Niger

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

Termination of Employment

Niger's Labor Code requires advance notice (or pay in lieu of) to be served before the lawful dismissal of an employee. The notice period's duration is determined by the collective agreement between the employer and the trade union or the individual agreement between the employer and employee. A contract can be terminated without notice in probation or in the event of gross negligence.

For example, employees covered by the Inter-occupational Collective Agreement are subject to the following notice periods:

  • Eight days for hourly, daily, or weekly paid workers
  • One month for monthly paid workers
  • One month for first-line supervisors and technicians
  • Three months for engineers, executives, and senior executives.

Work Permits

Niger's Labor Code provides that it is the employer's responsibility to apply for a foreign employee's work permit. An application for a work visa is to be submitted to the Ministry of Labor and must include the following documents:

  • Express request from the employer
  • Five copies of the employment contract mentioning the job's start date
  • Curriculum vitae of the employee
  • Legalized photocopies of the employee's work and educational certificates
  • Certificate of the nationality of the employee
  • Birth certificate
  • Criminal record dating back less than three months
  • Five photos of the employee
  • Medical certificate less than three months old stating that the employee is fit for the job.

The authorities issue a visa within one month from the date of application submission. The visa contains the seal, the signature, and the number affixed on each page of the contract by the competent authority for validation. The competent authority provides five copies of the employment contract: one to the employer, one to the employee, one to the public employment service, one to the local labor inspectorate, and one to the social security organization. The contract must be presented to the immigration services and to any requisition of the labor inspection services. The duration of the visa is two years, renewable once.

Paid Annual Leave

Niger's labor law provides employees the right to fully paid maternity leave of 14 weeks, of which eight weeks are to be taken after delivery. This leave can be extended by three weeks in case of any complications due to pregnancy or childbirth. Compulsory leave begins at least two weeks before the delivery.

Female insured employees with at least six months of employment are eligible for cash maternity benefits from the social insurance fund. The benefit provides 50% of the insured's last monthly earnings (the employer is liable to pay an additional 50% to employees with at least two years of service) for six weeks before and eight weeks after the expected date of childbirth. This benefit may be extended for up to three weeks in case of any complications due to pregnancy or childbirth.

Social security also grants pre-natal benefits to insured employees as a total of XOF 13,500 in 3 installments.

 

Working Hours

Niger's labor law indicates that the standard workweek is 40 hours. Employees working more than this number of hours are eligible for overtime. The law also mandates a weekly rest period of at least 24 continuous hours to all employees.

Maternity Leave

Niger's labor law provides employees the right to fully paid maternity leave of 14 weeks, of which eight weeks are to be taken after delivery. This leave can be extended by three weeks in case of any complications due to pregnancy or childbirth. Compulsory leave begins at least two weeks before the delivery.

Female insured employees with at least six months of employment are eligible for cash maternity benefits from the social insurance fund. The benefit provides 50% of the insured's last monthly earnings (the employer is liable to pay an additional 50% to employees with at least two years of service) for six weeks before and eight weeks after the expected date of childbirth. This benefit may be extended for up to three weeks in case of any complications due to pregnancy or childbirth.

Social security also grants pre-natal benefits to insured employees as a total of XOF 13,500 in 3 installments.

 

Minimum Wage

The national government of Niger sets the minimum wage. The minimum wage for all employees was last set in 2012 to XOF 173.35 (West African CFA francs) per hour or XOF 30,047 per month. This is still valid as of November 2022.

Country Profile

The GPS Country Profile contains detailed information on over 60 topics related to labor law compliance within Niger.
  • 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

 Country Snapshot

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