Burundi

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The GPS Country Snapshot includes 25 sections of information about labor law compliance in Burundi. See a sample of popular sections below.

Termination of Employment

The minimum notice period for termination of employment contract by an employer is:

  • 1 month if the employee has seniority (work experience with the firm) of less than 3 years
  • 45 days if the employee has seniority of 3 to 5 years
  • Two months if the employee has seniority of 5 to 10 years
  • Three months if the employee has seniority of more than 10 years

If an employee initiates the termination of the employment contract, the period of notice is half of the above notice requirements.

The notice period can be waived and substituted by compensation. During a trial period, either party may terminate the employment contract at any time and without notice during the first month of probation. The required notice during the trial period is three days after a worker has completed one month of probation.

Work Permits

Foreign nationals who wish to work regularly in Burundi must obtain a work permit. Work permits are issued by the Director of Labor Inspection for up to 2 years and must be renewed 1 month prior to their expiry.

Paid Annual Leave

Female employees are entitled to a maternity leave of 12 weeks with full pay, including 6 weeks of prenatal leave. Maternity leave may be extended up to 14 weeks, at least 6 of which must be taken after birth. 

Employers must pay pregnant employees 50% of their wages as allowances during maternity leave and all the benefits in kind they received earlier. The Social Security Institute covers the remaining 50% of the wages.

An employee cannot be dismissed during the period of her maternity leave.

Working Hours

The regular working hours are 8 hours a day and 45 hours a week. Daily working hours in the civil service are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (paid and unpaid work). The Labour Code provides for weekly rest of at least 24 consecutive hours. 

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to a maternity leave of 12 weeks with full pay, including 6 weeks of prenatal leave. Maternity leave may be extended up to 14 weeks, at least 6 of which must be taken after birth. 

Employers must pay pregnant employees 50% of their wages as allowances during maternity leave and all the benefits in kind they received earlier. The Social Security Institute covers the remaining 50% of the wages.

An employee cannot be dismissed during the period of her maternity leave.

Minimum Wage

In Burundi, for workers in the urban areas of Gitega and Bujumbura, the minimum wage is BIF 160 (Burundian francs) per day. For workers in rural areas, the daily minimum wage is BIF 105. Employees' salaries cannot be below the set minimum wage.

The minimum wage is reduced in the following proportions for young workers:

  • 10% reduction for workers aged 15-17 years
  • 30% reduction for workers below the age of 15 years

Country Profile

The GPS Country Profile contains detailed information on over 60 topics related to labor law compliance within Burundi.
  • Type of Employment Relationship
  • Permanent Employment
  • Fixed-Term or Specific-Purpose Contracts
  • Temporary Employment Contracts
  • Part-time Employment
  • Young Worker Employment
  • Vendors and Independent Contractors
  • Types of Contracts
  • Probationary Period
  • Termination of the Contract of Employment
  • Grounds for Termination
  • Notice of Dismissal
  • Fair Dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Suspension of Contract of Employment
  • Severance Benefits
  • Hours of Work
  • Work Week and Timekeeping
  • Night Work and Shift Work
  • Overtime
  • Remote Work
  • Required Time Off
  • Public Holidays
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Maternity
  • Other Forms of Leave
  • Social Insurance and Retirement
  • Social Security Contribution
  • National Retirement Scheme
  • Dependents’/Survivors Benefit
  • Life and Disability Insurance/Benefit
  • Statutory Allowances
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Minimum Wage (Basic Wage)
  • Bonuses, Profit Sharing and Other Compensation
  • Medical Insurance
  • Work Environment
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • Prohibition of Discrimination
  • Prohibition of Harassment
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Whistleblowers and Retaliation
  • Workers’ representation in the organization
  • Freedom of Association
  • Registration and Recognition of Unions
  • Trade Union Personality
  • Collective Bargaining and Agreements
  • Disputes and Settlements
  • Strikes and Lockouts
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Taxation of Compensation and Benefits
  • Income Tax
  • Taxation of Employee Benefits
  • Tax Filing and Payment Procedures
  • Double Tax Relief and Tax Treaties
  • Visas and Work Permits
  • Visas
  • Work Permits and Residence Permits

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