Payroll and Benefits Guide - Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso


West African CFA Franc (XOF)



Employer Taxes


Date Format


Fiscal Year

1 Jan – 31 Dec

Fun Facts

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country located in West Africa, bordered by six countries.

The name “Burkina Faso” translates to “Land of Honest People” in the local languages of Moore and Dioula.

The capital city of Burkina Faso, has a unique name that means “You are welcome here” in the local Mooré language.

Burkina Faso has a diverse wildlife population.

The Burkinabé people are often praised for their welcoming nature.

Burkina Faso is famous for its traditional wrestling sport called “Boureima.”

Burkina Faso


Employee Payroll Tax

Social Security (Old Age Pension)5.50%

Employer Payroll Tax

Social Security (Occupational Accident, Family Allowance & Old Age Pension)16.00%


Payroll Cycle

The payroll period is typically monthly in Burkina Faso.

13th Salary

In Burkina Faso, bonuses are frequently given to workers at the end of the year.

Work Hours and Week

In Burkina Faso, a 40-hour workweek is considered standard.


The employment contract and collective agreements govern all labor that is performed in excess of the required weekly hours.
Burkina Faso


Paid Time Off

Once an employee has worked a year, they are entitled to 22 paid days of annual leave.

Public Holidays

In Burkina Faso, here are 14 Public Holidays.

Sick Days

The length of work affects sick leave:

  • Two months’ compensation (one month at 100% and the second month at 50%) for up to a year of service
  • 1-4 years of service – four months’ pay (one month at 100%, the other two months at 50%)
  • Five months’ pay after six to ten years of service (two months at 100% and the other three at 50%)
  • Six months’ salary after 11 to 15 years of service (three months at 100% and the remaining months at 50%)
  • Eight months’ salary after more than 15 years of service (four months at 100% and the remaining months at 50%)

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave after three months of service, usually beginning eight weeks before the due date but no later than four weeks before.

The Burkina Faso social insurance program covers both the maternity pay and supplementary family benefits.

Paternity Leave

In general, fathers are entitled to three days of paid paternity leave.

Parental Leave

Parents of unwell children may take up to six months of unpaid parental leave after giving one month’s notice.


Termination Process

A written justification for the termination is required along with a notification of termination. An employee must receive a warning and an opportunity to explain their behavior before being fired for misconduct. If an employee misses up to a year of work due to illness, the employer cannot terminate the employee’s contract.

Notice Period

The mandatory notice time depends on the worker’s classification. Regular full-time employees are required to give one month’s notice. The notice period for managers, supervisors, and technicians is three months. Employees hired on a daily or hourly basis must give 8 days’ notice. Only one week’s notice is needed throughout the probationary period.

Severance Pay

Except in cases of egregious misbehavior, employees who have worked for the company for at least a year are entitled to severance benefits upon termination. The length of service determines the amount of severance pay, which is calculated as a percentage of total monthly income for each year of service:

  • 25% of monthly pay for one to five years of employment.
  • 30% of monthly salary after five to ten years of service.
  • 40% of monthly pay with at least ten years’ service.

Probation Period

Probation Period

Depending on the type of employment and job role, the probationary term in Burkina Faso is typically three months.


For foreign workers who need to stay in Burkina Faso for more than 90 days, a work visa is required. A worker card will also be required. These visas are valid for the whole three-year or longer term of the job contract. The Burkina Faso embassy or consulate closest to you is the ideal place to obtain the worker card and work visa.


In, Burkina Faso, the usual VAT rate is 18%.