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Labor Laws in Ghana

  • Annual Leave: 15 days
  • Maternity Leave: 12 weeks
  • Public Holidays: 13
  • Workweek: 40 hours per week.

Income Tax in Ghana

Income Tax in Ghana is progressive with rates ranging from 0 - 35%.

Value Added Tax (VAT) in Ghana

The standard VAT rate is 15%.

Social Security in Ghana

The social security contribution scheme has three tiers. The first two are mandatory, while the third is voluntary.

For the first two tiers, employees contribute 5.5% and employers 13%. This totals 18.5%, with 13.5% going to the first tier and 5% to the second tier. These contributions are tax-deductible and tax-free for both parties.

The third tier has no restrictions on contributions. Employer and employee contributions up to 16.5% are tax-exempt if made to an approved fund manager. Contributions above 16.5% are taxable.

Expatriates generally must contribute to the mandatory schemes unless exempt. However, expatriates working for contractors in the upstream petroleum industry are not required to participate in Ghana's social benefit programs.

Work Visas Ghana

Here is the selection of work visas available for foreigners to work in Ghana:

Temporary Work Permit

  • Validity: Up to 6 months, extendable for another 6 months.
  • Eligibility: For short-term employment or specific projects.
  • Requirements:
    • Job offer from a Ghanaian employer.
    • Employer's justification for hiring a foreigner.
    • Proof of qualifications and work experience.

Long-Term Work Permit

  • Validity: 1 to 2 years, renewable.
  • Eligibility: For long-term employment.
  • Requirements:
    • Valid employment contract with a Ghanaian company.
    • Employers must prove the necessity of hiring a foreign national.
    • Proof of qualifications and work experience.

NGO Work Permit

  • Validity: 1 to 2 years, renewable.
  • Eligibility: For foreign nationals working with registered Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Ghana.
  • Requirements:
    • Job offer from a registered NGO.
    • Proof of qualifications and experience related to the NGO's work.

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