How to hire remote employees in


Want to onboard some talent from Gambia? 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 Gambia. Shall we?

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Gambian Dalasi

What to know before you hire in 


Laws about hiring are complicated enough. Try to research overseas laws (in Gambia, for instance) and it gets unbearably confusing. So we’re here to help. Bottom line is, if you want to hire in Gambia, 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 


, 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 Gambia 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 Gambia.

Taxes in 


Employer tax

Social Security

Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

In Gambia, annual leave is paid at 100% of the employee’s normal wages.

If a public holiday lands during a time when an employee is taking annual leave, the employee is entitled to an additional days’ pay to compensate.

An employee’s annual leave is determined by what the employee and employer agree to in their employment contract.

An employee gets a paid leave for every public holiday. If the public holiday falls during a weekend or annual leaves, the company pays extra as compensation.

Public Holidays

There are 14 public holidays.

Sick Days

Sick leave is determined by an employee’s employment contract or a collective bargaining agreement. The rate at which sick leave is paid is also determined by the employment contract.

Maternity Leave

The only criterion for maternity leave is that the employee must have worked under the same employer for two years.

A female employee is eligible for paid maternity leave for 12 weeks. Six weeks can be taken before the birth of the child and the remaining can be utilized after the birth.

The employer pays 100% of the employee’s salary during maternity leave.

Paternity Leave

There are no provisions in the Gambian law regarding paternity leave.

Parental Leave

Other than the already mentioned terms regarding maternity and paternity leaves, there are no other provisions in the law in Gambia regarding parental leave.

Other Leave

No Info.

Marriage Leave

No Info.

Bereavement Leave

No Info.


Termination Process

Termination of the employment contract is possible ;

  • Fixed-term employment is terminated at the end of the contract period.
  • Either the employee or employer can terminate the employment on mutual agreement from service, in the case of indefinite contracts.
  • An employee can be terminated for severe misconduct before the contract expires without a notice period.

Notice Period

Notice period in Gambia for a  fixed-term contract, the notice period is 14 days. For an indefinite period contract, it’s dependent on the length of service and the salary payment interval.

Severance Pay

In Gambia, the penalty for wrongful termination of contract may be as high as 36 months pay.

Probation Period

The probationary period in the Gambia cannot be more than 12 months for skilled workers.

Employee requirements in 


Working Hours

The standard working hours in Gambia are 38 hours per week.


The labor law in the Gambia does not specify the rest time, overtime eligibility, or work schedule in general.

Employees are not permitted to work overtime. While the law requires that overtime be compensated, it does not specify the rate of pay.

Overtime, on the other hand, is typically compensated at a rate of 150 percent of regular pay.

Overtime pay is 200 percent of regular pay on weekends and holidays.

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