Country Information

The Republic of Angola is a country on the west coast of Africa and Portuguese is the official language. The country hosts large oil deposits that account for nearly half of Angola’s GDP. Additionally, Angola is rich in diamonds. The National Bank of Angola is the country’s main bank, but several foreign banks operate within the country. Angola is a large country rich with potential for companies considering expansion into Africa.

Employment Contracts

Employment contracts must be written and contain the workplace location, salary, both parties’ details, responsibilities, type of contract, work hours and start date. Employers can use fixed-term employment contracts which can be six to 36 months long, depending on the type of contract, and must contain an end date. They can also use indefinite contracts, which must contain a start date.

Working Hours

The standard workweek is capped at 44 hours per week or eight hours a day. The workweek can be extended to nine hours a day and/or 54 hours a week in some cases. Overtime can be two hours a day and/or 40 hours a week and/or 200 hours in a year.

Sick Leave

When employees of big- or medium-sized corporations are sick or have an accident, the law considers the absences justified. The employer must pay 100% of the salary for two months. Small corporations pay 50% of the employee’s salary for 90 days.

Maternity/Paternity Leave

Female employees receive 12 weeks of paid maternity leave. Women are also entitled to prenatal maternity leave. With prior notice to the employer, the employee can take four more weeks of supplementary maternity leave. The employer can reclaim wages paid for maternity leave from the social security fund.


Bonuses are common in Angola. Also, Angola has a minimum wage.

Vacation Leave

Employees receive 22 days paid annual leave. Some annual leave can be carried over into the first quarter of the next year. Special rules apply to employees with family members abroad.

Public Holidays

There are many holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Liberation Day
  • Carnival Tuesday
  • Women’s Day
  • Peace Day
  • Good Friday
  • EasterLabor Day
  • National Heroes’ Day
  • All Souls’ Day
  • Independence Day
  • Christmas Day and Family Day
Health Insurance Benefits

Healthcare is funded by an 8% contribution from the employer in social security.

Employment / Termination / Severance

The notice period is between 30 and 60 days. Severance pay for redundancy is between one and 12.5 months.

Local Laws & Regulations

We understand that local laws and regulations change and sourcing an accurate reference guide is not easy. Our data is researched and verified by our team of local international Employment Attorneys, HR and Benefit Professionals and Tax Accountants through our Atlas team and consultants, to ensure information up-to-date and accurate.

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