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hire in the Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast PEO &
Employer of Record

SALARY PAYMENT IN West African CFA Franc (XOF)

CONTRACT LANGUAGE French / English

PAYROLL TAX  14.45% – 18.45%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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Hire in the Ivory Coast

Horizons ensures day-to-day guidance to help your business navigate Ivory labor laws and regulations. Horizons also ensures payroll is processed weekly or fortnightly (the standard periods in Ivory), and that taxes are withheld as required.

As the Ivory Employer of Record, Horizons is responsible for employee income tax withholding, payment of payroll taxes to state authorities, and submission of tax returns to the Ivory Tax Office. 

Partnering with our Ivory PEO is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Ivory market.

Facts & Stats

PEO Platform

Hire in the Ivory Coast, and pay employees through our platform or app.

PEO Cost

Our Ivory Coast PEO solution is the most affordable on the market.

Time-to-hire

Fast onboarding in the Ivory Coast, hire in as little as 24 hours.

Contracts

We draft labor contracts compliant with the Ivory Coast’s labor law.

Local Benefits

We administer all mandatory benefits and contributions in the Ivory Coast.

180+ Countries

It doesn’t stop with the Ivory Coast — we are an international PEO

stay compliant with Ivory labor laws

Employment Laws

Ivorian employment contracts

Employment contracts need to be written in Ivory Coast and provided for every employee you hire. These contracts should be written in French and use the local currency of the West African CFA franc. Also, they should include all details of the agreement such as wage/salary, working hours, and benefits.

Fixed-term
Probationary period

8 days: Hourly workers

1 month: Salaried workers

2 months: Supervisors, Technicians, and similar

3 months: Engineers, Executives, and similar

6 months: Senior Managers

Termination notice period

8 days: <6 months of service

15 days: 6 months – <1 year of service

1 month: for between 1 – <6 years of service

2 months: for between 6 – <11 years of service

3 months: for between 11 – <16 years of service

4 months: for 16+ years of service

Severance

30% average monthly salary per year of work: 5 years or less service

35% average monthly salary per year of work: 10 years or less service

40% average monthly salary per year of work: 10+ years service

Indefinite
Probationary period

8 days: Hourly workers

1 month: Salaried workers

2 months: Supervisors, Technicians, and similar

3 months: Engineers, Executives, and similar

6 months: Senior Managers

Termination notice period

8 days: <6 months of service

15 days: 6 months – <1 year of service

1 month: for between 1 – <6 years of service

2 months: for between 6 – <11 years of service

3 months: for between 11 – <16 years of service

4 months: for 16+ years of service

Severance

30% average monthly salary per year of work: 5 years or less service

35% average monthly salary per year of work: 10 years or less service

40% average monthly salary per year of work: 10+ years service

Working hours in Ivory Coast

The standard working week for employees in Ivory Coast is 40 hours across five days.

Hire compliantly in Ivory Coast without a local entity.

Quick, compliant hiring in 24 hours—no subsidiary required.

Public holidays in Ivory Coast

There are several annual public holidays in Ivory Coast. Many employees in the country receive the following days as leave from work:

Ivory has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2023 these holidays are:
Date Holiday name
1 Jan Sunday New Year
10 Apr Monday Easter Monday
18 Apr Tuesday Day After Laila tou-Kadr
22 Apr Saturday Aid el-Fitr (Tentative Date)
1 May Monday Labor Day
18 May Thursday Ascension Day
29 May Monday  Whit Monday
29 Jun Thursday Aid el-Kebir (Tentative Date)
7 Aug Monday Independence Day
15 Aug Tuesday  Assumption of Mary
27 Sep Wednesday The Day After Prophet’s Birthday (Tentative Date)
1 Nov Wednesday All Saints Day
15 Nov Wednesday National Peace Day
25 Dec Monday Christmas Day

Vacation leave in Ivory Coast

Employees in Ivory Coast can take a mandatory minimum of 26 days of vacation leave after one year of service, and 27 days after five years of service.

Ivory's healthcare system

Sick leave in Ivory Coast

Usually, employees in Ivory Coast can take at least five days of paid sick leave from work each year.

Maternity and paternity leave in Ivory Coast

In general, employees in Ivory Coast are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.

Employee severance and terminations in Ivory Coast

In Ivory Coast, mandatory notice periods for termination of employment contracts vary depending on the seniority of an employee and the type of work they are engaged in.

In general, employees are entitled to severance payments upon termination. Common rates range from 30% to 40% of normal monthly salary, depending on the employee’s length of service.

Taxation in Ivory Coast

Income tax for employees in Ivory Coast is split into two main categories. Firstly, there is a National Contribution tax on 80% of gross income that is progressively rated between 0% and 10% depending on income level. Secondly, there is a Salary Tax of 1.5% of 80% of gross income. This should be withheld by the employer.

The corporate tax rate in Ivory Coast is 25% for most companies, and 30% for certain types of businesses (such as telecommunications and IT).

Health coverage in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast has a universal public healthcare system, but many employers also offer private medical insurance for employees as part of their benefits packages.

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Compensation & Benefits

Compensation Laws in Ivory Coast
The mandatory minimum wage for employees in Ivory Coast is 60,000 West African CFA francs per month.
Benefit management in Ivory Coast

Building an employee benefits system in Ivory Coast can be a long and complicated process, with the language, laws, and administrative procedures all potentially stalling your expansion progress.

Outsourcing your benefit management process ensures that you fully understand and adhere to the rules, ensuring your compliance and speeding up the process significantly. At Horizons, our Ivory Coast employment experts will help you to find and arrange your benefits, advise on your strategy, and ensure compliance with the law.

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without your own local entity.

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

FAQs

An Ivory Coast PEO and an Ivory Coast EOR are two types of companies which specialize in providing human resources services to businesses in the Ivory Coast.

The main difference between an Ivory Coast PEO and an Ivory Coast EOR is in the scope of their services.

Ivory Coast PEOs provide a full range of HR services, including payroll, benefits administration, and employee recruiting—all under one roof as a co-employer. Engaging an Ivory Coast PEO is essentially outsourcing your HR duties in the Ivory Coast.

Ivory Coast EORs actually take over as the legal employer of your employees based abroad. Ivory Coast EORs become responsible for labor compliance for your employees in the Ivory Coast.

At Horizons, we offer both PEO and EOR services in the Ivory Coast. Get in touch now and let us know what service you are seeking.

A PEO in the Ivory Coast can feasibly hire both local and foreign nationals to work in the Ivory Coast.

However, the ability of Horizons to sponsor your foreign national employee in the Ivory Coast may be limited due to visa quotas practiced in many countries.

Contact us with your requirements and our Global Mobility team with review the case and get back to you within 2 business days.

In most cases, Horizons’ Ivory Coast PEO can hire & onboard your employee within 24 hours. The actual start date of the employee will depend on their notice period obligation to their previous employer as well as any relevant hiring rules in the Ivory Coast.

It is possible to get a work visa in the Ivory Coast. Horizons’ Global Mobility team is a dedicated team of work visa experts. They assess the details of each case to determine feasibility and costs before Horizons applies for the work visa on behalf of your employee. If the Global Mobility team determines that your case is feasible, the process is smooth and transparent. Visa spots in the Ivory Coast are limited, however—get started today to secure your employees’ visa spot.