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

Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a West African country bordered on the west by Ghana, the east by Benin, and the north by Burkina Faso. The nation stretches south to the Gulf of Guinea, with Lomé as its capital. Togo is one of Africa's smallest nations, with a population of around 8 million people, and one of the world's narrowest, with a width of less than 115 kilometers between Ghana and its slightly larger eastern neighbor, Benin. From the 11th to the 16th centuries, numerous tribes invaded the area from all directions. The coastal area was a major trade center for Europeans purchasing slaves from the 16th to the 18th centuries, gaining Togo and the surrounding region the nickname "The Slave Coast." In 1884, Germany proclaimed Togoland, a protectorate that included present-day Togo. Following World War I, France was given control of Togo. In 1960, Togo declared independence from France. Gnassingbé Eyadéma led a popular military coup d'état in 1967, during which he became president of a single-party anti-communist state. Eyadéma eventually faced multiparty elections in 1993, which were marred by fraud, and he won three times. Eyadéma was the longest-serving leader in modern African history at the time of his death, having served as president for 38 years. Faure Gnassingbé, his uncle, was elected president in 2005. He is still in office as of 2021. Togo is a tropical, sub-Saharan African country whose economy is heavily reliant on agriculture and has a climate that allows for long growing seasons. While French is the official language, many other languages, especially those of the Gbe family, are spoken. Indigenous people make up the majority of the religious population, but there are substantial Christian and Muslim minorities. Togo is a member of the African Union, the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, the Francophonie, and the Economic Community of West African States.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees are entitled to two and a half days of paid yearly leave for every month of employment. Individual employment contracts or collective bargaining agreements, on the other hand, might provide employees with extra vacation days.

Public holidays

The following public holidays are observed by Togo:New Year’s Day (Jan. 1, 2022)Easter Monday (April 5, 2021; April 18, 2022)Independence Day (April 27, 2021; April 27, 2022)Labor Day (May 1, 2021; May 1, 2022)Eid al-Fitr (May 13, 2021; May 3, 2022)Ascension Day (May 13, 2021; May 26, 2022)Whit Monday (May 24, 2021; June 6, 2022)Martyr’s Day (June 21, 2021; June 21, 2022)Eid al-Adha (July 20, 2021; July 10, 2022)Feast of Assumption (Aug. 15, 2021; Aug. 15, 2022)All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1, 2021; Nov. 1, 2022)Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2021; Dec. 25, 2022)

Sick days

Employees in Togo are entitled to six months of sick leave. Sick leave benefits may be more beneficial under individual employment contracts and collective bargaining agreements.

Maternity leave

Maternity leave is 14 weeks for female employees. It is possible to take up to eight weeks before giving birth. In the event of a pregnancy-related sickness, it might be prolonged by three weeks.

Paternity leave

There is no statutory paternity leave.

Parental leave

Apart from maternity leave, there is no parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

In Togo, employment contracts may be canceled with the approval of either the employer or the employee.

Notice period

Both parties must provide a termination notice or payment in lieu of notice. The notice period is typically between 15 and 30 days, but may vary according to the terms of the individual employment contract or collective bargaining agreement.

Severance pay

Severance is between 35% and 45% of the employee’s monthly salary.

Probation period

For workers and employees paid monthly, the probationary period is one month; for supervisors, technicians, and associated professionals, it is three months; and for managers, it is six months. For hourly employees, the probationary period is eight days.

07. Working hours


Except for agricultural workers, the standard workweek is 40 hours over six days. Each day, the maximum number of hours worked is eight.


Overtime may be authorized in exceptional circumstances. Individual employment contracts or collective bargaining agreements generally dictate the rate and terms of daytime or nighttime overtime, public holidays, and rest days.

08. Minimum wage


Togo's minimum wage rate is 35,000 CFA francs a month for all workers.

09. Employee benefits


There are 14 public holidays in Togo, and you should offer your workers those days off. According to the country's Labor Code, at the conclusion of a year of employment, all employees are entitled to 30 days of paid leave.

Maternity leave is another significant statutory benefit. Women should be entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave, followed by six weeks of post-natal leave. If there is a problem or sickness as a result of the pregnancy or delivery, or if there are numerous pregnancies, your employee should be given an additional three weeks of paid leave. The Labor Code does not mandate paternity leave, however the Interprofessional Collective Agreement provides workers with two days.

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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