Hire employees
and contractors in Cameroon

Capital city
Central African CFA franc (XAF)
Population size
Languages spoken
French, English

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.

  • Capital city
  • Currency
    Central African CFA franc (XAF)
  • Languages spoken
    French and English
  • Population size
  • Ease of doing business
    Below Average
  • Cost of living index
    42.57 (2021)
  • Payroll frequency
  • VAT – standard rate
  • GDP - real growth rate
    3.7% (2019)

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.

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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
New Year’s Day
Youth Day (in Cameroon)
Good Friday
Labour Day
Eid al-Fitr
Ascension Day
National Day of Cameroon
Eid al-Adha
Assumption of Mary
Prophet's Birthday
Christmas Day

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

For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal monthly instalments 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.

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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

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.


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


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.


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.


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

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


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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