Payroll and Benefits Guide - Angola



Angolan Kwanza



Employer Taxes


Date Format


Fiscal Year

1 Jan – 31 Dec

Fun Facts

Angola is the second-largest oil producer in Africa and has significant deposits of diamonds, gold, iron ore, copper, and uranium.

Angola is home to a critically endangered antelope called the Palanca Negra (Black Palanca).

Angola has a rich cultural heritage with diverse ethnic groups.

Angola is home to diverse and unique wildlife.

Angola has breathtaking landscapes and beaches.

Angola was one of the world’s leading coffee exporters.



Employee Payroll Tax

Contribution TypeRate
Social Security3.00%

Employer Payroll Tax

Contribution TypeRate
Social Security8.00%


Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycle in Angola is monthly.

13th Salary

It is mandatory for employers to provide a 13th and 14th salary. The 13th salary is allocated as a vacation bonus, with 50% of the amount paid before the employee takes their vacation. The 14th salary is a Christmas bonus paid to employees.

Work Hours and Week

The standard maximum working day is 8 hours, or a total of 44 hours per week. However, in cases where the work is intermittent, the working hours may be increased to 9 hours per day. The employer typically restricts the working week to a span of 5 consecutive days.


Employees have the right to 30 days of paid annual leave, which accrues over a period of 12 months. However, employees working in the southern provinces are entitled to an extended annual leave period of 40 days with full pay.


Paid Time Off

During the first year of employment in Angola, the accrual of annual leave is typically calculated at a rate of two days for each month of work. However, there is a minimum requirement of six days of annual vacation that must be taken in that specific year.

Public Holidays

There are 13 public holidays in 2023.

Sick Days

In medium or large companies, employees who are on sick leave are entitled to receive their full basic salary for the first two months of absence. From the third month up to the twelfth month of absence, the employer is required to pay the employee 50% of their basic salary until the relevant social protection entity takes over.

In the case of smaller companies, employees will receive 50% of their regular wage for a period of 90 days. Employees have the right to be absent from work due to illness and still receive their full remuneration, provided that they provide a documented and justified medical certificate.

Maternity Leave

Women who have made contributions to the social security system for at least 6 months prior to their pregnancy are eligible for 12 weeks of maternity leave.

Paternity Leave

Male employees are entitled to one day of paid leave at the time of the birth of a child.

Parental Leave

Upon the conclusion of maternity leave, it is possible for the employer, upon mutual agreement, to grant an additional four weeks of supplementary unpaid leave to a female employee for the purpose of caring for the child.


Termination Process

Upon termination of an employment contract, the employee is entitled to receive payment for any accrued and unused leave for the current year.

Notice Period

For executives, middle-level technicians, and high-level technicians, the notice period required for termination is 60 days. In contrast, general employees have a notice period of 30 days.

Severance Pay

For the first five years of employment, the severance pay is equal to one month’s salary. After the initial five years, the monthly salary for each subsequent year is halved to determine the severance pay amount.

Probation Period

Probation Period

Probation is not obligatory in Angola, but it is commonly practiced with a duration of two months



Work visas in Angola grant individuals the right to stay in the country for a duration of up to 12 months. These visas can be extended twice by submitting multiple visa applications. It’s important to note that work visas are valid only for the specific professional activity outlined in the individual’s work contract.


The commonly used VAT rate in Angola is 14.00%.