Niger is a non coastal country in Western Africa and is the largest West African country by land area. 80 percent of it is covered by the Sahara Desert, and what’s not covered by desert is subject to frequent drought and is at risk of turning into a desert.
When working out terms of an employment contract and offer letter with a worker in Niger, it may be useful to keep the following in mind:
Niger celebrates 12 national holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Easter Monday
- Concord Day
- Labor Day
- Laylat al-Qadr
- Eid al-Fitr
- Nigerien Independence Day
- Eid al-Adha
- The Prophet’s Birthday
- Nigerien Republic Day
- Christmas Day
Working Hours in Niger
The work week in Niger is 40 hours.
Vacation in Niger
Workers are generally entitled to 22 days of paid annual leave.
Sick Leave in Niger
In general, workers are entitled to at least five paid sick days per year.
Maternity/Paternity Leave in Niger
Female workers are usually entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, of which six are mandatory and eight can be obtained after the birth. The employer pays 50%, if the worker has been employed for at least two decades, and social security pays 50%.
Men are entitled to one day of paid paternity leave.
Termination/Severance in Niger
Probationary periods of up to six months are permitted.
Taxes in Niger
Employers pay the following taxes:
- Family allowances: 8.4% of salaries
- Employees pensions: 5.25%
- Work injury: 1.75%
Workers contribute 5.25% of their salaries to pensions.
Health Insurance in Niger
Niger has a large number of community-based mutual medical insurance organizations.
Employment Contracts in Niger
Fixed term contracts of up to 2 years are allowed and can be renewed once.
It’s legally required to place a written employment contract in place in Niger, in the local language, which spells out the conditions of the worker’s compensation, benefits, and termination requirements. An offer letter and employment contract in Niger should always say the salary and any reimbursement amounts in West African CFA francs as opposed to a foreign currency.
This information is supplied as generally accepted advice and isn’t intended as advisory services.