Remote’s guide to employing in

Ghana
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With localised contracts, easy invoice management, and best-in-class compliance, you can grow your team in Ghana with confidence. Currently, you can hire and manage contractors in Ghana through Remote, but our EOR services are not yet live.

  • Capital City

    Accra

  • Currency

    Ghanaian cedi (₵, GHS)

  • Languages

    English

  • Population size

    3,10,72,940

Services available in this country:
Contractor Management
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Facts & Stats

Ghana Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Accra

  • Currency

    Ghanaian cedi (₵, GHS)

  • Languages

    English

  • Population size

    3,10,72,940

  • Ease of doing business

    Medium

  • Cost of living index

    40.63 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    N/A

  • VAT - standard rate

    12.5%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    6.5 (2019)

Ghana is Nigeria’s younger cousin, and is arguably the more politically and economically stable of the two— when both nations are not arguing about who has the better jollof rice.

Ghana’s sandy beaches and coastal rainforests, blend in with level savannah, which give way to semi-arid plains in the north. Much of Ghana’s economy is extrctive and it produces huge stocks of gold, diamonds, bauxite (some of the world’s largest deposits) and manganese (3% of world production).

Ghana doubles as a large agricultural economy that’s one of the world’s major sources of cocoa (17% of global production).

Grow your team in Ghana with Remote

You can pay contractors now in Ghana with Remote. Note that we are busy building our own entity in Ghana 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 Ghana, 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 Ghana 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

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

Employing in Ghana

Workers' rights in Ghana are protected by:

  • The Ghanaian Constitution of 1992,

  • The National Pensions Act of 2008, and

  • The Labor Act of 2003

— all of which guarantee equal pay for equal work and 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 Ghana.

Minimum wage

Ghana’s minimum wage is fixed at GHS 13.53 ($1.74) per day although skilled employees will negotiate better rates on a case-by-case basis which will tend to be higher than the minimum wage.

Competitive benefits package in Ghana

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 Ghana, 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 Ghana

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

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    Social security and pensions

Types of leave

Ghanaian employees are entitled to 15 days of paid vacation every year.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employers can dismiss employees at will although notice has to be provided in advance. Workers who deem that they have been dismissed unfairly can file for reinstatement with a labor court.

Notice period

Varies depending on the nature of employment as shown below:

  • For contracts of three or more years: one month notice or payment in lieu of notice

  • For contracts of less than three years: two weeks notice or payment in lieu of notice

  • For weekly contracts: seven days notice

  • Flexible, at will contracts can be terminated with immediate effect

Severance pay

Severance payments are only required if employees are dismissed because of redundancy and in that case can be negotiated between employer and the employee.

Probation periods

Probation periods are stated in the employment (or collective agreement) contract.

Fair Pricing in Ghana

Contractor Management

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$29

per contractor/month

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  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

$50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you

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Manage all of your employees in one place

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Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app