Senegal

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Country Snapshot

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

Termination of Employment

Senegal's Labor Code requires written notice to be provided for termination of an employment contract. The notice must include the reasons for dismissal. Notice periods can be determined by a collective agreement. In the absence of collective agreements, the notice period is set by law as follows:

  • Employees paid by hour, day or week - 1 month
  • Non-managerial employees paid monthly - 2 months
  • Managers and similar - 3 months

Employees are entitled to 2 days of leave per week during the notice period to look for a new job. Employees who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding are exempt from this law and may terminate their employment contracts at any time as they are not required to follow notice requirements.

Work Permits

Foreign nationals who wish to be employed in Senegal must obtain a work permit and a foreigner identity card. Work permits are issued by the Director of Labor and Social Security for a period of 2 years but are renewable. The Ministry of Interior issues foreign identity cards with a validity period of up to 5 years.

Paid Annual Leave

The Labor Code of Senegal entitles pregnant employees to a paid maternity leave of 14 weeks, including eight weeks of post-natal maternity leave. In case of illness arising out of pregnancy or confinement advised by a certified medical professional, female employees may extend their maternity leave for up to 3 weeks. Employees receive 100% of their wages during maternity leave. 

During the maternity leave period, an employer cannot dismiss the employee. 

Working Hours

In Senegal, the Labor Code indicates that the standard workweek is capped at 40 hours. People working in the agriculture industry are limited to 2,352 hours of work in a year. Agreements relating to the development and distribution of working hours of the week can be concluded within the company or the establishment.

Senegalese employees work a maximum of six days per week, with one day allocated for 24 hours of rest.

Maternity Leave

The Labor Code of Senegal entitles pregnant employees to a paid maternity leave of 14 weeks, including eight weeks of post-natal maternity leave. In case of illness arising out of pregnancy or confinement advised by a certified medical professional, female employees may extend their maternity leave for up to 3 weeks. Employees receive 100% of their wages during maternity leave. 

During the maternity leave period, an employer cannot dismiss the employee. 

Minimum Wage

In Senegal, the government divides employees into 2 categories: agricultural and non-agricultural. The current hourly minimum wage is XOF 370.526 (West African CFA francs) (valid from August 2023) for the non-agricultural sector and XOF 236.865 for the agricultural sector.

Country Profile

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