Country Payroll Guide Cameroon

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Key Facts

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Central African CFA Franc (XAF)
the standard rate is 19.25%



Cameroon Housing Fund - 1.5%
Total Employment Cost
Total Employment Cost - 1.5%


Social Security Contributions
Social Security Contributions - 4.2% (capped at 750,000 XAF)
Cameroon Housing Fund
Cameroon Housing Fund - 1%
Total Employee Cost
Total Employee Cost - 5.20%

Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage
The minimum wage in Cameroon is 36270 CFA Francs per month.


Payroll Cycle
13th Salary

Not required by law.

Income Tax

Employee Income Tax (1)
0 to 2,000,000 XAF - 11%
Employee Income Tax (2)
2,000,001 - 3,000,000 XAF - 16.5%
Employee Income Tax (3)
3,000,001 - 5,000,000 XAF - 27.5%
Employee Income Tax (4)
5,000,000 XAF and above - 38.5%

Working Hours

General Working Hours

40 working hours for all sectors except for agriculture, where the working week is 48 hours.


Overtime pay rate should not be less than one and a quarter times (125%) the regular rate.


Paid Time Off

Employees are entitled to 1.5 days of annual leave for one month of service. After five years of service, employees are eligible to receive an additional two days per month. Workers who have accumulated more than 12 days of leave may split up their leave, but one portion must equal 12 continuous working days. Mothers with children under six, are generally eligible for two additional days of leave for each child who lives in the home, or one day if the mother’s accrued leave does not exceed six days.

Public Holidays

10 days.

Sick Days

Employees are entitled to at least five days of paid sick leave per year.

Maternity Leave

Generally entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, with four weeks to be taken before the birth or six weeks if her doctor orders confinement. Maternity leave is paid for by the National Social Insurance Fund.

Paternity Leave

No provisions in the law.

Parental Leave

Fathers can use 10 days of paid family leave for paternity leave.


Termination Process

Indefinite-term contracts can be terminated at any time by either the employer or the employee.

Notice Period

Notice of termination must be given, the duration of which is set by the Minister in charge of Labour and is based on the seniority and the occupational group of the employee. During the notice period, the employee is generally entitled to one day off per week to look for another job.

Severance Pay

Employees who have worked for at least two years are generally entitled to severance pay; the amount of pay is determined by the Minister in charge of Labour.

Probation Period

Probationary periods of up to six months are allowed, and the agreement must be in writing


Employment Visa

Every foreign national traveling to Cameroon for business needs either a temporary or long-stay visa. Temporary visas are valid for three months and long-stay visas are valid for six months. Both allow for single and multiple entries.