Sierra Leone – Employer of Record

Globalization Partners provides employer of record services for clients that want to hire employees and run payroll without first establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Sierra Leone. Your candidate is hired via Globalization Partners’ Sierra Leone PEO in accordance with local labor laws and can be onboarded in days instead of the months it typically takes. The individual is assigned to work on your team, working on your company’s behalf exactly as if he or she were your employee to fulfill your in-country requirements.

Our Global Employer of Record Platform™ and Global PEO service enables clients to run payroll in Sierra Leone while HR services, tax, and compliance management matters are lifted from their shoulders onto ours. As a Global PEO expert, we manage employment contract best practices, statutory and market norm benefits, and employee expenses, as well as severance and termination if required. We also keep you apprised of changes to local employment laws in Sierra Leone.

Your new employee is productive sooner, has a better hiring experience and is 100% dedicated to your team. You’ll have peace of mind knowing you have a team of dedicated employment experts assisting with every hire. Globalization Partners allows you to harness the talent of the brightest people in 150 countries around the world, quickly and painlessly.

Sierra Leone is a small country in West Africa which borders the Atlantic Ocean. The population of 7 million live mostly in rural areas; 60% are under the age of 50. English is the official language, but each region has its own language as well.

When negotiating terms of an employment contract and offer letter with an employee in Sierra Leone, it may be useful to keep the following in mind:

Public Holidays in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone celebrates 11 national holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • International Women’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Independence Day
  • Eid-ul-Fitr
  • Eid-ul-Adah
  • The Prophet’s Birthday
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • Christmas

Working Hours in Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone work week is generally 40 hours. Overtime is paid at and additional 50%; work on rest days is paid at an additional 100%.

Vacation in Sierra Leone

In general, employees are entitled to the following paid annual leave:

  • One to five years of employment: 19 days of leave
  • Five to 10 years of employment: 22 days of leave
  • 10+ years of employment: 28 days of leave

Sick Leave in Sierra Leone

In general, employees are eligible for at least five paid sick days per year.

Maternity/Paternity Leave in Sierra Leone

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

Termination/Severance in Sierra Leone

Probation periods of up to six months are permitted.

Employees can be dismissed for just cause, and after two written warnings, they can be dismissed without compensation.

Health Insurance in Sierra Leone

There is free health care for pregnant women, children under five and lactating mothers. The government is working on extending free health care to more citizens.

Employment Contracts in Sierra Leone

Fixed term contracts of up to 12 months are permitted and may be renewed.

It is best practice to put a written employment contract in place in Sierra Leone, in the local language, which spells out the terms of the employee’s compensation, benefits, and termination requirements. An offer letter and employment contract in Sierra Leone should always state the salary and any compensation amounts in Sierra Leonean leone rather than a foreign currency.

This information is provided as general accepted information and is not intended as advisory services.

Why Globalization Partners

Establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Sierra Leone to engage a small team is time consuming, expensive and complex. Labor law in Sierra Leone has strong worker protections, requiring great attention to detail and an understanding of local best practices. Globalization Partners makes it painless and easy to expand into Sierra Leone. We can help you hire your candidate of choice, handle HR matters and payroll, and ensure that you’re in compliance with local laws, without the burden of setting up a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our Sierra Leone PEO and Global Employer of Record Platform provides you piece of mind so that you can focus on running your business.

If you would like to discuss how Globalization Partners can provide a seamless employee leasing or PEO solution for hiring employees in Sierra Leone, please contact us.