DR Congo PEO Services

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Hire & Pay Employees in DR Congo

DR Congo PEO & Employer of Record Services

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Global PEO Services (GPS) helps companies hire employees in DR Congo without establishing a legal entity. All human resources, benefits, payroll, and tax needs for the employees are managed by the Global PEO, while the new hires and headquarter teams focus on your business goals.

When hiring employees in DR Congo, establishing a subsidiary or branch office is not always the best route, as it’s often a lengthy and expensive process. Hiring via a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), or Employer of Record (EOR), is a faster and often more effective option – especially when starting up in a new country.

Global PEO Services hires the employees on your behalf, legally contracting them through our subsidiary in accordance with DR Congo labor laws. As a result, the burden of compliance is on us and the employees can begin work for your company in a matter of days. PEOs/EORs provide you with a streamlined option for hiring employees, testing markets, and responding to growing business needs in DR Congo. With Global PEO Services, you get control without taking on legal entity liabilities, contractor risks, or sacrificing on talent or speed to market.

DR Congo - Country Overview

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Congo, endowed with abundant hydrocarbon reserves has an estimated proven 1.6 billion barrels of oil reserves, 90 billion cubic meters of natural gas and significant mining resources. Major industries include mining (Cobalt, Copper, Diamonds, Gold, Zinc, Tin, Tungsten, Coltan), metal products, and consumer products (Plastics, Footwear, Textiles). Development projects to modernize the international airports in Ollombo, Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire have been undertaken to support foreign investment.

The government has launched significant reforms such as ‘The March toward Development’ to improve the quality of life over the next 5 years.

Currency

Congolese Franc

Principal Language

French

Government

Republic, Semi-presidential system

Capital City

Kinshasa

Major Cities

Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Kananga

Employment Contracts in DR Congo

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Verbal and written employment contracts are permitted in Congo. However, written contracts should be drafted in French stating employment details including wages, benefits, and termination requirements. The salary or any compensation amounts must be mentioned in Congolese Francs rather than any foreign currency.

Working Hours in DR Congo

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The regular work schedule comprises 9 hours a day or 45 hours a week.

  • The standard work schedule for non-shift hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a lunch break usually from 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm. Work schedules may vary for different departments.
  • A 3-shift system applies to Congo and employees are required to work at least an average 43 hours a week. Weekly work hours should not exceed 60, including overtime. Employees must get 48 hours of break time for every 7 days’ work.

Overtime

Work done beyond regular work hours or on the weekly rest day or public holidays is considered overtime. Overtime pay varies from 30% (130% x Basic Pay) premium over the regular pay for working on normal work days to 100% (200% x Basic Pay) for working on the weekly rest days. Construction workers hired through labor brokers work for 13 days and get a day off in a 2-week cycle.

Employee Leave in DR Congo

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Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter Monday
  • Labor Day Ascension Day
  • Reconciliation Day
  • Independence Day
  • All Saints’ Day
  • Christmas Day

Annual Leave

Employees are entitled to annual leave of 24 to 30 days each year based on employment category. The leave is increased by 2 days for every 5 years of employment.

Sick Leave

Employees with open-ended contracts and fixed-period contracts of more than 6 months are entitled to sick leave after 3 months of continuous employment. The first 10 days are paid at full basic salary, and the compensation reduces subsequently in 10-day increments. In case an employee is unable to begin work after 30 working days, the contract is suspended for a temporary leave of absence. In case the suspension is work-related, 2/3rd of the wages and full childcare allowance is paid for a maximum period of 6 months.

Maternity Leave

 Pregnant employees who have been employed for at least 6 continuous months are entitled to a maximum 14 weeks of maternity leave out of which a maximum 8 weeks can be taken post-childbirth. If the employment period is less than 6 months on the expected date of delivery, employees are entitled to leave without pay.

Compassionate Leave

After three months of continuous service, employees with fixed and open-ended contracts are entitled to 2 to 5 days (based on circumstances) of compassionate leave each year.

Employee Benefits in DR Congo

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Social Insurance Benefit

Social insurance benefit is provided to non-employed individuals who were insured for at least 5 years and who apply for coverage within 6 months of the end of insured employment.  A special social insurance system applies to certain civil servants.

Exclusions: Self-employed persons.

Source of Funds

  • Insured person: 5% of monthly income; 7% of average declared annual earnings for the voluntarily insured.
  • Employer: 5% of monthly payroll.
  • Government: An annual subsidy as required, up to a maximum.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Old-age pension: Age 65 for men, age 60 for women, or age 55 for prematurely aged men and women, with a minimum of 60 months’ coverage in the last 10 years.
  • Employment must cease.
  • The old-agepension is paid abroad under a reciprocal agreement.
  • Old-age settlement: Age 65 for men, age 60 for women with less than 60 months of coverage in the last 10 years.
  • Employment must cease.

Disability Pension

Qualifying Conditions

  • An employee must be younger than the normal retirement age.
  • The individual must be assessed with a permanent loss of income exceeding 33%.
  • Have a minimum of 36 months of coverage in the last 5 years.
  • No minimum qualifying period applies if the disability is a result of a non-occupational accident.
  • Constant-attendance supplement is paid in case the insured requires the constant attendance of others to carry out daily activities.
  • The disability pension ends at the normal retirement age and is replaced by the old-age pension of the same amount (including any constant attendance supplement).
  • A doctor appointed or approved by the National Social Security Institute re-assesses the disability periodically.

Work Injury

Coverage

  • Individuals including casual and household workers, apprentices, sailors, public-sector employees, vocational and craft schools, are not covered by a special system.

Source of Funds

  • Employer: 5% of monthly payroll (up to 3% for high-risk industries and employers in violation of workplace safety laws).

Temporary Disability Benefits

  • 7% (33.3% if hospitalized and without dependents) of the insured’s average daily wages 3 months before the disability started, is provided the day after the disability began, until certification of permanent disability or full recovery.
  • A doctor appointed or approved by the National Social Security Institute re-assesses the disability periodically.

Permanent Disability Pension

  • Individuals assessed with a total disability receive 85% of their average monthly wages 3 months before the disability began.

Partial Disability

  • Individuals with an assessed degree of disability of at least 15% receive a percentage of the full disability pension based on the degree of disability. Those with less than 15% assessed degree of disability are entitled to a lump sum equal to 3 times the partial disability pension the insured would have been entitled to.
  • Constant-attendance supplement equal to 50% of the disability pension is paid in case the insured requires the constant care and attendance of others to carry out daily functions.
  • Benefits are paid quarterly and are adjusted periodically.

Workers’ Medical Benefits

Medical benefits include:

  • Dental, surgical, and hospital care,
  • X-rays, pharmaceuticals, laboratory services,
  • Prostheses and transportation.

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