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Remote’s guide to employing in

Cameroon
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Whether you want to hire one person or a whole team, Remote's guide to hiring employees and contractors in Cameroon can help you get started. Note that Remote's employer of record services are not yet live in Cameroon.

  • Capital City

    Yaoundé

  • Currency

    Central African CFA franc (FCFA, XAF)

  • Languages

    English and French

  • Population size

    26,545,864

Services available in this country:
Not available

Facts & Stats

Cameroon Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Yaoundé

  • Currency

    Central African CFA franc (FCFA, XAF)

  • Languages

    English and French

  • 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)

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.

Grow your team in Cameroon with Remote

Note that we are busy building our own entity in Cameroon to provide you with the best possible employment solutions for your employees, but our employer of record service is not yet live in this country.

To employ in Cameroon, companies must own a local legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solution. Developing the processes required to manage payroll, benefits, taxes, and onboarding in countries like Cameroon can get complicated fast, especially without localised expertise.

If you’re looking to start hiring in a country like this, partnering with a global employment solution like Remote makes it easy for your company to employ workers quickly, cost-effectively, and in full compliance with all local legislation.

In the countries where we do offer our EOR services, Remote takes on the responsibility and legal risks of international employment so you can focus on hiring great talent and growing your business.

Risks of misclassification

Cameroon, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Cameroon may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Cameroon

The Cameroonian Labour 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.

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 instalments on or before the last working day of each calendar month, payable in arrears.

Competitive benefits package in Cameroon

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “fair equity”, which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).

We are still busy building our own entity in Cameroon, but our benefits packages for all countries are tailored to fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in Cameroon

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

  • 2.5%

    Payroll tax

  • 4.2%

    Old age pension

  • 7%

    Family allowance

Types of leave

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 holiday benefits paid in full before their holiday commences.

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 unfavourable 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.