Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Tunisian Dinar
Ease of doing business
Literary Arabic
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

Tunisia is Africa's northernmost country, officially known as the Republic of Tunisia. It is part of the Maghreb region of North Africa, bordered on the west and southwest by Algeria, on the southeast by Libya, and on the north and east by the Mediterranean Sea. It covers 163,610 km2 and has a population of 11 million people. The eastern end of the Atlas Mountains and the northern ranges of the Sahara desert are part of it, with most of the remaining land being arable. Its 1,300 km of coastline includes the African meeting point of the Mediterranean Basin's western and eastern portions. Tunisia is home to Africa's northernmost point, Cape Angela, and its capital and largest city, Tunis, which gives the country its name, is located on the country's northeastern coast. Tunisia has been populated by indigenous Berbers since antiquity. The Phoenicians arrived in the 12th century BC and founded many towns, the most important of which was Carthage by the 7th century BC. Carthage, a major mercantile empire and military competitor of the Roman Republic, was defeated by the Romans in 146 BC, and the Romans ruled Tunisia for the next 800 years, spreading Christianity and leaving architectural legacies such as the El Jem Amphitheatre. Muslims captured all of Tunisia by 697, after many failed attempts dating back to 647, introducing Islam and Arab culture to the locals. The Ottoman Empire took over in 1574 and ruled for over 300 years, until Tunisia was invaded by the French in 1881. Tunisia became independent in 1957, thanks to the efforts of Habib Bourguiba, who proclaimed the Tunisian Republic. Tunisia is the smallest country in North Africa today, but its culture and identity are embedded in this centuries-old melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. The Tunisian Revolution, sparked by the lack of freedom and democracy under president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's 24-year reign, overthrew his regime in 2011 and sparked the Arab Spring across the country. Soon after, the country held free multiparty parliamentary elections; on October 26, 2014, the country voted for parliament again, and on November 23, 2014, it voted for president. Tunisia is a unitary semi-presidential parliamentary democratic republic that is the only country in North Africa to be rated as "Free" by Freedom House and the only completely democratic state in the Arab World according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index. It is one of the few African countries with a high Human Development Index and one of the continent's highest per capita incomes. Tunisia is a well-integrated member of the global community. It belongs to the United Nations, La Francophonie, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the African Union, the Non-Aligned Movement, the International Criminal Court, and the Group of 77, among other organizations.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Each month, employees are given one vacation day. They will have accrued 12 vacation days after one year of employment.

Public holidays

Tunisia recognizes fifteen public holidays.

Sick days

To be eligible for sickness benefits, an employee must have worked for at least 50 days in the previous two quarters or 80 days in the previous four quarters before becoming ill. After a five-day waiting period, the covered employee receives 66.7 percent of their daily average wages for 180 days. They earn 50% for up to 180 days each year for the next year.

Maternity leave

Employees who are female are entitled to a total of thirty days of vacation. The employee must have contributed to social insurance for at least 80 days in the four quarters preceding up to the birth in order to receive 66.7 percent of their daily wages.

Paternity leave

Within the first seven days after the birth of the child, fathers are entitled to one day of paid leave.

Parental leave

The insured receives a lump sum payment equal to his or her daily average quarterly earnings.

Other leave

There is no qualifying term for work-related injury leave, but the accident must be reported to the employer within 48 hours and analyzed. The injured employer will be compensated at 66.7 percent of their average daily earnings during the highest-paid period prior to the onset of the impairment. After a three-day waiting period, payments will be made and will continue until the employee has recovered.

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Notice period

Severance pay

Probation period

07. Working hours



08. Minimum wage


09. Employee 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


via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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