Payroll and Benefits Guide - Senegal



West African CFA Franc (XOF)




Employer Taxes

18.40% – 31.50%

Date Format


Fiscal Year

1 Jan – 31 Dec

Fun Facts

The capital and largest city of Senegal is Dakar, which is situated on the Cape Verde Peninsula.

The official language of Senegal is French, although Wolof is widely spoken and recognized as a national language.

Senegal is known for its vibrant music scene, particularly for its traditional music genres such as Mbalax and Senegalese hip-hop.

The Senegalese national football team is nicknamed the “Lions of Teranga”

Senegal is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Wrestling, known as “laamb” in Wolof, is the national sport of Senegal



Employee Payroll Tax

Contribution TypeRate
Social Security (CSS)2% – 7.50%
Social Security (CSS)5.6% – 9%
Social Security (CSS)6%

Employer Payroll Tax

Contribution TypeRate
Social Security (CSS)7%
Social Security (CSS)1% – 5%
Social Security (CSS)2% – 7.50%
Pension Contribution8.4% – 12%
Medical Coverage:6%


Payroll Cycle

The payroll cycles can be either hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly, with all payments made within 8 days.

13th Salary

The 13th Salary in Senegal is customary and generally paid at the end of the year.

Work Hours and Week

The standard work week consists of 40 hours over a maximum of 6 days per week.


All work exceeding the standard working hours per week is to be paid as overtime and is regulated by the employment contract/collective agreements.


Paid Time Off

Employees are entitled to 24 days of paid annual leave.

Public Holidays

Public holidays falling on weekends are usually lost unless decreed otherwise by the local government.

Sick Days

Employees who have completed six months of service within an organization are entitled to five days of paid sickness per year.

Maternity Leave

Employees are entitled to 14 weeks of 100% paid maternity leave compensated by Senegal’s Social Security/government. Maternity leave can begin six weeks before the expected due date and lasts for eight weeks following the birth.

Paternity Leave

Fathers are entitled to one day of paid paternity leave for the birth of a child if they are covered by the interprofessional collective agreement.

Parental Leave

There is no other parental leave in Senegal.


Termination Process

Employers can terminate a fix term contract by giving the following reasons – business, personal, or workers misconduct. It requires notice and a written explanation for the termination. If the reason is misconduct, a warning needs to be given and the employee gets a chance to explain actions.

Notice Period

The statutory notice period is dependent upon the job role and industry.

Employers may terminate employees for just cause with eight days to one month notice depending on the length of service for white-collar workers, blue-collar workers, and permanent hourly, daily, or weekly employees. Three months written notice is given to executives.

Severance Pay

Severance pay is 25-40% of the average wages over the past 12 months for each year of service depending on the length of service and the collective bargaining agreement.

Probation Period

Probation Period

Severance pay is 25-40% of the average wages over the past 12 months for each year of service

depending on the length of service and the collective bargaining agreement.



Work permits are required for foreign individuals wishing to take up employment and residence in Senegal.

The type of required work permit depends on the employee’s qualifications and duration of work.

Visas are compulsory for all foreign nationals traveling to Senegal, except nationals from ECOWAS, Mauritania, and Morocco.


The standard rate of VAT in Senegal is 18%.