Hiring employees in Cameroon is arguably the most important part of your expansion. Your employees play a big role in making your new subsidiary successful, and you need to find top talent ready to dive into their new positions. However, recruiting and hiring can be difficult in a foreign country where you have to learn new tax laws, employment compliance regulations, and more.
Globalization Partners has a team of Cameroon employment compliance experts ready to help streamline your hiring process. As the Employer of Record, we can use Cameroon hiring outsourcing to hire employees and assign them to work for your team. You won’t have to worry about hiring, compliance, or anything else aside from running your business.
Recruiting in Cameroon
While a cultural understanding is essential when it comes to the interpersonal aspects of the recruitment process, you should also consider some of the logistics of staffing in Cameroon. You can save your company a considerable amount of time and money by making the most of the recruitment channels available to you and taking care to follow Cameroon’s staffing and recruiting laws.
Job seekers in Cameroon will often begin their search for employment online, so job boards are a good starting point when it comes to sourcing talent. You can also advertise your open positions in local newspapers, such as the nationally distributed African Post. Word of mouth is another common recruitment tactic in Cameroon. For this reason, many companies choose to work with a global PEO that already has an established presence and contacts they can use to their advantage.
Laws Against Discrimination in Cameroon
While Cameroon’s anti-discrimination legislature may not be as robust as the laws in western countries, certain restrictions protect employees and potential hires from unfair treatment. Cameroon’s constitution promotes equality on the following grounds:
As a result, employers cannot discriminate based on these characteristics. You and your recruitment team should avoid asking direct questions about these traits during interviews and casual conversations with potential hires.
How to Hire Employees in Cameroon
The process of learning how to hire workers in Cameroon differs based on the type of employment. If you want to hire employees using a fixed-term contract, it must be in writing and meet a maximum of two years. For Cameroonian employees, you can renew a fixed-term contract once, after which it becomes an indefinite term contract. For foreign workers, different rules apply.
It’s not legally required to put indefinite-term contracts in writing, but we still recommend it to avoid any labor disputes or conflicts. These contracts should be in the local language and include important employment terms such as benefits, compensation, working hours, termination requirements, and more. Offer letters and employment contracts that include compensation or other salary amounts should include those numbers in Central Africa CFA francs.
Cameroon Employment Laws
Cameroon’s employment compliance laws continue well into an employee’s tenure with your company. You need to follow the country’s legal working hours — 40 hours a week for all sectors except agriculture, which is 48 hours a week.
Employers are allowed to offer overtime work temporarily for an exceptional or seasonal overload of work, inability to complete work during a fixed delay, or when you can’t hire additional staff. You should include overtime compensation in an employment contract to make sure employees understand the terms of the extra work.
Onboarding in Cameroon
Onboarding is left up to individual companies, so you can decide for yourself the best way to introduce employees to your business. That said, you can take certain steps to make employees more comfortable with your business and their new position, including:
- Traveling to Cameroon for the employee’s first day or week
- Offering necessary job training
- Organizing events that allow all new employees to meet
- Reviewing the employment contract and other important documents
Benefits of Hiring Outsourcing in Cameroon
The biggest benefit of Cameroon hiring outsourcing is that you don’t have to set up a subsidiary before you can start working in Cameroon. Without a global PEO, you’d have to spend weeks learning the country’s subsidiary laws and attempting to go through the incorporation process. When you finally complete it, it could be months since you started, already putting you past your timeline.
Globalization Partners will help you start working in just a few days using our existing subsidiary. You can hire employees we recruit, or we can onboard your preferred candidates quickly. Plus, you won’t have to face the stress of Cameroon employment compliance requirements.
Work With Globalization Partners To Expand Globally
If you’re ready to expand to Cameroon, we can help. Contact Globalization Partners today to learn more about Cameroon hiring outsourcing.