Paid Time Off (PTO)
Fixed-term contract employees are eligible for annual leave, which is proportional to the length of service once the period contracted is halfway complete.
Employees receive 22 days of paid annual leave.
This leave must be taken in the year it was given unless there was a specific agreement between the employee and employer regarding transferring unused annual leave.
There are 9 public holidays.
Employees in Cape Verde must have made at least four months of contributions, including 30 days in the three months before leave.
Employees receive up to 1,095 days of paid sick leave.
The first three days are paid at 100% by the employers. Starting on the fourth day, pay is provided to eligible employees through Cape Verde’s social security program.
Employees are eligible for maternity benefits through social security if they have made at least four months of contributions, including 30 days in the three months before leave.
Female employees in Cape Verde are entitled to 60 days of paid maternity leave. If the employee is not eligible for social security benefits, the employer pays the employee’s entire amount.
A male employee is entitled to paternity leave only if, within 120 days of the birth, the mother is unable to take care of the child due to physical or mental incapacity or the mother dies.
A minimum of 30 days’ leave is provided to the father if the mother dies.