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hire in Cameroon

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SALARY PAYMENT IN Central African CFA franc (FCFA)

CONTRACT LANGUAGE English or French

PAYROLL TAX9.65% – 16.2%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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Hire in Cameroon

Horizons enables any business, anywhere in the world, to quickly and cost-effectively hire employees in Cameroon — in full compliance with local tax and labor laws. The Horizons Cameroon PEO solution enables your company to hire a team in Cameroon, without the need for a local entity or subsidiary.

When you engage a Cameroon PEO, you save your business time and money, and guarantee compliance. 

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PEO Platform

Hire in Cameroon , and pay employees through our platform or app.

PEO Cost

Our Cameroon PEO solution is the most affordable on the market.

Time-to-hire

Fast Cameroon onboarding, hire in as little as 24 hours. 

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We draft compliant Cameroon labor contracts.

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Supplementary insurance, including dental, vision, and travel insurance.

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What is a Cameroon PEO?

A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) is a specialist company that provides HR services to businesses, including payroll, benefits, compliance, and HR administration. A Cameroon PEO is an organization that provides these HR services to businesses that are looking to hire employees in Cameroon. The organization could be a domestic PEO, only supporting companies based in Cameroon and only hiring and processing payroll in Cameroon. Or they could be a Global PEO, hiring employees all over Africa and the world, including Cameroon.

What attracts global companies to hiring in Cameroon? Cameroon is an emerging middle-income economy, and historically was one of the wealthiest countries in Africa. Its largest city, Douala, is the financial and banking capital of the region, and it has a diverse economy focused on primary industries and natural resources: Cameroon is a significant oil producer, and one of the largest producers of taro (3rd in the world), plantains (3rd in the world) and cocoa (5th in the world).

PEOs support international companies hiring a Cameroon team, taking over the HR, payroll and employment compliance tasks and responsibilities that apply to Cameroon employment. This helps international companies focus on expanding into a new African market, or simply getting the best out of their workforce in Cameroon.

What are the benefits of a Cameroon PEO?

Benefits of engaging a PEO in Cameroon include:

  • Cost savings — by engaging a PEO for your HR and payroll you don’t need as many HR and payroll staff. You also eliminate the need to set up a local Cameroon entity/subsidiary. 

  • Improved compliance — when you hire Cameroon legal and employment experts, you ensure compliance and avoid the risk of penalties and fines. 

  • Local expertise — a Cameroon PEO has the in-depth local market and compliance knowledge that most international companies lack. 

  • Enhanced flexibility —PEOs provide HR, payroll and compliance services on an ‘a la carte‘ and as-needed basis. For example, if the business needs support with Cameroon visas, a PEO may be able to help with that as well. 

  • Better employee benefits — PEOs have existing relationships with benefit providers (e.g., health insurance companies and brokers), as well as a size which helps them negotiate better benefit rates than most of their clients could individually.

It is worth noting that the specific benefits of a Cameroon PEO will depend on the services that that PEO offers as well the needs of that particular client: For example, some Cameroon PEOs will provide assistance with visa sponsorship, but not all. 

How does a Cameroon PEO help businesses hire employees?

PEOs in Cameroon support international businesses in a number of ways. This includes;

  • Advising companies on local labor laws and regulations: This is particularly true of international businesses who are likely unfamiliar with Cameroon tax and employment laws.
  • Assisting with recruitment: Many top PEOs offer recruitment support, including advertising jobs, reviewing applications and carrying out initial interviews.
  • Handling onboarding and orientation: Cameroon PEOs support companies in Cameroon by setting up payroll, and providing new hires with all the necessary information to begin work.
  • Administering employee benefits: PEOs can design and implement employee benefit plans, including health and disability insurance and pension plans, as well as administering those benefits on behalf of client companies.
  • Managing payroll and tax withholding: Cameroon PEOs handle the calculation and issuing of salaries and wages, the withholding of taxes, and making required tax payments on behalf of the business.

Leave management and national holidays in Cameroon

A Cameroon PEO can administer benefits for all employees in Cameroon. This includes leave management, pensions, healthcare and various social contributions.

When it comes to annual paid leave, Cameroon employees accrue 1.5 days annual leave per month worked: Generally speaking, this must be taken each year. After five continuous years, the allocation goes up to 2 days per month.

In addition to this, there are several paid national holidays in Cameroon. These are:

Cameroon has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2023 these holidays are:
Date Holiday name
1 Jan Sunday New Year’s Day
2 Jan Monday New Year’s Day observed
11 Feb Saturday Youth Day
7 Apr Friday Good Friday
22 Apr Saturday Eid al-Fitr (Tentative Date)
1 May Monday Labour Day
18 May Thursday Ascension Day
20 May Saturday National Day
29 Jun Thursday Eid al-Adha (Tentative Date)
15 Aug Tuesday Assumption of Mary
25 Dec Monday Christmas Day

Note also that there are some regional or local holidays that are only celebrated in certain parts of Cameroon.

Paternity and maternity leave in Cameroon

In most cases, female employees in Cameroon are entitled to 14 weeks paid maternity leave. Four weeks is to be taken before the birth, or 6 weeks before the birth on medical recommendation.

Maternity leave is not paid directly be employers, but out of the National Social Insurance Fund.

Male employees are entitled to 10 days of paid family leave.

Employer pension contributions in Cameroon

Employees in Cameroon are required to contribute to the National Social Insurance Fund (NSIF) at a rate calculated on the basis of their salaries. As with payroll taxes in the US, this is withheld by the employer. This goes towards a retirement pension, as well as disability and survial pensions.

Employee and employer both pay 4.2 percent for a total contribution of 8.4 percent of taxable income.

Income tax withholding in Cameroon

Employers withhold income tax from employees in Cameroon at the following rates: 

  • Up to 2,000,000: 11%
  • 2,000,001 to 3,000,000: 16.5 %
  • 3,000,001 to 5,000,000: 27.5 %
  • 5,000,000: 38.5%

Healthcare and health insurance in Cameroon

Cameroon’s has a publicly-funded healthcare system, providing free healthcare out of general taxation.  However, the system is under considerable pressure, and most professional employees also have private health insurance.

Note, employers do make a compulsory contribution to a workers compensation scheme, which ranges from 1.75-5 percent of employee income.

Hire through a Cameroon PEO

Cameroon Professional Employer Organization (PEO) solutions take the stress out of hiring employees in Cameroon.  Through a PEO solution, any company, anywhere in the world can hire employees in Cameroon, quickly and cost-effectively.

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without your own local entity.

With Horizons, you get quick service, transparent pricing, and expert support.

FAQs

A Cameroon Professional Employer Organization (Cameroon PEO) offers a wide range of and HR and payroll solutions, covering compliant hiring and payroll, but also offering recruitment, visa support and HR advisory services. 

The core offering of a Cameroon EOR is hiring and onboarding in Cameroon, ensuring that employment is compliant with local labor laws and tax regulations. 

Some international HR companies, such as Horizons act as both a Cameroon PEO and a Cameroon EOR. 

A Cameroon PEO is a good option for international businesses that seek to hire and pay employees in Cameroon in full compliance with tax and labor laws.