristmas Day

Sick days

Employees are entitled to a minimum of five paid sick days per year. Employees covered by the national interprofessional collective bargaining agreement are entitled to sick leave based on their period of employment. Employees who have worked for a company for less than a year are entitled to one month of full pay and three months of half pay under the collective agreement. Employees with more than a year but less than five years of service are eligible to a month of paid sick leave and four months of paid sick leave. Employees who have worked for more than five years are eligible to two months of paid sick leave and five months of paid sick leave. A sick employee's employment is also guaranteed for six months by the collective bargaining agreement, after which they may be replaced.

Maternity leave

Female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, with an additional eight weeks available following the birth of their child. If there are problems or a pregnancy-related sickness, the mother may be entitled to take an extra three weeks of leave. Mothers also get one day off a year for each kid under the age of 14.

Paternity leave

One day of paternity leave is available to fathers who are covered by the interprofessional collective agreement.

Parental leave

Apart from maternity leave, there is no other parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Fixed-term contracts are typically terminated upon expiration and may be canceled early only for exceptional circumstances, most frequently substantial misconduct on the side of one of the parties. An indefinite contract may be cancelled by the parties agreeing to do so, or by either party giving the required notice time. All termination notices must be in writing and include a rationale for the termination. If the employer wishes to terminate the contract, the employer must provide a legitimate reason, which may be economic or personal in nature.

When an employer terminates a contract, ordinary employees receive one month's notice, supervisors and supervisory-level employees receive two months' notice, and executives receive three months' notice. Additionally, an employer may fire an employee without notice if the employer has just cause, such as unjustifiable absence, violation(s) of professional obligations, gross negligence, or commission of a criminal or civil infraction. Employers must first send an employee a letter stating why they are dissatisfied with their performance, save in the most egregious circumstances of wrongdoing. A minimum of 48 hours must be allowed for the employee to react.

Notice period

When terminating an indefinite contract, the majority of employees must provide 15 days' notice, while executives must provide a minimum of two months' notice.

Severance pay

Although severance pay is not a statutory right, it is mandated by the national interprofessional collective bargaining agreement. The amount is expressed as a percentage of the employee's monthly total compensation per year of service.

Probation period

Three-month probationary periods for executives and one-month probationary periods for non-executives are permitted and may be renewed.

07. Working hours


The standard workweek consists of forty hours spread over five days.


Overtime is limited to 100 hours per year and may be up to 10 hours per week with the permission of the government labor inspectorate for a limited period not to exceed six months.

For the first eight hours, overtime is paid at 110 percent of the employee's regular hourly rate; additional hours are paid at 135 percent. For daytime work on a weekend or holiday, the rate is 150 percent of the employee's regular hourly rate. Night work (between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.) is compensated at 150 percent of the employee's basic hourly rate, or at 200 percent on Sundays and holidays.

08. Minimum wage


In Senegal, general employees must be paid at least 317 CFA francs per hour, while agricultural workers must be paid at least 213 CFA francs per hour.

09. Employee benefits


The IPM (Institut de Prévoyance Maladie), Senegal's public healthcare system, covers employed Senegalese citizens. It pays for 40-80 percent of medical, pharmaceutical, and hospital expenses. Employees are enrolled in the IPM by their employers, and they become eligible for benefits after contributing for two months. Employers cover medical costs for workers who have not yet made adequate payments, and the employee reimburses them later. A hospitalized employee is usually given a modest hospital stipend by his or her company. A state welfare program provides primary healthcare to the whole population, including unemployed people. Private health insurance is accessible, and there are several private medical providers in Dakar, Senegal's capital city.

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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