How to hire remote employees in


Want to know how you can hire in Benin, legally, without wading into months of paperwork and thousands of dollars in fees? In the next few minutes, we’ll teach you.

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What to know before you hire in 


Hiring in Benin? That’s excellent. There are two options: You can hire your talent as employees, or you can hire them as contractors. Because of Benin’s labor law structure, there are benefits and disadvantages to each approach.

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.

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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 Benin 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 Benin.

Taxes in 


Employer tax


Family allowance

Industrial Injury Insurance

Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

Employees choose when to take their vacation, but they must take 14 consecutive days. Employees receive two working days of leave per month after a year of service.

After 20 years of service, employees receive an extra two days of vacation each year. After 25 years, they receive a further four days of vacation and after 30 years of employment, they receive an extra six days of vacation.

Public Holidays

There are 16 public holidays.

Sick Days

In Benin, Employees’ contracts are protected while they are unwell, but they can be dismissed if they are declared unfit for work after their sick leave ends.

Employees receive one month of sick leave with less than a year of service. Those with tuberculosis, mental illnesses, AIDS, cancer, central nervous system diseases and leprosy receive six months of fully paid leave after one year of service.

Sick leave is paid in Benin depending on the term of an employee’s service in a company.

  • More than 12 months of service: One month of paid leave
  • 1 - 5 years of service: Three months paid leave and three months of half paid leave
  • More than 5 years of service: Six months paid leave

Maternity Leave

Female employee would be entitled to:

  • 6 weeks before the expected delivery date;
  • 8 weeks after that. If a woman experiences any postpartum complication; and
  • maternity leave can be extended by 4 weeks.

The employee is eligible to receive free healthcare and required benefits in kind during this period.

The employer must pay her normal wage during maternity leave. Social Security Funds will work with the employer to manage this financial expense of the company.

Paternity Leave

In Benin, male employee has 3 days leave.

Parental Leave

There are no statutory provisions for parental leave.

Other Leave

No Info.

Marriage Leave

No Info.

Bereavement Leave

No Info.


Termination Process

Employment contracts must be terminated in writing, but employers must provide a reason.

Employees can defend themselves and if the dismissal is unfair, the labor court can award compensation to the employee, if they have a year of service.

Notice Period

The notice period in Benin is 30 days.  However for senior workers and executives the notice period is three months.

In the case of an employee serving their notice period, a break of two days per week is permitted to allow them to  search for a new job.

Severance Pay

The statutory severance pay in Benin is as follows:

  • For 1-5 years of service: 30% of average monthly salary
  • For 6-10 years: 35% of average monthly salary
  • For more than 10 years: 40% of average monthly salary

Probation Period

The probation period is 3 months.

Employee requirements in 


Working Hours

The standard working hours in Benin is Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


In Benin, overtime is paid at specific percentages above the regular rate, depending upon the time worked.

Employees receive at least 24 hours of rest a week, typically on a Sunday.

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