How to hire remote employees in

Gabon

Want to onboard some talent from Gabon? First, you’ll need to understand how you can legally hire someone there—without signing yourself up for thousands of dollars in fees. On this page, we’ll teach you the fastest, easiest, most flexible way to hire talent in Gabon. Shall we?

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
Central African CFA Franc
EMPLOYER TAXES
16%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
French

What to know before you hire in 

Gabon

Laws about hiring are complicated enough. Try to research overseas laws (in Gabon, for instance) and it gets unbearably confusing. So we’re here to help. Bottom line is, if you want to hire in Gabon, you’ve got two options: You can hire your remote teammates as regular employees, or you can hire them as contractors. There are some serious differences you should know about, and we’ll cover them below.

If you want to successfully hire in 

Gabon

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Gabon

. 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 

Gabon

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

Why hire independent contractors in 

Gabon

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 

Gabon

.

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 

Gabon

 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.

It’s less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and generally puts you at a bigger risk for legal fees. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but even then, misclassification penalties are often minimal and just require you to pay off any compensation that the person would have been owed as an employee.

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 

Gabon

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

Gabon

, 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 

Gabon

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 

Gabon

If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in Gabon 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 Gabon.

Taxes in 

Gabon

Employer tax

Social Security

  • Retirement
  • Work injury
  • Medicine
  • Hospital costs
  • Family allowances

Individual tax

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Employees receive two days of paid annual leave a month after a year of service. Those younger than 18 years old receive two and a half days of leave per month.

Annual leave can increase depending on the age of the employee, their length of service with a company, and an employee’s family situation.

Public Holidays

There are 11 public holidays.

Sick Days

Employees in Gabon are entitled to up to six months of paid sick leave which is covered by the employer. After six months of illness, social security covers the sick leave pay

Maternity Leave

Female employees receive 14 weeks of fully paid maternity leave where six weeks are to be taken before the birth. This can be extended by three weeks in the event of a pregnancy related illness and two weeks in the event of multiple births.

Paternity Leave

Male employees receive no statutory paternity leave, but emergency family leave can be used.

Parental Leave

There are no statutory provisions for parental leave.

Other Leave

No Info.

Marriage Leave

No Info.

Bereavement Leave

No Info.

Termination

Termination Process

Employment contract can be terminated for poor performance or misconduct.

The employer must write to the employee and ask for an interview to discuss the reasons for dismissal. If the employer decides to terminate the contract, they must write a letter including the reason for dismissal.

Notice Period

Notice periods in Gabon depend on the employee’s length of service:

  • Less than 1 year of service: 15 days
  • 1 to 3 years of service: 1 month
  • 3 to 5 years of service: 2 months
  • 5 to 10 years of service: 3 months
  • 10 to 15 years of service: 4 months
  • 15 to 20 years of service: 5 months
  • 20 to 30 years of service: 6 months

Severance Pay

Severance pay in Gabon depends on the length of service.

Probation Period

The probation period in Gabon is 6 months.

Employee requirements in 

Gabon

Working Hours

The standard working hours in Eritrea is 48 hours for 8 hours a day.

Overtime

Overtime work may not exceed two hours unless there is written consent of the employee.

Employees are entitled to at least one day, 24 hours, of rest per week. This is generally a Sunday but can be a different day.

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