Benin - Employer of Record (EOR)

✔ We get your team working in Benin

✔ We handle all your payroll needs

✔ We ensure 100% compliance for your business

Africa HR Solutions caters for Benin Employer of Record services to clients that need to employ employees and operate payroll without first establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Benin. Your workers are hired through Africa HR Solutions Benin Employer of Record (Benin EOR) conforming to in-country labor laws and may be onboarded in a few days instead of the weeks it typically requires. The new worker is assigned to work on your team, working on your institution’s behalf just as if he or she was your worker.

As always, we guarantee 100% compliance for your business in Africa.


Overview of Benin

Benin is bordered by Togo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Niger, and has a 121-kilometer-long coastline on the Gulf of Guinea. The country’s population amounts to approximately 12,451,031 individuals (2021).

The country has recently been carrying out key economic and structural reforms in an attempt to boost trade and encourage foreign investment.

New Year’s Day

Traditional Day


Eastern Monday or Dyngus Day

Worker’s Day

Ascension of Jesus

Whit Monday

Eid ul-Fitr

Independence Day

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Eid al-Adha

Armed Forces Day

All Saints Day

National Day

Mauloud (Birth of the Prophet)

Christmas Day

Typically, in Benin, work is convened Monday through Friday from 8am to 12:30pm and 3:30pm to 7pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Total working hours are generally 40 per week and should not exceed 56 per week.

Workers may not work more than 240 hours of overtime per year.  Overtime is paid at:

112% of normal hourly rate for 41st to the 48th hour per week.

135% of normal hourly rate beyond the 48th hour per week.

Generally, employees are entitled to 24 paid days of annual leave, with increases at the following rate:


  • after 20 years, and additional 2 days
  • after 25 years, an additional 4 days
  • after 30 years, an additional 6 days


Leave may be split but must be at least 14 days in length.

The cumulative duration of the leave may not exceed 30 working days within a year, and the leave must be taken within 12 months of receipt.

Employees with less than 2 years of service are generally entitled to 6 months’ sick leave.

Employees with 2+ years of service are generally entitled to 12 months’ sick leave.

If the employee has worked for less than 12 months s/he is generally entitled to one month paid leave.

Employees with 1-5 years’ service are generally entitled to three months at full pay and three months at half pay.

Employees with 5+ years of service are entitled to full pay for 6 months.

Female employees are generally eligible for 6 weeks of paid leave before the birth and 8 weeks after the birth, with the employer paying for half and social insurance the balance.

Fathers are generally entitled to 3 days of paid paternity leave.

A probationary period of up to 3 months is allowed.

Employers may terminate a worker for a valid reason, including:

  • worker health
  • inability to hold employment
  • competence or conduct
  • changes in the organization or technology
  • economic hardship or closure of the company

If the employer dismisses the employee on personal grounds, the employer must notify the employee in writing and include the reasons for termination. The labour inspector must also be notified in writing.

Notice periods are as follows:

  • Hourly employees are entitled to 15 days’ notice.
  • Employees, workers, and laborers are entitled to one month of notice.
  • Supervisors and executives are entitled to 3 months’ notice.
  • Employees on notice may spend 2 days per week looking for a new job.


Employees are entitled to severance pay. The amount depends on length of service:

First 5 years of employment–30% of average monthly salary

6-10 years of service–35% of average monthly salary

10+ years of service–40% of average monthly salary

An employee terminated for gross negligence is not generally entitled to severance pay.

Employees contribute 3.6% of salary to social security.

Employers contribute 15.4% of gross salary to social security, 6.4% for pension and 9% for family allowance, plus an additional 1%-4% for industrial injury assistance.

How Africa HR Solutions Can Help You

Our employer of record service enables businesses to run payroll in Benin while Africa HR Solutions takes care of taxation, and compliance management issues are lifted from their shoulders and passed on ours. As an African Employer if Record professional, we manage employment best practices, statutory and local norm, benefits, and employee expenditures, as well as severance and termination if needed. We also keep you updated of changes to local employment legislation in Benin.

Also, we keep you informed of changes to local employment laws in Benin.


When using our solutions, your new hire is up and ready even earlier, since he goes through a much better hiring transition. You will have peace of mind knowing you have a group of dedicated employment specialists, backed by years of experience, helping with each on-boarding.

Africa HR Solutions lets you focus on running efficiently your core business.

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