How to hire remote employees in


One of the few Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, Angola is a great place to hire remote talent. In the next few minutes, we’ll clear up all your questions about hiring remotely in Angola: You’ll learn how you can hire there without setting up your own physical entity, spending thousands of dollars in fees, or wading into months of legal red tape. Shall we?

Country snapshot

Angolan Kwanza (AOA)

What to know before you hire in 


Hiring in Angola can be notoriously difficult—but not when you know what you’re doing. If you want to hire remote talent in Angola, you have two options: Hire people as contractors, or hire them as employees.

If you want to successfully hire in 


, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 


. Onboarding talent takes days, not weeks or months. Both you, the company, and your talent have more flexibility. And in many cases, since you’re remote, the talent you’re hiring is better classified as a contractor, anyway. Of course, it’s not possible in every case, but it’s what we built Panther for.

Hire talent as employees

This is the long route. You can either establish a physical presence with an entity and register as an employer, or you can use an Employer-of-Record (EOR) solution. Odds are, you’ll find using an EOR to be the easier route. Still, using an EOR in 


 is expensive—it can often be $500 per month per employee—and sometimes prone to lengthy onboarding times.

Why hire independent contractors in 


Hiring contractors is normally the easier, faster, more flexible choice—but don’t just take it from us. Below are the specific benefits and drawbacks to hiring contractors in 



It’s the fastest way to hire globally

Hiring employees takes months, at the minimum. When you hire with Panther’s locally-generated contracts, it’s a matter of days or weeks. This means you can hire the best talent, fast, without losing them to a hellish procession of paperwork.

It’s a lot cheaper

It costs just $0 to sign up for Panther, then $49 per month to hire your contractors with Panther. If you hired employees manually (or did contracting on your own), you’d likely be on the hook for thousands of dollars each month. Setting up an entity alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It’s more flexible for you & your team

Hiring contractors in 


 means you’re generally not on the hook for things like health insurance and paid time off. This makes hiring flexible for you, and it gives your talent more options.

Can be less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and can open you up to increased liabilities and regulations. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but laws surrounding contractor classification are often significantly more straightforward.

Some people want to be employees

The contractor life isn’t for everyone—some people want the security that being an employee often appears to provide. Though it’s rare, this does happen, and it’s one disadvantage of manage an all-contractor team.

You might not have as much control over your talent

Most countries’ contractor-employer relationship laws stipulate that the employer can’t set fixed working hours, among other things. These laws give contractors more freedom over how and when they do their work than an employee would have. In reality, however, most contractors are willing & able to work on the company’s schedule—it’s a matter of setting expectations beforehand.

How can I pay people in 



If you’re hiring contractors in 


, you can pay them with Panther in a single click. You won’t need to worry about complicated wire transfers, fees, or currency conversions. We’ll take care of it all. Just make a click and your contractor will get paid in their currency of choice. This is a valuable bonus for talent in countries where the local currency is particularly weak—most people appreciate the ability to receive their payment in stronger currencies.

Hiring and paying your team in 


Hire and pay with Panther

Pay everyone with a single click
Get great currency conversion rates
Pay $0 in platform fees
Run payroll in seconds
Let Panther automatically create & store invoices
Let Panther automatically write locally-compliant contracts
Let Panther automatically file local tax documents

Hire and pay without Panther

Pay all your contractors individually
Do all currency conversions yourself
Shoulder the burden of platform fees
Spend hours each month making payments
Manually track & store invoices
Manually write & sign contracts
Manually file relevant tax documents

Let Panther save you from hiring headaches.

Sign up today for $0

If you want to hire employees in 


If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Angola than employees. Still, there are valid reasons why you might want to hire employees instead. The content below is for you—we’ll cover employer taxes and obligations in Angola.

Taxes in 


Employer tax

National Social Security Institute

Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

PTO is calculated by the:

  • Employees are entitled to 22 days of paid leave after the completion of 1 year of employment.  

Public Holidays

There are 12 public holidays.

Sick Days

The duration of sick leave entitlement provided to workers is dependent on how long they have been employed by their employer:

  • Employees at large or medium-size businesses receive full pay for the first two months of illness and 50% of third to twelfth months.
  • Employees at small businesses receive 50% for 90 days.

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave is 3 months and can begin 4 weeks before the expected due date.  For multiple births, maternity leave is extended to 4 months.  For stillbirth, the leave is reduced to 45 days.

Maternity leave pay is based on the average earnings of 6 months leading up to birth.

Paternity Leave

There are no provisions in the law regarding paternity leave.

Parental Leave

There are no provisions in the law regarding paternity leave.

Other Leave


Marriage Leave


Bereavement Leave



Termination Process

In cases where the employer claims to have just cause for dismissal, the employee has a right to a hearing. If a judge rules against employer, the employee has the right to be reinstated and paid all lost wages.  

In the event of a layoff of five or fewer people, the employer must provide a reason in writing to the employee’s representative body, who has seven days to respond. The request then goes to the Ministry of Labor, which has 10 days to stop the layoff. Not responding is viewed as acceptance.  

In the event of a larger group layoff, the employer must notify workers’ representative body and the provincial offices of the Ministry of Labor to explain the reason for layoffs.  

Notice Period

The notice period in Angola is:

Must be 60 days for senior staff or middle management and 30 days for general workers.

Severance Pay

One month of pay for every year of seniority up to five years. After that, it’s 50% of monthly salary for each year.  

Probation Period

Probation period is up to 2 months.

Employee requirements in 


Working Hours

The standard workweek is 5.5 days at 8 hours per day, for a total of 44 hours. Work can be extended to 9 hours per day when the work is intermittent or simply requires the presence of the worker, or when the weekly is limited to five workdays.  

Employers are required to provide a lunch break of one hour if food is available on premise, or two hours if not.  

The government mandates one full rest day per week, normally on Sunday, and a complimentary half-day preceding or following the rest day.  


Hours worked during the mandated rest day are paid at the rate of 110% of the regular pay. Hours worked during the complimentary rest period are counted as overtime.  

Night work is paid at the rate of 125% of the regular pay  

Overtime is paid at the rate of 150% of the regular pay for the first 30 hours in a week and then at an additional 175% after that.  

The limit on overtime is 2 hours per day, 40 hours per month, and 200 hours per year.  

Want to hire contractors, anywhere? Start with Panther today for $0.

Start for $0
No credit card required