Hire employees and contractors in Cameroon

Remote’s guide to employing in Cameroon.

  • Capital city

    Yaoundé

  • Currency

    Central African CFA franc
    (FCFA, XAF)

  • Population size

    26,545,864

  • Languages spoken

    French, English

Facts & Stats

The Republic of Cameroon is a unitary presidential republic on the West African coast that boasts great cultural, geological, linguistic, and biological diversity. Cameroon is colloquially known as Africa in miniature, reflective of this vibrant cross-section.

  • Capital city

    Yaoundé

  • Currency

    Central African CFA franc
    (FCFA, XAF)

  • Languages spoken

    French, English

  • Population size

    26,545,864

  • Ease of doing business

    Below average

  • Cost of living index

    42.57 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    19.25%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    3.7% (2019)

Grow your team in Cameroon with Remote

Remote currently offers contractor payment and management services in Cameroon. We are busy building our own entity in the country to provide you with best possible employment solutions for your employees.

Risks
of misclassification

Cameroon, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time workers differently and there are risks associated with misclassification.

Employing in Cameroon

The Cameroonian Labor Code of 1992 defines provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights which apply to Cameroon’s workforce of 11.4 million.

Employees in Cameroon enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include the minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Cameroon.

Public holidays

Date
Holiday Name
Extra information
October 19Prophets Birthdaychanges annually
May 13Eid-al-Fitrchanges annually
May 20National Day
August 15Assumption of Mary
January 1New Year's Day
July 20Eid-al-Adhachanges annually
May 1Labour Day
February 11Youth Day
April 2Good Friday
May 13Ascension Day
December 25Christmas Day

Minimum Wage

The Cameroonian minimum wage is fixed at XAF36,270 ($65.77) per month.

Payroll Cycle

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly installments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Competitive benefits package in Cameroon

Remote can help you provide a competitive and compliant benefits package for your employees in Cameroon. If you have questions or would like to offer a custom benefit, let us know and we can help.

  • Medical insurance plan
  • Dental insurance plan
  • Vision insurance plan
  • Additional paid holidays
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Pension scheme
  • Life insurance
  • Other insurance

Taxes in Cameroon

Learn how employment taxes affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Cameroon.

  • Employer

    • 2.5% - Payroll tax

    • 4.2% - Old age pension

    • 7% - Family allowance

  • Employee

    • Personal income tax rates

    • 11% - up to XAF 2,000,000

    • 16.5% - XAF 2,000,001 – XAF 3,000,000

    • 27.5% - XAF 3,000,001 – XAF 5,000,000

    • 38.5% - More than XAF 5,000,000

Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees accrue 1.5 days of leave for each month of work, which increases to 3.5 days of leave every month after five years of service with the same employer. Employees are entitled to vacation benefits paid in full before their vacation commences.

Public holidays

Cameroonian employees are entitled to take the 10 national public holidays as paid days off work.

Sick days

Cameroonian labor laws guarantee employees five days of paid sick leave annually and hold employers responsible for any hospital bills charged if an employee gets injured or falls sick on the job.

Maternity leave

Female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave, starting four weeks before delivery (or six, if advised by health personnel), with leave benefits paid by the National Social Insurance Fund.

Paternity/Parental leave

Fathers can exercise their allotted 10 days of paid family leave (explained below) as paternity leave.

Other leave

  • Family functions: employees can take 10 paid days off work to attend important family functions like weddings and funerals.

Employment termination

Termination process

In Cameroon, the employer must provide a reason for termination that fits into one of the following categories:

  • gross misconduct (known as a summary dismissal)
  • constructive dismissal/resignation (dismissal or resignation forced by the conduct of either party)
  • termination of contracts of unspecified duration by the will of either party (known as mutual termination)
  • Lay off resulting from accidents, force majeure, or an unfavorable economic situation

Notice period

Indefinite-term contracts can be terminated at will with prior notice and one week off provided for employees to start exploring new opportunities.

Severance pay

Severance packages are defined by the Cameroonian Labour Minister and can vary, depending on industry and employee seniority.

Probation periods

Probation periods are defined in employment contracts and can last from six to eight months for managerial staff.

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