How to hire remote employees in

Ivory Coast

Found someone you’d like to hire in Ivory Coast? 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 Ivory Coast. Shall we?

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
West African CFA Franc
EMPLOYER TAXES
18.45%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
French

What to know before you hire in 

Ivory Coast

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

Ivory Coast

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Ivory Coast

. 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 

Ivory Coast

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

Why hire independent contractors in 

Ivory Coast

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 

Ivory Coast

.

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 

Ivory Coast

 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 

Ivory Coast

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

Ivory Coast

, 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 

Ivory Coast

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

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If you want to hire employees in 

Ivory Coast

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

Taxes in 

Ivory Coast

Employer tax

CNPS Retirement Fund

Family Allowances

Work Injury


Individual tax

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Employees receive 24 days of annual leave, and this increases by two days after 15 years of service, four days for employees with 20 years of service, six days after 25 years and eight days after 30 years.

Public Holidays

There are 14 public holidays.

Sick Days

Employees in Ivory Coast are entitled to a minimum of five sick days per year.

Maternity Leave

Female employees  in the Ivory Coast typically includes 14 weeks’ leave.

Paternity Leave

Paternity leave is covered under family allowance leave, where the employee can take 10 days leave following the birth.

Parental Leave

No Info.

Other Leave

No Info.

Marriage Leave

No Info.

Bereavement Leave

No Info.

Termination

Termination Process

An employment contract may be terminated without notice and compensation by either of the parties during the probationary period.

Notice Period

Mandatory notice periods will vary depending on the seniority of the employee and the type of work they are engaged in,  but it’s generally between one and four months depending on length of service.

Severance Pay

Severance pay is typically 30-40% of normal monthly salary. Employers must pay severance to employees with more than one year of service who are discharged for reasons other than misconduct or gross negligence.

Probation Period

The probation period in Ivory Coast is:

  • 8 days for daily or hourly paid workers;
  • 1 month for monthly paid workers;
  • 2 months for supervisors, technicians and similar workers;

Employee requirements in 

Ivory Coast

Working Hours

The standard working hours in Ivory Coast is 40 hours a week or eight hours a day, Mondays to Fridays.

Overtime

Overtime is limited to 15 hours a week for both agricultural and non-agricultural workers without exceeding the daily limit of 3 hours per day.

The overtime is paid between 15% and 100% of the employee’s salary.

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