How to hire remote employees in

Sierra Leone

So you’ve found some great talent in Sierra Leone, but maybe a little less sure how you’re supposed to go about hiring them? You’re in the right place. In the next few minutes, you’ll learn how to hire remote talent in Sierra Leone, quickly, without wading into months and thousands of dollars of legal red tape.

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Sierra Leonean Leon (SLL)
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What to know before you hire in 

Sierra Leone

Hiring abroad is notoriously difficult: New labor laws, entities, a lot of words you’d rather not hear again. But we’ve got good news—it doesn’t need to be that way. Below, we’ll break down your two main options for hiring in Sierra Leone (and the one we prefer).

If you want to successfully hire in 

Sierra Leone

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Sierra Leone

. 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 

Sierra Leone

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

Why hire independent contractors in 

Sierra Leone

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 

Sierra Leone


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 

Sierra Leone

 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 

Sierra Leone


If you’re hiring contractors in 

Sierra Leone

, 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 

Sierra Leone

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 

Sierra Leone

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

Taxes in 

Sierra Leone

Employer tax

Work Injury Insurance

Individual tax


Paid Time Off (PTO)

Employees are entitled to 19 days paid annual leave, which increases to 22 days after five years of service and then 28 days after 10 years. Vacation Time in Sierra Leone:

  • 1-5 years of service:  19 days per annum
  • 6-9 years of service: 22 days per annum
  • 10 years and more: 28 days per annum

Public Holidays

There are 10 public holidays.

Sick Days

Entitlement to sick leave is generally governed by collective agreement or the employment contract.

Employees generally receive at least five paid sick leave days annually.

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave.

The employer pays the leave unless otherwise agreed in a collective agreement.

Paternity Leave

There is no paternity leave in Sierra Leone.

Parental Leave

No Info.

Other Leave

No Info.

Marriage Leave

No Info.

Bereavement Leave

No Info.


Termination Process

An employment contract in Sierra Leone can be terminated at the end of the contract period (if for a fixed term) by the employer or the employee. Fixed-term employment contracts terminate at the end of the term.

An employer and employee can terminate an employment contract without providing notice during the probation period unless there is an individual or collective agreement that requires notice.

Notice Period

Notice of termination periods range in between one week to one month. However the employee’s services must be terminated for just cause.

Severance Pay

Severance payments are not mandated by law in Sierra Leone. However, if an employee is terminated on the grounds of redundancy, they will be entitled to prior notice and compensation in accordance with their length of service with the employer.

Probation Period

The probation period iin Sierra Leone cannot exceed s six months.

Employee requirements in 

Sierra Leone

Working Hours

The standard workweek in Sierra Leone 40 hours.


Overtime in Sierra Leone is paid at and additional 50%; work on rest days is paid at an additional 100%.

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