Hire and pay employees in

Cameroon, hassle-free

Hire and pay employees in Cameroon, hassle-free

With Deel, your business can easily hire employees in Cameroon. No more worrying about local laws, complex tax systems, or managing international payroll. Deel takes care of everything in 150+ countries.

The average onboarding time frame in Cameroon is 3 days with Deel.

Currency

Central African Franc

Capital

Yaoundé

Official Language

English & French

Payroll Cycle

Monthly

Onboard, pay and manage employees in Cameroon with Deel.

Usually, to hire in Cameroon, your business needs an entity. That means a local office, an address registered as a subsidiary, and an account with a local bank. All of this, plus navigating regional benefits, payroll, tax, and HR laws, can take months.

Deel lets you hire employees in Cameroon quickly, easily, and compliantly. We even automate tax document collection, payroll, benefits, and more. For your existing direct employees, we can manage your entire payroll operation from end-to-end.

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Deel allows you to provide localized benefits for employees in Cameroon within minutes. All in one manageable online dashboard.

  • Employment Trust Fund
  • National Housing Development Fund

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Minimum Wage Requirements

In Cameroon, the minimum wage can vary depending on the industry of the company. For Deel, the applicable monthly minimum wage is XAF 60.000. 

Individual Income Tax

The individual income tax ranges from 11% to 38.5%. Income tax is calculated according to progressive rates. 

Gross Annual Income

Tax Rate (%)

Up to XAF 2.000.000

11%

Up to XAF 2.000.001 to 3.000.000

16.5%

Up to XAF 3.000.001 to 5.000.000

27.5%

Over XAF 5.000.000

38.5%

Payroll Cost

The employer cost is generally estimated at 15.45% of the employee salary.

  • Pension insurance - 4.20%
  • Occupational Accident Insurance - 1.75%
  • Family Benefit - 7.00%
  • National House Loan Fund Tax - 1.50%
  • National Employment fund - 1.00%

13th salary, paid at the end of the year. 

Overtime Pay & Maximum Hours

Standard working hours are 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week (2.400 hours per year). The standard work week is from Monday to Friday. Work performed between 10pm and 6am is considered night work. 

Overtime payment is mandatory. Hours outside of standard work hours are considered overtime. Employees can work a maximum of 20 hours of overtime per week, maximum 10 hours per day. For additional hours performed during the week, employees are paid:

  • For the first 8 hours, 120% of the hourly wage;
  • For the next 8 hours, 130% of the hourly wage;
  • For overtime worked on Sundays, 140% of the hourly wage;
  • For overtime worked at night, 150% of the hourly wage;
  • For overtime worked in case of an emergency or in case of force major during non-business days, 150% of the hourly wage

Maternity Leave

Employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid leave. Four weeks  must be taken before the child's birth. The employee will receive full salary during this period, and Social Security (CNPS) will be responsible for this pay.

Paternity Leave

Employees are entitled to 3 days of paid paternity leave. The employee will receive 100% of the salary during this period, and the employer will be responsible for this pay.

Parental Leave

In Cameroon, no law covers parental leave. However, employees may be entitled to maternity leave and paternity leave.

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to paid sick leave for up to 180 days. For leave to be granted, the illness must be certified by a medical practitioner approved by the employer or one affiliated with a state-recognized hospital establishment.

Additionally, employees are entitled to special leave of absence, up to 10 working days per year. This special leave can be utilized for events related to their own home and family events.

Termination Requirements

Terminations in Cameroon can be complex. To terminate indefinite contracts, either party has to provide the other party with the required notice period. 

Compliant terminations include:

  • Voluntarily by the employee
  • By mutual agreement
  • Unilaterally by the employer based on:
    • probation period
    • objective grounds
    • disciplinary dismissal
    • performance due to unsuitability for the job
  • By expiration of the contract

Notice Period

The minimum notice period is 30 days and will be increased according to the length of the employment and the category of the employee.

  • Category I to IX 
    • 30 days if the length of service is less than one year
    • 60 days if the length of service is between 1 to 5 years
    • 90 days if the length of service is more than 5 years
  • Category X to XX  
    • 30 days if the length of service is less than one year
    • 90 days if the length of service is between 1 to 5 years
    • 120 days if the length of service is more than 5 years

Severance for Employees

In Cameroon, all employees terminated without serious misconduct and having served the same employer for more than 2 years are entitled to severance pay. This pay is calculated as a percentage of the monthly overall wages per year of service and is determined by the length of service as follows:

  • 20% per year during the first 5 years
  • 25% per year from the 6th to the 10th year
  • 30% per year from the 11th to the 15th year
  • 35% per year from the 16th to the 20th year
  • 40% per year after the 21st year

Paid Time Off

Both full-time and part-time employees are entitled to 24 working days of paid time off (PTO) a year. PTO accrues monthly at 2 days per month. Employees are eligible for annual leave after 12 months of work. 

Time off will increase with the length of service of the employee in the same company:

From 5 to 10 years of employment: an additional 3 working days, minimum 27 working days per year
From 10 to 15 years of employment: an additional 3 working days per year, minimum 30 working days per year
From 15 years of employment and onwards: an additional 3 working days per year, minimum 33 working days per year

Minimum paid time off can vary depending on the industry of the company. Although for some sectors minimum is 18 working days, for Deel’s industry it will be 24 working days.  

Public Holidays

Cameroon celebrates 10 national holidays based on the location of the employee. Some public holidays, depending on the day they fall on, might be extended to 2 days.

National public holidays include:

  • New Year's Day 
  • Youth Day
  • Good Friday
  • Djouldé Soumaé
  • Labour Day
  • Ascension Day
  • National Day
  • Eid Al Adha 
  • Assumption Day
  • Christmas Day

Onboarding

Onboarding takes 3 business days. Compliance documents must be completed 1 day before the start date, including the CNPS registration. 

Employment Contract Details

Contracts can be in English, French or bilingual. They must be in writing and signed by both parties. Fixed term contracts are not allowed to have a probation period. 

A contract must include:

  • name
  • start date
  • length of the employment
  • job description
  • termination conditions

Probation Period

Probation periods can last between 3 to 4 months, with the chance of one renewal for the same length of time. The length of the probation period is determined by the role of the employee: standard probationary period is 3 months, and for managerial roles, probation can be 4 months. 

The notice period during the probation will be between 5 to 20 working days depending on the category of the employee.

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